"One of the tax Bar's veteran litigators", Legal 500 2016
“A fabulously gifted advocate”, Legal 500
“As smart as they come”, Legal 500
“Active in advising on litigation matters, with particular strength in CGT”, Legal 500
Christopher Sokol is an extremely experienced tax practitioner who has been in practice at the Revenue Bar for nearly forty years.
In that time he has advised or litigated on most aspects of UK Tax but recently clients have sought him out particularly for
(i) high net worth individual tax advice, often with some offshore or non-UK element
(ii) a range of tax advice relating to assets, private companies and trusts
(iii) post scheme clear-ups and consequential litigation with HMRC
Although the balance between his contentious and non-contentious work is constantly changing (at the moment the former predominates), both have always been substantially present.
A firm believer in keeping his clients out of the Tribunals and Courts and avoiding confrontation if at all possible, Christopher has achieved some very satisfactory results through the Revenue’s new Alternative Dispute Resolution process.
Conventional dispute handling has also bought recent successes in as diverse areas as capital allowances on aircraft leasing, trading losses for studs and racehorses, insurance premium tax on car hires and income tax on restricted share bonuses.
Whether the client is in need of help in dealing with a problem, preventing one from arising, or simply putting himself in the best position possible, Christopher Sokol is a well tried and tested source of confidential, realistic and effective legal advice, on which many have usefully relied and which is respected (if not always agreed with) in HMRC.
Topics on which he has recently written, lectured or given seminars include:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Tax Litigation – a realistic appraisal
Appeals – costs, ‘reasonable cause’, ‘deliberate’ and privilege
Follower notices, accelerated payments and DOTAS
Finance Bill highlights
The taxation of non-UK domiciliaries and changes to IHT are in the pipeline.
For the convenience of northern clients he also practices from:
Deans Court Chambers
24 St John Street
Tel: 0161 214 6000
Christopher Sokol is qualified to accept direct/public access clients.