Michael Sherry

Michael Sherry

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Tax: “Head of chambers, and a barrister known for his commercial approach to direct tax problems, income tax issues and questions relating to capital gains tax. 


Expertise: "Very commercially minded. He's inventive, a very good technician, and good at coming up with solutions to problems - we go to him when we hit a brick wall."

Alun James

Alun James

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Tax: 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.


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."

David Southern QC

David Southern QC

Chambers and Partners 2015 – Indirect Tax: "He has an advisory and litigation practice concentrating on general direct and indirect tax issues, including those concerning VAT. He is a noted authority on tax as it relates to derivative contracts and loan relationships.

"He is a very well-known figure in the field, and a very entertaining advocate."

"He is very approachable and able to think outside the box" - Legal 500 2016

"A leading expert on the taxation of loan relationships" - Legal 500 2016

"A master of detail, and an excellent advocate with a measured and forensic style" - Legal 500 2014


Michael Conlon QC

Michael  Conlon QC

“Lauded for his incredible depth of expertise” (The Legal 500: VAT and Indirect Tax

“His reputation in the field is second to none” (The Legal 500: Tax Litigation)

“He has fought, and won, a lot of cases… his expertise enables him to look at and analyse a problem from many different angles and to assess not only the technical merits of an argument but also what HMRC’s view would be” (Chambers UK Tax Guide).

“A powerful and persuasive advocate” (Client)

Christopher Sokol QC

Christopher Sokol QC

"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

Jonathan S. Schwarz

Jonathan S.  Schwarz

Jonathan Schwarz focuses on international tax disputes as counsel and as an expert and advises on solving cross-border tax problems.


Specialisation: Double tax relief, tax treaties, transfer pricing, permanent establishments, cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, withholding taxes, residence, domicile, EU tax law, property investment, exploitation of intellectual property and digital economy taxation, shipping, air transportation and tonnage tax, internationally mobile employees and cross-border and pensions, entertainers and sportspeople, joint ventures and private equity, group structures, finance, CFCs, , investment funds and management, taxation international tax enforcement and exchange of information.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Chambers and Partners 2015 – Indirect Tax: Noted for his litigation experience relating to a wide variety of indirect tax issues. His matters include customs and excise duty, VAT and insurance premium tax cases. 

Expertise: "As he was previously employed as an Officer of HM Customs and Excise for many years he is fully familiar with HMRC law, regulations, policy, procedures and guidance. As a result he is able to take a broader view of HMRC tax investigations, and achieve the best possible outcome for our appellant clients."


Scott Redpath

Scott Redpath

“…deals with corporate and personal tax advice and tax litigation. He is also involved in pensions. "Efficient and hard-working, he is a bright lad who is responsive to what solicitors and clients need." Chambers and Partners (2012)


…consistently impressing with his clear grasp of accountancy matters, attention to detail and ability to make cogent arguments in favour of his client.” His practice takes in general corporate advisory work and litigation. Personal tax and VAT are also key areas of strength. Clients enthusiastically comment that he “is always well prepared and has the ability to think around contentious points.Chambers and Partners (2011)


Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Michael was called to the bar in 2003. He was a pupil in a leading commercial set of chambers before joining Temple Tax in 2005.


Michael’s practice is litigation and advice on all areas of tax law. He has appeared without a leader before the Tax Tribunals and in the High Court. He also appears as a junior in large tax litigation.

Philip Ridgway

Philip Ridgway

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Tax: Has a broad corporate tax practice and is a noted expert on tax issues as they relate to insolvency cases. 

Expertise: "He is calm and decisive. He plans his strategy in advance, and always has a plan B. He has the ability to dissect an argument put forward by the opposition - he goes through it atom by atom and dismantles it piece by piece."

Anne Redston

Anne Redston


Anne is an experienced tax specialist with a litigation and advisory practice. She has advised on a wide range of tax issues, including corporate tax, employment, pensions, environmental taxes, financial services, social security and indirect taxes and duties. She is a Visiting Professor of Tax Law at King’s College London and consultant editor of Tolley’s Yellow Tax Handbook (“the Yellow Book”). She is a judge of the First-tier Tax Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) and also sits in the Tax Chamber. Before moving to the Bar, Anne was a partner at Ernst & Young, and head of the UK Financial Services Tax Practice. She is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.



Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray

Chambers & Partners 2018 Ranked: Band 2 (Tax); (Indirect tax) 

"She is brilliant. She has a really impressive ability to identify the key legal and factual elements of a case and put forward incredibly concise arguments." "A pleasure to work with."

"She's very bright, capable and works well as part of a team."

Legal 500 2018 Ranked Private Client and Tax

A rapidly rising star at the tax Bar.’

Excellent technical tax expertise tempered with a sense of realism.’

Chambers & Partners 2017 Ranked: Band 2 (Tax) (Indirect tax) 

"We have a huge regard for Rebecca Murray."

"She is quickly up and coming. She's a very nice person, active at the Revenue Bar and earning a good reputation." 

"An enthusiastic character"

Chambers & Partners 2016 (nominated Tax Junior of the Year)

"very energetic and very bright"

"what a modern barrister should be-she's very client facing and has incredible energy"

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Tax: Continues to enhance an already fine reputation with high-profile instructions in notable cases. Her workload covers both direct and indirect tax issues, and she represents both the Revenue and the taxpayer. 

She's smart, presentable, determined and dogged. She's steely in her approach."

Legal 500 (Ranked Corporate, VAT, Private Client, Tier 2):

"A hardworking and forceful advocate"

"A superb advocate who presents her opinions clearly, concisely and promptly"

"Concise and straightforward; goes the extra mile" 

Chambers and Partners 2015 – Indirect Tax: Has a growing reputation and has recently led in a number of significant and complex cases. She has a broad indirect tax practice, and has a particular area of specialism in the VAT principle of abuse and its interplay with tax avoidance.

"She appreciates what is going on with the clients, and provides practical and pragmatic solutions."

"She is clearly very bright and knowledgeable and has a considerable future ahead of her." (2013)

Stephen Arthur

Stephen Arthur

Stephen Arthur qualified as a solicitor in 1974 with Herbert Smith & Co.  He transferred to the Bar in 2002, after a short period as a merchant banker, followed by 20 years as lead tax partner with major City and West End solicitors’ practices, and 4 years as managing director in Switzerland of a trust company owned by a substantial Swiss private bank, which became part of one of the largest global banks and financial service groups.


Michael Quinlan

Michael  Quinlan

Acknowledged internationally as an expert in stamp taxes and related areas of contract, property and regulatory law, Michael has been advising the Corporate, Financial Services and Real Estate Sectors for more than 25 years. He has been involved in 18 stamp tax appeals in the UK and overseas, predominantly as Counsel, but also as a technical consultant and expert witness.

Direct contact: major corporations have direct access to the Bar via in-house tax and legal.

Derek Francis

Derek Francis

Derek is a Barrister (called 1991) of Temple Tax Chambers, an Advocate (Scots Bar; called 1985) of Terra Firma Chambers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation ("CIOT") and a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. He is recommended for tax and trust work in the latest editions of both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 directories. He has a practice in both English and Scots jurisdictions specialising in high-end trust and estate work and (typically) related tax. His practice has always extended beyond that context and he has advised and appeared in a range of tax matters, particularly in indirect tax cases. He is regularly instructed to draft and revise trust documentation for IHT planning purposes, including precedent styles for leading firms in that field. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Foster's Inheritance Tax.

John Baldry

John  Baldry

"His years of experience as a solicitor mean he knows exactly what is needed" - Legal 500 2016


John advises on tax in relation to both transactions and disputes. His clients value his sound judgment, both on technical and reputational issues.

John returned to the Bar in 2014, having spent 20 years in private practice as a solicitor in both magic circle and US firms, most recently having established the London tax group of Ropes & Gray. He has a broad experience in corporate and financial tax issues, and has acted for FTSE100 companies, investment banks, private equity funds, private companies, and entrepreneurs and management teams. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global directories.

Julian B Hickey

Julian B Hickey

Julian has a wide ranging practice which encompasses many areas of the tax code. He is recognised in The Legal 500 as a leading Junior.  Julian acts for taxpayers and is also appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel. As a former law firm partner with major City and West End solicitors’ practices he understands what is needed by his clients.

Keith M Gordon

Keith M  Gordon

Keith practised as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser before qualifying as a barrister.

He advises in all tax-related matters, extending to social security contributions and benefits as well as professional negligence matters, where he acts for claimants and defendants alike.

Keith acts as an advocate in all types of Court (from tribunals to the higher Courts) as well as advising clients either "in conference" (in person or by telephone) or by providing a written opinion.

Ximena Montes Manzano

Ximena Montes Manzano

"Fiercely bright and tenacious with excellent commercial judgement" - Legal 500 2016 


Ximena was called to the Bar in 2004, successfully completed a pupillage in a prestigious public law set of Chambers and started practising tax in 2007.


Ximena accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers expertise from Solicitors, Accountants, Tax Advisers and other professionals under Licensed Access.


Ximena is qualified to take direct instructions from members of the public and intermediaries under the Public Access Scheme in appropriate cases.

Joseph Howard

Joseph Howard

Joseph advises and litigates in respect of all aspects of UK direct and indirect taxation including income, corporation, capital gains and inheritance taxes, VAT, customs duties, stamp duties and NICs.

Joseph acts exclusively for the taxpayer, appears regularly in court, and gives advice and representation in respect of all types of disputes with HMRC including tax investigations, enquiries and settlement negotiations, he also assists with all types of applications and appeals in the Tribunals and higher courts.


Andrey Krahmal

Andrey Krahmal

JD (Harvard) LLM (NYU) Admitted to the bar of the State of New York 2004


Andrey is US tax attorney admitted to the New York Bar. He has 10 years of experience representing individuals, trusts, partnerships and companies of all sizes in connection with their inbound and outbound US tax issues (including FATCA matters). He frequently works closely with both UK and US based professional advisers, accountants and lawyers to provide clients with robust and commercial US tax solutions. He is acutely aware of US tax issues faced by UK and Europe based persons and entities with a US connection. Andrey advises in respect of all aspects of US federal taxation matters and sometimes on state taxation matters.


Anne Fairpo

Anne Fairpo

Qualified as a solicitor: 1994
Education: MA (Oxon); CTA (Fellow)


Areas of practice:

Anne Fairpo is a senior tax lawyer who has substantial and diverse experience of tax matters gained both within law and accounting practices. Anne was called to the bar in 2009 after 15 years as a solicitor; her experience and expertise covers UK and international corporate tax planning and disputes, acting for a range of clients from small owner-managed businesses to listed multinationals. Anne also has a particular interest in intellectual property taxation and UK-US cross-border tax planning, with regard to both direct and indirect tax matters.

Lyndsey Frawley

Lyndsey Frawley

Dispute resolution

Lyndsey is a specialist tax litigator with a predominantly contentious tax practice. She has worked within the field of tax litigation since 1997. With almost 20 years’ experience, Lyndsey really understands the ‘nuts and bolts’ of tax litigation and dispute resolution at all levels. Strategic thinking from the very start of a dispute between taxpayers and HMRC sets Lyndsey apart from other practitioners.

David Pett

David Pett

For over 20 years, David has been ranked as a ‘leading expert’ (or equivalent) in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories of law firms and was, in 2016, referred to as “the god-father” in the field of employee share schemes. In giving his judgment in Watson Wyatt v Maxwell Batley, Mr Justice Park said: “It was clear … that [David] is a careful and impressive practitioner in his field”. 

Edward Cousins

Edward  Cousins


Professional Background

For over 30 years Edward Cousins pursued a successful career as a Barrister with expertise in property and land law and associated litigation. In March 2002 he was appointed as the Chief Commons Commissioner dealing with disputed commons registration issues. This was a part-time post abolished in December 2011 by the implementation of the Commons Act 2006.