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UK Bar: Corporate Tax 2017

In this year’s edition, 26 leading barristers for are recommended for their experience and expertise advising domestic and multinational companies on the full range of taxation issues.

Most Highly Regarded
Jonathan Peacock QC 11 New Square
David Goldberg QC Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers
Malcolm Gammie QC One Essex Court
Kevin Prosser QC Pump Court Tax Chambers


Four highly rated barristers at 11 NEW SQUARE are highlighted this year. The set continues to be recognised as a destination for specialist tax advice and high-quality representation in the area.
Jonathan Peacock QC is “one of the best practitioners in the market”, with sources describing him as “a first-rate advocate and a real pleasure to work with”. He has notable expertise on VAT matters as well as insurance services.
Francis Fitzpatrick QC offers clients “great technical expertise” and is widely regarded as an “extremely good counsel” by impressed commentators. He advises on a wide range of direct and indirect tax matters.
John Gardiner QC is a “first-rate advocate” whom one magic circle firm regards as “the best, in our view” for tax matters. With nearly 50 years in practice, including 35 as a silk, he offers clients unrivalled experience in the area.

Specialist tax set GRAY’S INN TAX CHAMBERS also boasts four inclusions in the listings, including two QCs. Its members are regularly sighted on some of the highest-profile and most complex tax cases around.
“Heavyweight counsel” David Goldberg QC is described as “a formidable litigator” by sources who also note his “ability to attract big-name clients”.
Nicola Shaw QC gains plaudits as a “really solid and carefully prepared advocate” who is “a popular choice” for clients needing complex tax advice. She regularly represents both taxpayers and HMRC in litigation.

PUMP COURT TAX CHAMBERS features seven excellent barristers with deep experience assisting clients with the full range of tax and revenue issues.
Kevin Prosser QC is one of our most-nominated counsel this year, with a sterling reputation as “very clever and great in court”. One impressed source says: “He’s one of the best. He thinks things through and prepares well for litigation.”
Roger Thomas QC is a highly regarded barrister who “has seriously come into his own since taking silk” according to peers. He recently acted for Project Blue in its high-profile Court of Appeal case against HMRC.
The “extremely intelligent” Julian Ghosh QC is a leading corporate tax barrister with extensive expertise in European tax matters.

At ONE ESSEX COURT, Malcolm Gammie QC is “great in court and a pleasure to work with”, according to one peer, while another notes, “To my mind, he’s probably the best tax barrister working at the moment.”

Philip Baker QC of FIELD COURT TAX CHAMBERS has “great international expertise”, say commentators, who add that “HMRC respects his views”. He has 30 years’ experience in taxation matters.

Roderick Cordara QC at ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS is broad-based commercial barrister with extensive expertise in VAT and other indirect tax issues. Sources describe him as “excellent in court”.


Junior Hui Ling McCarthy at 11 NEW SQUARE is also highly regarded by respondents for her expertise in corporate taxation and VAT matters.

Two leading juniors from GRAY’S INN TAX CHAMBERS are highlighted.
Nikhil Mehta is a senior junior who “stands out for his technical advice” and is “excellent on Indian matters”, according to commentators.
Conrad McDonnell is an “extremely bright barrister”, say sources, who also note his presence in a number of significant cases of late. He has deep expertise in VAT, employee taxation and pension schemes.

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