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Field Court Tax Chambers

Imran Afzal

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Tax , Tax: Private Client
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Tax - London (Bar)

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Imran Afzal
Imran Afzal has an established reputation for his handling of a range of domestic and international tax matters including those relating to double tax treaties and transfer pricing. He represents a wide array of clients including tax authorities, companies and private clients, and acts in both contentious and non-contentious cases.
Strengths: "He is technically excellent, very insightful and a clear thinker." "Fiercely intelligent and good on the technicalities."
Recent work: Acted in Gallaher Limited v HMRC, a case concerning whether domestic tax relief law was in breach of EU law when transferring assets from UK companies to EU-based companies.
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Tax: Private Client - London (Bar)

Band 2

Imran Afzal
Imran Afzal is in demand from both HMRC and taxpayers for the most high-profile and complex matters, and is a particularly fine choice of counsel for tax scheme litigation and questions of residence and domicile. He is well known among private client tax specialists for his work on the 'Icebreaker' partnership scheme litigation, where he acted on behalf of the Revenue.
Strengths: "Incredibly clever, has a lot of experience and is completely on top of everything." "He is extremely quick and has a sharp, incisive mind."
Recent work: Instructed by the taxpayer in Nicolas Walewski v HMRC, a case concerning mixed partnership rules.
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Imran has a broad practice and has been involved in a range of domestic and international matters, acting for companies, private-clients and tax authorities. In addition to advisory work he is regularly involved in litigation. He is often instructed in high-profile and high-value matters, e.g. he has acted for Arron Banks in relation to whether the unavailability of tax relief for donations to UKIP constituted a breach of human rights and/or EU law, for Gallaher Ltd (part of the Japan Tobacco group) in relation to whether an "exit tax" on cross-border transfers of assets (for consideration in excess of £2bn) was a breach of EU law, for the Mauritius Revenue Authority in a transfer pricing matter where the sums at stake exceeded $100m., and for HMRC in the Icebreaker and Ingenious cases.

Career

Imran was called to the Bar in 2008. In 2014 he co-founded Field Court Tax Chambers, having previously practised in another set of tax chambers. In 2017 he was appointed to the Attorney-General's B Panel.

Professional Memberships

Revenue Bar Association

Personal

Imran read law at Oxford University as an undergraduate and postgraduate, coming top of the university on both occasions.

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