Wilberforce Chambers

Michael Furness QC

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Strengths

Michael Furness QC
An accomplished silk with long experience, most notably in trust-related matters, who is known for his work handling highly sensitive, political issues. He is particularly active in onshore and offshore tax litigation, and matters involving the international transfer of charitable assets and the international structuring of charitable organisations.
"A very thorough and thoughtful counsel who provides extremely clear and helpful advice. One of his great strengths is his knowledge of both trust law and tax issues. He has the ability to combine the two to provide sensible and practical advice and solutions."

Strengths

Michael Furness QC
Enjoys broad expertise in occupational pensions and other relevant areas, including tax law and trust litigation. He is well known for engaging in international litigation in offshore jurisdictions. Trustee boards and large household-name employers seek out his counsel.
"Very experienced, excellent on paper and a strong advocate. He has real gravitas." "Intellectually he is incredibly strong and very good on the detail. He is also incredibly user-friendly."
Recent work: Advised the trustees of the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund on various issues concerning the interpretation of the scheme rules.

Tax - London (Bar)
Band 2
Strengths

Michael Furness QC (Wilberforce Chambers)
Specialises in trust work and an array of related issues. He possesses particular expertise in occupational pensions, tax litigation and onshore and offshore trust matters. He is additionally well versed in the tax aspects of professional negligence claims.
"Has a very nice manner with both the client and the court and possesses impressive gravitas."
Recent work: Represented the BBC in intervening in tax appeals relating to the taxation of BBC staff engaged through service companies.

Strengths

Michael Furness QC
Noted for his work in onshore and offshore disputes, he often deals with trust and tax litigation as well as associated professional negligence matters. His cases often involve complex, multi-jurisdictional issues and he is recognised for his experience of dealing with matters in the Hong Kong courts.
"Very good at knotty, intellectually demanding trust matters. The more complex it is, the more likely he will be the only person who can deal with it in a reasonable and effective manner." "He combines careful attention to detail with an incisive ability to get to the nub of the problem."

Strengths

Michael Furness QC
An impressive silk who is especially knowledgeable in trusts and tax disputes, as well as contentious and non-contentious pension scheme work. His practice regularly leads him to appear in Bermudian trust cases, and he has experience of acting in Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. He also provides counsel on professional negligence claims.
"A really bright guy who is extremely quick-witted. He has a manner about him that inspires confidence." "Michael is an expert at handling legal issues which require detailed and painstaking analysis."

Strengths

Michael Furness QC
Well-regarded tax, pensions and chancery specialist. He handles a wide array of offshore trusts litigation and tax scheme cases, including film schemes, as well as advising on tax structuring.
"A superb advocate."