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UK UK-wide Tax: Contentious

This ranking table recognises those firms defending clients in actions brought by HMRC relating to VAT, PAYE and NI contributions, among other areas of taxation.

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Band 1
  1. 1
    Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 10 Years Ranked
    Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP has high-quality expertise in UK and EU tax disputes. It has a dedicated team made up of highly regarded specialists in tax litigation, noted for their comprehensive grasp of tax issues, including regular work on group litigation orders. The firm services a number of key clients in the financial services, media, manufacturing and retail sectors. The team is proficient in acting for individuals, as well as high-profile multinational organisations, and has strong overseas expertise acting for a variety of international companies on cross-border matters including fund disputes and tax fraud.
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Band 2
  1. Baker McKenzie
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    Baker McKenzie
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 6 Years Ranked
    Baker McKenzie has a respected disputes team that consists of lawyers and non-legal specialists such as accountants. The team has significant experience in transfer pricing and VAT disputes. The firm has additional strength in handling Diverted Profits Tax matters and European state aid investigations. International tax disputes are a particular area of strength, and the team is regularly sought out for advice on complex multi-jurisdictional matters.
  2. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 1 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper has a strong contentious tax team that is able to advise on a wide range of matters. VAT and transfer pricing are two key areas of strength; however, the group's expertise is broad and it is able to assist clients faced with most types of HMRC inquiries.
  3. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides a full-service contentious tax offering with noted experience advising on high-value disputes involving issues such as transfer pricing. Its impressive clientele includes notable global companies, and it is well known for its handling of complex matters in international markets. The team has additional sector expertise within the energy and media industries.
  4. RPC
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    RPC
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 13 Years Ranked
    RPC has an experienced and skilful team known for its high-quality client service. The firm advises on complex judicial review, tax investigation and ADR proceedings, and boasts a large client base, including those within the retail, financial services, sports, and food and drink sectors. The team regularly advises on cross-border matters, with particular experience handling ECJ tax cases.
  5. Slaughter and May
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    Slaughter and May
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Slaughter and May works with a broad spectrum of high-profile corporates and individuals on UK and EU tax issues. The firm offers in-depth technical expertise in tax inquiries and investigations. Its lawyers are noted for their experience in obtaining confidential HMRC settlements for clients and are adept at advising on international tax disputes.
  6. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2
  7. Pinsent Masons
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Fieldfisher
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    Fieldfisher
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Fieldfisher has a versatile team that offers advice on all areas of contentious tax, including HMRC investigations relating to tax avoidance. The firm represents high-profile clients in courts, in tax tribunals and at a European level. The team advises clients from the media, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and financial services sectors. Its lawyers are experienced in tax matters involving customs duty, VAT and cross-border trust structures.
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    KPMG Law
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    KPMG Law has a dedicated team of solicitors and barristers able to provide a full-service tax offering. The team frequently appears at all levels of the court system, from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court. VAT disputes are a key strength of the firm, while the team is equally comfortable when advising on litigation touching on double taxation or group relief.
  3. Mishcon de Reya LLP
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    Mishcon de Reya LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Mischon de Reya has an impressive team of tax disputes specialists known for its work with individuals and corporate clients. As well as its work on VAT disputes, the team also advises businesses and individuals in the media sector on IR35.
  4. PwC Legal
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  5. Simmons & Simmons LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    BCLP represents a range of corporate clients in complex tax disputes. The team is able to provide extensive guidance in cases concerning VAT, corporate, income and payroll, and international and cross-border taxes. Its lawyers regularly assist at all levels of the domestic courts system.
  2. Hogan Lovells
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    Hogan Lovells
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    Hogan Lovells provides a well-rounded tax litigation service to significant commercial clients. The firm has specialist knowledge in both direct and indirect tax, in addition to transfer pricing. The team frequently acts for clients within the technology, financial and manufacturing sectors and is accomplished in advising individual claimants through to global corporations on a range of contentious matters including indirect tax disputes and international financing.
  3. Macfarlanes LLP
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    Macfarlanes LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Macfarlanes LLP has a robust team of litigators with broad knowledge and experience in a range of complex tax disputes. The firm regularly assists corporate and fund clients with cases concerning the tax treatment of transactions and transfers, tax deductions and reliefs, and the application of anti-avoidance rules. The team has further experience in providing advice on group claims.
  4. Stewarts
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    Stewarts
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Stewarts has a broad team of tax litigators supporting corporate and individual clients on both direct and indirect tax disputes. The firm's areas of expertise include litigation relating to tax avoidance schemes, the tax treatment of employee benefits, and VAT.
  5. Ashurst
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  6. EY Law
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  7. Norton Rose Fulbright
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  8. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Tax: Contentious
    UK 2023 | Band 4