Tax Barristers

Tax

What our tax barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has broad expertise in both direct taxation (taxes on income, capital gains and inheritances) and indirect taxation (VAT, excise duty, customs duty, anti-dumping duty, SDLT and NIC). Members advise on issues of residence and, in the case of individuals, domicile.

We can draw together teams of barristers who range from experienced silks to the more recently qualified barristers, to offer a comprehensive and cost-effective service, combining strong analytical, advisory and advocacy skills with pragmatism and approachability.

Who our barristers act for

Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers advise and represent both taxpayers and tax authorities, including HMRC.

Our experience

Our barristers advise on tax matters arising in both commercial and personal contexts. We advise on disputes between public bodies and HMRC.

Much of our work involves EU law or has an international element. Our advice extends to double tax treaties or bilateral investment treaties, trade treaties and WTO law.

We can take on cases exclusively concerned with taxation in jurisdictions outside the UK, such as Hong Kong, Ireland or the UK’s overseas territories.

Our barristers have appeared in many appeals in all tribunals and courts hearing UK tax matters from the First-tier Tribunal and the Supreme Court to the European Court of Justice.

Our barristers are able to undertake tax arbitrations either as counsel or arbitrator.

Related practice areas

We are able to draw on expertise within 39 Essex Chambers in related practice areas, such as Commercial, Planning and the Court of Protection, to offer clients a comprehensive and efficient service.

Additional expertise

Our barristers are in high demand as conference speakers around the world and contribute regularly to periodicals and journals.

Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Tax team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9076


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call: 1995

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Christopher Staker
Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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