Tax - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 3 legal directors
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London, Birmingham and Manchester
What the team is known for Interdisciplinary group well known for its ability to settle and litigate tax disputes, including those relating to VAT and other indirect taxes. Broad UK and EU court experience.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very serious outfit, with dedicated litigators and disputes specialists."
"The team at Pinsent Masons is, I have no doubt, the very best available in this sector, in terms of both experience and acumen."
Work highlights Acted for UBS in a case concerning a tax avoidance arrangement constructed for its bonus scheme.
Represented Secret Hotels in its VAT dispute with HMRC.
James Bullock heads the firm's litigation and compliance group and "is a deep and broad thinker who will put things into a good context," according to commentators.
Sources say Jason Collins "is very good with the clients. He is good at reassuring them and seeing the big picture." He leads the tax group at the firm.
Stuart Walsh "has vast experience of litigating, technical brilliance and knowledge of tax, and the 'soft touch' with the clients, who trust him implicitly - in my experience that's the holy trinity for tax litigators," said one interviewee.
Significant clients BT Pension Scheme, Balfour Beatty, Parasol, Kier, Ferrovial.