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Tax: Private Client (The Bar) — London (Bar)

Band 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the HNW guide

Pump Court Tax Chambers is widely regarded as the pre-eminent set for private client tax work at the London Bar. "It is second to none," confirms an observer, while another market commentator says: "They continue to be the clear stand-out set for tax advice, you can rely on Pump Court to have specialists who are capable of dealing with every area of tax." "As a chambers it is light years ahead of anyone else in terms of tax and has been way ahead for a long time," comments a legal practitioner. Barristers at the set handle a wide range of litigious and advisory matters, which include offshore and onshore trusts, residence and domicile issues, Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax.

The set is lauded for its "very fine clerking team;" interviewees describe the team as "very friendly," "efficient" and "always very prompt." Senior clerk Nigel Jones is praised for "keeping a very orderly ship" and both Bruno Antoniotti and Rob Adams are noted by sources for the high level of service they provide.

Emma Chamberlain "is a fantastic private client tax junior," enthuses an interviewee. "I think she really is a superstar," agrees a market insider. "Her particular expertise and skill is in the Inheritance Tax field and in non-domicile tax, which she is excellent at," comments an observer, adding: "She is also ferociously intelligent." "She has a real insight into how the Revenue think and so she brings a really interesting and helpful take on things," says a barrister, adding: "She is not an aggressive advocate, but instead she is collaborative, which is winning for the judges because they will listen." Another legal professional reports that "Emma's ability to not just know the technical law, but to also know what HMRC is thinking from the inside is without equal."

William Massey QC "is the great star of the private client Tax Bar," says a market insider, adding: "He has this reputation where people think if he thinks something, then it must be right." "He has a good reputation for landed and heritage matters. He is just brilliant at relating to families and he can get to the nub of the matter really quickly; he is excellent and has been a great resource," reports one interviewee. Another comments: "He has real gravitas, he's very strong on Inheritance Tax, he's very thoughtful and has a very rounded view." Massey is also praised for his "technical abilities, charming manner, and his ability to explain complex points clearly."

The "seriously awesome" Kevin Prosser QC wins praise from all corners of the market for his tax expertise. "He is fabulous," enthuses an interviewee, explaining that "he is forensic in his knowledge of the tax law but also creative. He finds the answers to the conundrum presented to him." "I think he's brilliant. He absorbs a huge amount of information and he can solve problems. He's tremendously bright and always fits the bill - he's been consistently excellent," reports one source. Another comments: "He's very much the leading light; I rate him very, very highly indeed, he's an absolute star." "He's probably the best tax advocate there is," says a fellow barrister.

James Rivett is considered a "star at junior level" for his tax practice. He assists clients with advisory and contentious tax matters, including tax issues arising from divorces. An interviewee comments: "We love working with him - he is superb in person and verbally. If you want someone quick and to the point he is amazing; he has a very, very fast brain." Rivett is also praised as "very bright and very engaging," and "incredibly cerebral."

Elizabeth Wilson has a comprehensive litigation and advisory tax practice, which includes assisting with offshore trust planning and planning for non-domiciles. "She explained very tricky tax principles to the client in a way that they could really understand. She turned the papers around very quickly and her advice was spot-on," reports one interviewee. Another agrees: "She is excellent on life insurance matters - she can understand it fully and make it easy to understand for the client. Her soft skills are excellent and she is very friendly and personable."

David Ewart QC is noted for his specialism in representing HMRC in tax cases. He also advises high net worth individuals on Inheritance Tax planning and trusts. "He is absolutely top class," enthuses one interviewee. Another reports that "he's a compelling advocate. He's always in court, I do wonder how he has the time to prepare so well - whatever his secret is, it works."

Julian Ghosh QC is well respected for his tax expertise and frequently acts for both the taxpayer and HMRC. "He's very clever, very hard-working and very knowledgeable," comments a fellow barrister, adding: "I'm sure he's very capable at anything he turns his hand to. He's a very able person to have on your team."

Laura Poots is an experienced tax practitioner, assisting clients with tax planning matters as well as acting in litigation. "Her technical skills are first class, she's very responsive, she tends to get the right answer and she's commercial," reports a source. "She's very pragmatic and practical, lovely to deal with, very approachable and she takes the complexities out so you can really discuss things with her. She's absolutely excellent, she's my go-to person," enthuses an interviewee.

Richard Vallat QC is regularly instructed on offshore trusts and income tax matters. Vallat also has expertise in domiciliary issues and regularly represents HMRC in challenging tax planning schemes. "I have always found him to be extremely good on advisory matters," reports one commentator. Another interviewee says: "He is very strong, very thorough, intelligent and user friendly."

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Band 2

From the HNW guide

Devereux has a "strong reputation as a leading set for tax law." The set advises wealthy individuals on tax and estate planning matters, including pensions, offshore trusts and Capital Gains Tax. It is also noted for its members' experience acting for HMRC in tax litigation cases. "They have some serious depth," notes a fellow barrister, adding: "They have some very good people there."

"The clerks are particularly responsive and they're a great help," reports one legal insider. Another comments that "the clerking is excellent, they're very easy to deal with." Assistant practice manager Tom Keiller and practice manager Chris Downes are both singled out for praise by interviewees.

Aparna Nathan focuses her practice on revenue law matters and is experienced in advising high net worth clients on residence and domicile issues. "I cannot say enough good things about her," enthuses one interviewee, adding: "She's very charming and very practical. She's very creative and she can see things no one else can see." "I have a lot of respect for her practical and fair approach," reports another source.

The "truly amazing" Felicity Cullen QC specialises in advising the owners of closely held businesses on taxation. "She is so accessible, very straightforward, bright and a pleasure to deal with," notes one interviewee. Another comments: "She's brilliant, and nice and understated with it. She's a real thinker. She gives practical and pragmatic advice as well as being technically first-rate."

Marika Lemos has a wide-ranging private client tax practice, which includes advising affluent individuals on both domestic and international taxation matters. Described as "absolutely excellent," she also wins praise for her "practical ability" and "very clear and pragmatic advice."

Akash Nawbatt QC is well regarded for his work in representing both HMRC and private clients in tax disputes. "He is superb and his client care is very good; he's very responsive and very sensitive to clients who are getting bad news," says an interviewee. "He is a fearsome cross-examiner and I have suffered at his hands quite a lot," reports a fellow barrister, adding: "He is someone to be reckoned with; if you have him on the other side you need to be well prepared."

Barrie Akin has a broad private client practice, which includes advising UK and international high net worth clients on Capital Gains Tax, residency matters and offshore trusts. He also regularly represents private clients in tax disputes with HMRC. A market insider remarks: "Barrie's advice is cogent and practical. His hands-on expertise as a previous Big Four partner provides a distinctive combination of practical approaches in the real world with detailed considerations of how a court might approach the issue."

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Band 2

Old Square Tax Chambers

From the HNW guide

Old Square Tax Chambers is highly regarded for its private client tax work. A fellow barrister comments that "they are very, very clever - there are some very big brains in that set." The set advises clients on a wide range of taxation matters, including Inheritance Tax planning and the taxation of foundations and trusts. Barristers at the set also have extensive experience in representing clients in high-profile tax litigation cases.

Cliff Holland is the set's senior clerk.

James Kessler QC is regarded as "one of the leaders in this field" for his extensive tax expertise. "He's strong on non-dom tax work, he writes the leading book on it," reports a market insider, adding that "he's an extremely intelligent man." Sources also highlight Kessler's capabilities in charity matters. "You will always get good advice from him. He's the guy to go to if you have a problem in this area," comments a fellow barrister.

Rory Mullan advises on tax planning matters, as well as representing clients in tax disputes. He has particular expertise in the interaction between EU and UK tax laws; a market insider reports that "he is quite visionary on European law and tax, which for the last three or four years has become essentially essential." Described as "very thoughtful," Mullan is also praised for his "good court presence."

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the HNW guide

Wilberforce Chambers is known as an "outstanding chambers" which has "very good tax people and recruits at a high level." One market insider comments that "the set has very strong practitioners." Another reports that "they're a set at the top of their game." Barristers at the set have wide-ranging expertise in private client matters, including trusts, administration of estates and Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax.

Led by head clerk Mark Rushton, the clerking at the set is considered to be "absolutely brilliant."

Jonathan Davey QC is well respected for his chancery practice and is experienced in high-profile tax litigation cases. "He is a real up-and-coming star," notes a market insider, adding: "He really excels at the tax work he does."

Described as a "superb advocate," Michael Furness QC focuses his practice on trusts, tax and pensions matters. He has extensive experience in international litigation, frequently acting in tax litigation cases in the UK and in Hong Kong. Furness also deals with onshore and offshore trusts matters.

Brian Green QC is considered a "legend of the private client Bar." He assists clients with a variety of matters, including trusts, estates and pension schemes. "He is brilliant and is definitely my go-to barrister," remarks an interviewee, explaining: "He always comes up with very pragmatic advice and always manages to put together seemingly incompatible strands of very complex matters. What sets him apart is that he always makes a point of making himself available to us and will drop everything so we can get everything done and satisfy our client."

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Band 3

Field Court Tax Chambers

From the HNW guide

Field Court Tax Chambers is described by peers as "a very nice chambers" and "a great set for this work." Barristers at the set assist wealthy individuals and tax authorities with UK tax law, double tax treaties and tax-related human rights law matters.

"The clerking is excellent and the best I have ever seen. They are responsive, prompt and they ask sensible questions," reports a legal practitioner, adding: "Practice managers Stephanie Talbot and Marie Burke are both excellent."

Patrick Soares has a comprehensive tax practice, advising clients on offshore tax, trusts and value-added tax. He is noted for his expertise in property structuring matters. Soares is praised by sources as "hugely knowledgeable" and "very intellectually clever."

Philip Baker QC is considered an "excellent private client silk." "He is very ambidextrous between all tax areas and is very well respected by HMRC," notes an interviewee, adding: "He has an incredibly encyclopaedic knowledge of tax, he thinks outside of the box and he has gravitas." One market insider comments that "he also understands EU tax law and he's been very visionary on that for years. He's a compelling advocate." Another describes him as "a world authority on international tax treaty work."

Imran Afzal focuses his practice on both litigation and advisory work for domestic and multi-jurisdictional private client tax matters. "He's excellent to work with," notes a solicitor, praising him as "extraordinarily diligent" and "bright." Azfal is also described as "undoubtedly very clever."

Patrick Way QC represents both high net worth individuals and HMRC in tax litigation, and advises clients on a range of tax matters. "He is a really good private client silk," notes one market source, explaining: "He has a big presence, he's an extremely nice man, and a lovely opponent." Another observer comments: "He is an excellent strategist, a technician who can pull out the most complex point and put it in a simple way. He is also extraordinarily good at the client-facing side of things and he can deliver sensitive things to the client in the right way."

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Band 3

From the HNW guide

5 Stone Buildings has recently strengthened its taxation offering with new arrivals. Barristers at the set handle a wide range of tax matters, including high-profile tax litigation cases and providing tax planning advice. They have additional experience in trusts, pensions and offshore work, as well as inheritance issues. The set is noted for its strong chancery focus and is described as "very highly regarded."

One impressed solicitor says the clerking at the set has "always been prompt and very helpful." Paul Jennings is the set's senior clerk.

Christopher Whitehouse "is a leading light in private client taxation," enthuses an interviewee, adding: "He is a gem for providing guidance in this area and has an absolutely top notch reputation for his published advisory work." Whitehouse handles matters relating to landed estates and Inheritance Tax, as well as domicile matters. A source describes him as "extremely knowledgeable and very able."

Amanda Hardy QC is considered a "fine practitioner with a good practice." She is experienced in litigation relating to indirect and direct tax. Hardy also advises private clients on a range of matters, including offshore trusts, pensions tax and residence and domicile issues. An interviewee praises her written work as "excellent, clear and fully dealing with all issues in a practical and timely manner." This interviewee goes on to describe her style in court as "incisive, thoughtful and entirely reliable and competent."

Oliver Marre handles non-contentious and contentious tax law matters, with a particular focus on private client taxation. He advises clients on Inheritance Tax planning, trusts and domicile and residency issues. "I think he's user-friendly," remarks an interviewee, adding that "he's very measured in his approach to advising and he gives a balanced, credible opinion."

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Star Individuals

William Massey QC

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

William Massey QC"is the great star of the private client Tax Bar," says a market insider, adding: "He has this reputation where people think if he thinks something, then it must be right." "He has a good reputation for landed and heritage matters. He is just brilliant at relating to families and he can get to the nub of the matter really quickly; he is excellent and has been a great resource," reports one interviewee. Another comments: "He has real gravitas, he's very strong on Inheritance Tax, he's very thoughtful and has a very rounded view." Massey is also praised for his "technical abilities, charming manner, and his ability to explain complex points clearly."

^ See whole ranking table

Star Individuals

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

The "seriously awesome"Kevin Prosser QC wins praise from all corners of the market for his tax expertise. "He is fabulous," enthuses an interviewee, explaining that "he is forensic in his knowledge of the tax law but also creative. He finds the answers to the conundrum presented to him.""I think he's brilliant. He absorbs a huge amount of information and he can solve problems. He's tremendously bright and always fits the bill - he's been consistently excellent," reports one source. Another comments: "He's very much the leading light; I rate him very, very highly indeed, he's an absolute star." "He's probably the best tax advocate there is," says a fellow barrister.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Old Square Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

James Kessler QC is regarded as "one of the leaders in this field" for his extensive tax expertise. "He's strong on non-dom tax work, he writes the leading book on it," reports a market insider, adding that "he's an extremely intelligent man." Sources also highlight Kessler's capabilities in charity matters. "You will always get good advice from him. He's the guy to go to if you have a problem in this area," comments a fellow barrister.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Christopher McCall QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Christopher McCall QC of Maitland Chambers concentrates his practice on private client matters, including taxation and trusts. He is highly regarded among his peers, and is praised as "very experienced" and "an absolutely charming man." "He is an absolutely brilliant person to have in your corner," reports one interviewee. Another market commentator enthuses that "he is absolutely super and still at the top of his game after such a stellar career."

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Band 2

Field Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Philip Baker QC is considered an "excellent private client silk." "He is very ambidextrous between all tax areas and is very well respected by HMRC," notes an interviewee, adding: "He has an incredibly encyclopaedic knowledge of tax, he thinks outside of the box and he has gravitas." One market insider comments that "he also understands EU tax law and he's been very visionary on that for years. He's a compelling advocate." Another describes him as "a world authority on international tax treaty work."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Felicity Cullen QC

Devereux

From the Chambers HNW guide

The "truly amazing"Felicity Cullen QC specialises in advising the owners of closely held businesses on taxation. "She is so accessible, very straightforward, bright and a pleasure to deal with," notes one interviewee. Another comments: "She's brilliant, and nice and understated with it. She's a real thinker. She gives practical and pragmatic advice as well as being technically first-rate."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Jonathan Davey QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Jonathan Davey QC is well respected for his chancery practice and is experienced in high-profile tax litigation cases. "He is a real up-and-coming star," notes a market insider, adding: "He really excels at the tax work he does." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

David Ewart QC is noted for his specialism in representing HMRC in tax cases. He also advises high net worth individuals on Inheritance Tax planning and trusts. "He is absolutely top class," enthuses one interviewee. Another reports that "he's a compelling advocate. He's always in court, I do wonder how he has the time to prepare so well - whatever his secret is, it works."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Michael Flesch QC

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Michael Flesch QC of Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is well regarded for his tax practice, which encompasses both advisory work and litigation relating to offshore trusts and domicile issues. "He is very sound, very experienced and a safe pair of hands," remarks an observer. "He stands out in my mind as a particularly good recommendation for private client work" says one market insider. Another agrees: "He's fantastic. He's absolutely one of my favourites - he's very bright and very understated."

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Band 2

Michael Furness QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Described as a "superb advocate,"Michael Furness QC focuses his practice on trusts, tax and pensions matters. He has extensive experience in international litigation, frequently acting in tax litigation cases in the UK and in Hong Kong. Furness also deals with onshore and offshore trusts matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Julian Ghosh QC is well respected for his tax expertise and frequently acts for both the taxpayer and HMRC. "He's very clever, very hard-working and very knowledgeable," comments a fellow barrister, adding: "I'm sure he's very capable at anything he turns his hand to. He's a very able person to have on your team."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Brian Green QC is considered a "legend of the private client Bar." He assists clients with a variety of matters, including trusts, estates and pension schemes. "He is brilliant and is definitely my go-to barrister," remarks an interviewee, explaining: "He always comes up with very pragmatic advice and always manages to put together seemingly incompatible strands of very complex matters. What sets him apart is that he always makes a point of making himself available to us and will drop everything so we can get everything done and satisfy our client."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers HNW guide

Amanda Hardy QC is considered a "fine practitioner with a good practice." She is experienced in litigation relating to indirect and direct tax. Hardy also advises private clients on a range of matters, including offshore trusts, pensions tax and residence and domicile issues. An interviewee praises her written work as "excellent, clear and fully dealing with all issues in a practical and timely manner." This interviewee goes on to describe her style in court as "incisive, thoughtful and entirely reliable and competent."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Devereux

From the Chambers HNW guide

Akash Nawbatt QC is well regarded for his work in representing both HMRC and private clients in tax disputes. "He is superb and his client care is very good; he's very responsive and very sensitive to clients who are getting bad news," says an interviewee. "He is a fearsome cross-examiner and I have suffered at his hands quite a lot," reports a fellow barrister, adding: "He is someone to be reckoned with; if you have him on the other side you need to be well prepared."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Field Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Patrick Way QC represents both high net worth individuals and HMRC in tax litigation, and advises clients on a range of tax matters. "He is a really good private client silk," notes one market source, explaining: "He has a big presence, he's an extremely nice man, and a lovely opponent." Another observer comments: "He is an excellent strategist, a technician who can pull out the most complex point and put it in a simple way. He is also extraordinarily good at the client-facing side of things and he can deliver sensitive things to the client in the right way."

^ See whole ranking table

New Silk

Richard Vallat QC

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Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Richard Vallat QC is regularly instructed on offshore trusts and income tax matters. Vallat also has expertise in domiciliary issues and regularly represents HMRC in challenging tax planning schemes. "I have always found him to be extremely good on advisory matters," reports one commentator. Another interviewee says: "He is very strong, very thorough, intelligent and user friendly."

^ See whole ranking table

Star Individuals

Emma Chamberlain

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Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Emma Chamberlain"is a fantastic private client tax junior," enthuses an interviewee. "I think she really is a superstar," agrees a market insider. "Her particular expertise and skill is in the Inheritance Tax field and in non-domicile tax, which she is excellent at," comments an observer, adding: "She is also ferociously intelligent." "She has a real insight into how the Revenue think and so she brings a really interesting and helpful take on things," says a barrister, adding: "She is not an aggressive advocate, but instead she is collaborative, which is winning for the judges because they will listen." Another legal professional reports that "Emma's ability to not just know the technical law, but to also know what HMRC is thinking from the inside is without equal."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Devereux

From the Chambers HNW guide

Aparna Nathan focuses her practice on revenue law matters and is experienced in advising high net worth clients on residence and domicile issues. "I cannot say enough good things about her," enthuses one interviewee, adding: "She's very charming and very practical. She's very creative and she can see things no one else can see." "I have a lot of respect for her practical and fair approach," reports another source.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

James Rivett is considered a "star at junior level" for his tax practice. He assists clients with advisory and contentious tax matters, including tax issues arising from divorces. An interviewee comments: "We love working with him - he is superb in person and verbally. If you want someone quick and to the point he is amazing; he has a very, very fast brain." Rivett is also praised as "very bright and very engaging," and "incredibly cerebral."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Field Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Patrick Soares has a comprehensive tax practice, advising clients on offshore tax, trusts and value-added tax. He is noted for his expertise in property structuring matters. Soares is praised by sources as "hugely knowledgeable" and "very intellectually clever."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Christopher Whitehouse

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers HNW guide

Christopher Whitehouse"is a leading light in private client taxation," enthuses an interviewee, adding: "He is a gem for providing guidance in this area and has an absolutely top notch reputation for his published advisory work." Whitehouse handles matters relating to landed estates and Inheritance Tax, as well as domicile matters. A source describes him as "extremely knowledgeable and very able."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Elizabeth Wilson has a comprehensive litigation and advisory tax practice, which includes assisting with offshore trust planning and planning for non-domiciles. "She explained very tricky tax principles to the client in a way that they could really understand. She turned the papers around very quickly and her advice was spot-on," reports one interviewee. Another agrees: "She is excellent on life insurance matters - she can understand it fully and make it easy to understand for the client. Her soft skills are excellent and she is very friendly and personable."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Devereux

From the Chambers HNW guide

Marika Lemos has a wide-ranging private client tax practice, which includes advising affluent individuals on both domestic and international taxation matters. Described as "absolutely excellent," she also wins praise for her "practical ability" and "very clear and pragmatic advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Field Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Imran Afzal focuses his practice on both litigation and advisory work for domestic and multi-jurisdictional private client tax matters. "He's excellent to work with," notes a solicitor, praising him as "extraordinarily diligent" and "bright." Azfal is also described as "undoubtedly very clever."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Devereux

From the Chambers HNW guide

Barrie Akin has a broad private client practice, which includes advising UK and international high net worth clients on Capital Gains Tax, residency matters and offshore trusts. He also regularly represents private clients in tax disputes with HMRC. A market insider remarks: "Barrie's advice is cogent and practical. His hands-on expertise as a previous Big Four partner provides a distinctive combination of practical approaches in the real world with detailed considerations of how a court might approach the issue."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers HNW guide

Oliver Marre handles non-contentious and contentious tax law matters, with a particular focus on private client taxation. He advises clients on Inheritance Tax planning, trusts and domicile and residency issues. "I think he's user-friendly," remarks an interviewee, adding that "he's very measured in his approach to advising and he gives a balanced, credible opinion."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Old Square Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Rory Mullan advises on tax planning matters, as well as representing clients in tax disputes. He has particular expertise in the interaction between EU and UK tax laws; a market insider reports that "he is quite visionary on European law and tax, which for the last three or four years has become essentially essential." Described as "very thoughtful," Mullan is also praised for his "good court presence."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers HNW guide

Laura Poots is an experienced tax practitioner, assisting clients with tax planning matters as well as acting in litigation. "Her technical skills are first class, she's very responsive, she tends to get the right answer and she's commercial," reports a source. "She's very pragmatic and practical, lovely to deal with, very approachable and she takes the complexities out so you can really discuss things with her. She's absolutely excellent, she's my go-to person," enthuses an interviewee.

^ See whole ranking table

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