Tax: Contentious - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 4 legal directors
- 22 associates and assistants
- Recommended office locations: London, Birmingham and Manchester
What the team is known for Pre-eminent team of tax lawyers with an unrivalled geographical coverage of the UK. Multi-disciplinary team contains former senior HMRC officers and highly respected litigators. Continues to go from strength to strength since the 2012 merger of Pinsent Masons and McGrigors.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They are very serious players – a leading contentious tax firm. They have very good and experienced people. They know what they're doing."
What's new? Solicitors Natalie Stoter and Piermario Porcheddu joined the team from, respectively, Burges Salmon and Arnold Bloch Leibler in Australia. Tax manager Anju Dhinsa joined from Grant Thornton.
Work highlights Acted for the Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme on foreign income dividend and tax credit group litigation. The litigation was the highest-value matter to have gone through the Tax Tribunals.
Acted for Secret Hotels on a VAT dispute with HMRC. The case concerned the question of whether the client acted as agent or principal in the sale of overseas hotel accommodation.
James Bullock is very prominent in the contentious tax arena, while one client reveals: "He's a great lawyer and I would follow him wherever he would go." Bullock heads the litigation and compliance group at the firm, and is noted for his strong experience of complex disputes with the HMRC.
Jason Collins heads the tax group, and handled the aforementioned matter for the Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme. Interviewees note that he "thinks well strategically."
Stuart Walsh heads the tax disputes and interventions team. He routinely works with blue-chip clients on disputes with HMRC concerning both direct tax and VAT.
Significant clients UBS, BT Pension Scheme, Secret Hotels.