Got a dispute with HMRC? Our tax team is made up of specialist tax lawyers who can assist you to resolve your tax dispute. Our ex-HMRC lawyers will guide you on complex tax legislation to get you the best possible result.
Total number of taxpayers in the UK (2019)
Total number of HMRC tax appeals (2014)
Tax appeals settled without Tribunal hearing (2014)
Number affected by disguised remuneration loan charge (2019)
(Source: HM Revenue & Customs)
We have decades of experience in negotiating with HMRC and managing appeals against their decisions at all levels. Members of the team include qualified Tax Solicitors and Tax Barristers whom have vast experience of tax laws and first hand commercial, litigation and advocacy experience including previously working at HMRC as senior Tax Counsel.
Instruct our professionals
Our dual-qualified Solicitor & Barrister team assess your case at the outset. We will quickly determine the merits and prospects of your tax dispute and then also advise you on how to obtain an optimal outcome.
Qualified tax solicitors & tax barristers with litigation and HMRC expertise. We are the only solicitors’ firm in England to operate from professional chambers in Middle Temple, London.
Our ex-HMRC tax barristers can advise on tax matters such as appeals, penalties, investigations, Tax Tribunal appeals, VAT evasion, MTIC fraud, COP 8 or 9, seized goods, disguised remuneration.
Our Areas of Expertise
We regularly undertake insolvency litigation in these core areas:
TAX EVASION & HMRC INVESTIGATIONS
Need advice from ex-HMRC Tax Counsel?
Want to challenge a HMRC tax penalty or fine? HMRC investigation? VAT issues? Problems with a disguised remuneration scheme or tax evasion? Need representation at the First Tier Tax Tribunal?
Our expert tax solicitors and barristers have years of experience in of working with and negotiating with HMRC and managing appeals against their decisions at all levels. Members of the team include qualified Tax Solicitors and Tax Barristers whom have vast experience of tax laws and first hand commercial, litigation and advocacy experience previously working in-house for multinational accountancy firms and as senior counsel at HMRC itself.
Our experienced lawyers regularly carry out work in many tax disputes areas, from advising clients on whether HMRC have followed the correct procedures to successfully challenging HMRC’s policies. We have specialist knowledge in HMRC internal processes as well as ensuring that we are able to successfully challenge HMRC decisions in the Tax Tribunals. We have a team of established tax and duties specialist lawyers with a proven track record of delivering authoritative solutions for our high net worth individual and corporate clients.
*Please note we do not undertake legal aid work and are normally only instructed on HMRC tax disputes that are of a substantial value (this is because legal costs are rarely recoverable in Tax Tribunal cases). Please see our costs page for more information.*
Risk of using an accountant against HMRC…
It is important to note that all client communications to accountants are not legally privileged and are easy for HMRC to obtain; however, communications to lawyers are legally privileged and highly confidential. Therefore it is beneficial to the success of many of our clients’ cases that we be instructed to instruct an experienced forensic accountant on your behalf.
Although you may have instructed an accountant in relation to your accounts and tax matters for yourself or your business, in most cases your accountant should realistically only assist you in tax compliance matters whereas we specialise in assisting you in relation to any investigations that HMRC have brought against you. We regularly work with accountants to ensure that collectively we are able to obtain the best possible resolution to your matter.
Featured guide on HMRC Disputes & Investigations
The Company Director’s Guide on managing HMRC disputes
Our specialist tax team regularly provide market leading advice to directors of companies and limited liability partnerships.
Our work has featured in KSA Group‘s Worried Directors Guide 2018, including our authoritative guide on HMRC tax disputes and investigations.
UK Tax Litigation Legal News Articles from our team:
The First Tier Tax Tribunal has held that HMRC must show deliberate behaviour on the part of a third party who has failed to file the return delegated to them, when determining penalties, which case is important to taxpayers who often delegate tax returns to tax advisers and accountants. If you are facing a penalty…
In Eurochoice Ltd v HMRC  UKFTT 449 (TC), the First Tier Tax Tribunal has held that a company and its director were jointly and severally liable for HMRC’s costs, in an appeal in which only the company (and not the director personally) was party to the proceedings. Ordinarily under the Tribunal rules, in non-complex…
HMRC have recently disclosed data showing that in almost 20% of cases, the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool was unable to return a conclusive response. The CEST tool therefore leaves many contractors and companies in limbo before the implementation of the private sector IR35 reforms. The CEST tool has been subject to criticism…
HMRC sends nudge letters to 4,000 hospitality businesses opening compliance checks into their claims in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Fraudulent claims can lead to HMRC conducting a formal investigation and taking criminal action or HMRC issuing a penalty assessment. If you are a company who has participated in the scheme and…
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