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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  365
  • 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
- 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. 

Notable practitioners  

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.

Tax - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Expert handling of the full range of tax fraud matters including civil and criminal HMRC investigations and MTIC frauds. Strong capabilities in offshore tax disclosure arrangements, including the Swiss Disclosure Facility.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Client service was excellent. They came back to us very quickly with everything we wanted." 

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.

Notable practitioners  

James Bullock heads the firm's litigation and compliance group, within which the tax department sits. He has an outstanding market reputation for all contentious tax matters, including HMRC enquiries and investigations.

Jason Collins heads the tax team, and is also considered a market-leading lawyer for all contentious tax fraud matters, including MTIC fraud.