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UK Bar: Tax 2016

This year 23 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Kevin Prosser QC Pump Court Tax
Jonathan Peacock QC 11 New Square
Malcolm Gammie QC One Essex Court
David Goldberg QC Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers
Leading Juniors
Hui Ling McCarthy 11 New Square
Alun James Temple Tax Chambers


Pump Court Tax Chambers once again leads the way with seven of its tax silks featured in this year’s listings. Head of chambers Kevin Prosser QC is the “top name at the bar”, whose litigation practice is described as “exceptional” and “the gold standard at the bar” by peers. The “fantastic” Julian Ghosh QC has a particular reputation for his corporate work and involvement in cases on European taxation issues. David Milne QC is a “standout” and “incredibly talented” tax adviser who specialises in both direct and indirect tax disputes. Roger Thomas QC is renowned for his “strong technical abilities” and understanding of complex tax matters, and impresses client with his ability to make “complex matters seem simple”. Andrew Hitchmough QC specialises in all forms of corporate tax, VAT and Customs duties and is a “valued asset” to many. Rupert Baldry QC specialises in tax law and its application to companies, trusts and individuals and is an “all-time great” with a “sterling reputation”. David Ewart QC has a broad taxation practice which has seen him “at the forefront of the English tax bar for many years”.

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has three of its senior members recommended, including David Goldberg QC, whose “encyclopaedic knowledge” of the tax bar makes him a “first port of call” for many. David Goy QC offers clients a “wealth of expertise”, and his “detailed advice” is lauded as “meticulous”. Michael Flesch QC is a “dean of the bar” whose “ability to get to the heart of an issue” makes him “a great asset to his chambers”.

11 New Square sees two of its silks highlighted this year. Jonathan Peacock QC commands an “impressive reputation” at the bar, and is particularly commended for his “expert insights” and “calm demeanour”. John Gardiner QC has a “highly impressive history of cases”, having acted in many of the significant commercial tax cases in the last 40 years.

Devereux Chambers also has two of its silks listed. Jolyon Maugham QC has a predominantly litigation based practice in the fields of direct and indirect tax, and impresses with his “diligent manner” and “creative approach” to client problems. Felicity Cullen QC is acclaimed for her “great flair” and “careful handling” of matters, and is a “favourite among clients”.

Malcolm Gammie QC at One Essex Court is a “heavyweight litigator” who has gained “invaluable sector experience” from his time working at both law and accountancy firms before moving to the bar.

Philip Baker QC from Field Court Tax Chambers is an international taxation specialist, with his reputation as a “consummate expert” making him a “top choice” for many.

From Hage Aaronson, Graham Aaronson QC boasts specialist knowledge of transfer pricing, oil and gas taxation and life assurance office taxation, making him a “true star” in these fields.


Temple Tax Chambers garners three listings of its junior members. Alun James has a “strong commercial approach” to cases, putting him “in high demand” among clients and instructing silks alike. Jonathan Schwarz specialises in international tax disputes and is lauded for his “brilliant” handling of cross-border tax problems while Philip Ridgway impresses with his “resolute focus” and “no-nonsense approach”.

From 11 New Square, Hui Ling McCarthy is a “phenomenal talent” whose “straightforward and practical advice” makes her “one of the most sought-after juniors at the tax bar today”.

Jonathan Bremner at Pump Court Tax Chambers advises on the major UK taxes and acts in tax appeals and tax related litigation before the specialist tribunals and the higher courts. He is described by peers as a “very bright junior” and “quick to understand complex issues”.

Conrad McDonnell from Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers boasts a broad practice with a particular focus on corporate tax and VAT, and is noted for his “business-oriented approach”.

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