In order to enhance the quality of the services that 18 St John Street Chambers is able to offer, the Tax Disputes Department has now expanded to include a number of criminal practitioners with expertise in fraud.

Prior to this expansion our department was already the largest Tax Disputes Department in Chambers outside London and the only Tax Department able to draw on the in-house experience of two fee-paid judges of the Tax Tribunal.

We believe the added dimension that criminal practitioners will be able to bring, in terms of forensic ability, witness handling, cross-examination and advocacy – will be to the benefit of the client.

Members of the enlarged department have expertise in all areas including; direct tax, VAT, excise duties, seizure, condemnation and restoration proceedings. Members act for private individuals, companies and public bodies as well as tax authorities including revenue and customs. We deal with both domestic and international tax matters.

Chambers is mindful of the extra pressures that the current situation has placed upon solicitors and those they represent. All practitioners with whom you will deal are familiar with the various platforms used by the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal to facilitate remote hearings and preparation and conduct of those hearings.

Chambers is able to offer, for those solicitors/clients who do not readily have access to the same, a dedicated room in Chambers that can be used in order to participate in remote hearings. This facility can be utilised while maintaining appropriate social distancing measures.

Our barristers advise in writing or in conference and appear on both business, property and personal matters in all tiers of the tribunals and Courts, including the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice.

Many appeals are brought, and lost, by the taxpayer because the wrong approach was taken with HMRC. The right approach, setting out the facts and law in a way which appeals to HMRC, can often help narrow or even completely resolve a dispute without the need for an appeal.

Many taxpayers do not know that HMRC has an Alternative Dispute Resolution procedure, which aims – in a face to face meeting, with the assistance of a mediator – to resolve tax disputes without the need for a formal appeal to the Tribunal. We can advise and represent taxpayers at such meetings.

We aim to advise promptly, in writing or in person. If an appeal enjoys no chance of success, we will tell you as early as possible, to save you the time and expense of a hopeless appeal.

If an appeal is brought, we can advise and assist in the drafting of all necessary documents, and in representing you before the Tribunal. Only 20% of taxpayers’ appeals before the Tribunal are successful. We can help you improve your chance of being in that 20%.

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