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Pinsent Masons


Pinsent Masons - London
  • 5 Old Bailey
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4M 7BA
  • Senior Partner Richard Foley
  • Managing Partner David Ryan
  • Number of partners 390
  • Qualified lawyers 1200

The Firm Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering a high quality service and adding value for clients. The firm’s approach to doing business is structured around developing long-term relationships with its clients, its people and its local and global communities. With an international resource of over 1,500 lawyers - including 500 lawyers in its headquarters in the City of London - the firm delivers on the ground legal advice from 19 locations, advising clients on their businesses worldwide. Working with major international and UK corporations, institutions and public bodies, the firm has strong global credentials in four sectors: advanced manufacturing and technology, energy and natural resources, financial resources, and infrastructure. It also has considerable knowledge and expertise across a wide range of services which cover (for example) corporate, M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax. Pinsent Masons’ emphasis on listening, understanding and building strong working partnerships has proved essential to the firm’s many successful client relationships, evidenced by the large number of FTSE350 and similar clients for which the firm acts.

International Offices Aberdeen; Belfast; Birmingham; Edinburgh; Leeds; London; Manchester; Munich; Paris; Istanbul; Dubai; Qatar; Beijing; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Singapore.


  • 30 Crown Place,
  • Earl Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2A 4ES
  • Tel (020) 7418 7000
  • Fax (020) 7418 7050
  • DX 119516 Finsbury Square
  • Website : www.pinsentmasons.com

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. 

Notable practitioners  

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.

Tax - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
7 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Operates across all areas of tax fraud, including on disclosure facilities relating to Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Further strengths include advising clients on MTIC fraud matters and civil and criminal investigations by HMRC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are professional, knowledgeable, imaginative and very commercial, and they have a remarkable rapport with HMRC, which is invaluable. They are a really good team."

Notable practitioners  

James Bullock "is a highly competent and accomplished lawyer," according to market sources. He leads the litigation and compliance group at the firm and is experienced in handling HMRC investigations

Jason Collins is noted for his "very good client skills." He heads the tax team and has represented clients in numerous MTIC cases.