UK Bar: Corporate Tax 2019

We identify 22 silks and three juniors in this chapter for their excellent work representing clients in high-stakes matters in domestic and international proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Malcolm Gammie QC  One Essex Court
2. Philip Baker QC  Field Court Tax Chambers
3. Julian Ghosh QC  Pump Court Tax Chambers

Silks

Pump Court Tax Chambers achieves an impressive six listings here, marking its presence as one of the leading sets for corporate tax matters.
Julian Ghosh QC is “extremely bright” and “a super advocate” say peers who commend his expert handling of complex European tax disputes.
Kevin Prosser QC leads the chambers and excels in corporate tax litigation, most notably when it comes to tax avoidance, VAT and trust-related disputes. 
Jonathan Bremner QC is well regarded among peers who consider him “great in court” when it comes to high-value tax litigation.

11 New Square sees four experts recognised.
Jonathan Peacock QC is “regarded very highly” by peers who consider him “incredibly bright” and commend his impressive work acting for corporates and individuals in domestic and international tax matters.
John Gardiner QC “remains the best” for significant corporate tax proceedings, according to peers who praise his extensive experience handling a range of related disputes.  

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has three silks noted for their standout work in the area.
Nicola Shaw QC represents clients at all tribunal and court levels and is recognised for her impressive expertise in high-value revenue and tax disputes.
David Goldberg QC is a well-recognised figure in the corporate tax space where he stands out for his vast experience representing clients in high-stakes revenue and administrative law proceedings. 
Michael Flesch QC also gains recognition here for his top-tier handling of advisory and contentious tax matters, including transactions.

Devereux Chambers is home to three outstanding silks in corporate tax disputes.
Jolyon Maugham QC is well known for his impressive work on direct and indirect tax matters, and wins high praise from peers who note he is “great in court”.
Felicity Cullen QC is “a very bright advocate” according to peers. Impressed sources note she “has advised on a number of substantial transactions in this field”.
Timothy Brennan QC is a well-established name in the corporate tax sphere, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his work on employment-related taxation matters.

Monckton Chambers has two leading figures recognised.
Melanie Hall QC is a well-known silk in the field who excels in VAT matters, EU law and complex corporate tax litigation.
Valentina Sloane QC is “a highly persuasive advocate” say peers who commend her impressive practice. She appears in domestic and international courts on high-value tax disputes.

Malcolm Gammie QC at One Essex Court is a preeminent figure at the tax Bar. He is recognised as an “extremely bright” lawyer who stands out for his superb work on highly complex tax disputes.

Philip Baker QC of Field Court Tax Chambers is a leading name at the bar for corporate tax disputes, and is highlighted by peers for his deep knowledge of EU law. 

Juniors

Nikhil Mehta at Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers possesses decades of experience in advising and representing clients in tax matters. He stands out as a top name for UK and Indian tax proceedings, with one source saying he is “great for India-related work”.

At Devereux Chambers, Barrie Akin is “really technically able” say peers who commend him for his impressive work on a range of corporate tax matters, often with a cross-border element.

Jonathan Schwarz from Temple Tax Chambers is an expert in tax litigation, known for his adept handling of complex cross-border and international tax disputes.

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