Head of Chambers: Milton Grundy
Senior Clerk: Chris Broom
THE CHAMBERS Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers is a leading set of specialist tax practitioners. Its members advise on all aspects of UK revenue law and have a long-established expertise in tax litigation before the Tribunals, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, the European Court of Justice and certain Commonwealth and foreign jurisdictions. The chambers has a friendly approachable atmosphere and is known for its problem-solving approach to tax matters, seeking to find the optimum way to deal with the tax aspect of transactions ranging from structuring large land development projects and commercial deals to estate planning for farmers and businessmen. Chambers maintains a popular website, which offers a rapid reporting of tax cases. The address is www.taxbar.com.
APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS All members of chambers belong to the Revenue Bar Association, of which Nicola Shaw QC is presently and Michael Flesch QC was formerly Chairman. Milton Grundy is President of the International Tax Planning Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is the draftsman of the Trusts Law of the Cayman Islands and of the IBC Act and the Trusts Act of Belize. Michael Flesch QC is a member of the Addington Society and conducts a wide-ranging practice from domicile and inheritance tax to corporate tax issues both here and in Hong Kong. David Goldberg QC continues to enjoy an extensive advisory and litigation practice both nationally and internationally. Laurent Sykes QC is a chartered accountant and Conrad McDonnell conducts a heavy litigation practice. Nikhil Mehta was formerly a partner in a leading firm of London solicitors and is both a barrister and an Indian advocate. Michael Jones is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel and is Tax Junior of the Year. Michael Firth graduated from Oxford University and is a CTA. He is a very experienced junior litigator.
WORK UNDERTAKEN Members give advice to taxpayers who are in dispute with HMRC, and where litigation is inevitable, appear for them before the Tribunals and the Court. Members advise private clients on the planning of the business and personal affairs. They advise on corporate tax planning, including acquisitions, mergers, takeovers and methods of financing, property transactions, international business, cross-border transactions, offshore and domestic trusts, estate planning and all matters involving direct and indirect taxes, including VAT. Members also advise non-profit organisations, local authorities and charities. Direct Professional Access is accepted from members of the appropriate professional bodies.
PUBLICATIONS Members contribute to the GITC Review, which is published every year and have written, contributed to or edited very many publications including: ‘VAT and Property’; ‘British Tax Review;’‘Asset Protection Trusts’; ‘Value Added Tax Encyclopaedia’; ‘Offshore Business Centres’; ‘The Law of Partnership Taxation’; ‘The Laws of the Internet’; ‘Essays in International Tax Planning’; ‘Six Fiscal Fables’ and various articles on domestic and international tax developments. Some of the members are well known-lecturers in their fields.
INTERNATIONAL Languages spoken include French, German, Italian and Marathi. Members of chambers advise clients from many countries including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Europe, India, the Isle of Man, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA. Members also advise the revenue departments of Commonwealth and other countries on the interpretation of their statutes, and advise and appear for HMRC in the United Kingdom and the Inland Revenue in Hong Kong.
Milton Grundy (1954)
Michael Flesch QC (1963) (QC-1983)
David Goldberg QC (1971) (QC-1987)
Nicola Shaw QC (1995) (QC-2012)
Laurent Sykes QC (2007) (QC-2016)
Nikhil Mehta (1976)
Conrad McDonnell (1994)
Michael Jones (2006)
Michael Firth (2011)
Laura Kathryn Inglis (2013)