Alun James


Practice Overview

"Has a great grasp of the issues and is very good with clients" - Chambers & Patners 2019: Tax

"An able communicator, who is very good at handling clients" - Legal 500 2019

"Regularly engaged by accountants in corporate tax matters, in both the litigation and advisory contexts. He maintains a strong practice in a number of areas, and is an expert on corporate reorganisations, share buy-backs, buyouts and securities" - Chambers and Partners 2015 - Tax


Expertise:  He is very down-to-earth and quick-witted. He listens carefully to his clients, thinks widely, and encourages you to challenge him. In addition, he articulates clearly, and has the emotional intelligence to adapt and act appropriately when faced with changing scenarios."

Recent work Acted on behalf of McLaren Racing in an Upper Tribunal appeal relating to the tax deductibility of a fine imposed by the FIA.


Legal 500 2014 Corporate and VAT: "He is quick witted and listens to his clients carefully."


Alun aims to help businesses achieve their commercial objectives in the most tax efficient manner.  His professional clients are for the most part accountants and the work business-orientated:


* transactional work

* corporate reorganisations

* share buy-backs and returning capital

* debt restructuring

* buy-outs

* transactions in securities and clearance work

* employment-related securities, EMI schemes, EIS/VCT issues and so on


He advises on all direct taxes in a business context, as well as SDLT and VAT.


Much of his practice is advisory, whether planning, transaction-based or assisting in relation to disputes with HMRC. Typically instructions come by email and are discussed in conference or by phone. He then settles a note of the advice given.


Litigation is also undertaken, usually at FTT/UT level.


Alun seeks always to develop a good working relationship with his clients. Many are in contact on a regular basis, sometimes just to talk a possible matter through, as well as for specific advice. Alun believes that the better our professional clients understand what we do, and the benefits we can provide, the better the end product.


He has been one of the editors of Bramwell’s Taxation of Companies and Company Reconstructions since 1992. He lectures in his areas of particular interest across the UK, and often participates in clients’ in-house discussion sessions on topical tax issues. He features in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior. He has been in practice since 1988 and is also a member of Exchange Chambers in Liverpool and Manchester.