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Alun James

 "He is a very clear thinker and a solutions person" - Chambers and Partners 2021: Tax



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. 

Directories - Professional Recommendations


He features in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. 


"Accessible, always open to discussion and pragmatic in his approach." "He is good at making complicated things easy to understand."

- Chambers and Partners 2022: Tax


"Alun is very easy to work with and is flexible and pragmatic in his approach. He has a thorough technical approach and is good with lay clients if they are involved in meetings." Legal 500 2022: Tax Corporate


"Technically very good but also aware of the commercial dynamics of transactions." "He is a very clear thinker and a solutions person who has excellent knowledge of the tax legislation." - Chambers and Partners 2021: Tax


Courteous and efficient, he gets on well with clients.’- Legal 500 2021: Tax Corporate 


"A very good advocate who's knowledgeable, clear and persuasive." "A leading expert in corporate tax law, he adopts a strong commercial approach when giving advice." - Chambers and Partners 2020: Tax


"Well prepared, prompt advice and easily accessible;  well-liked by his clients." - Legal 500 2020: Tax Corporate


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


Other Experience


He has been in practice since 1988 and is also a member of Exchange Chambers in Liverpool and Manchester.

Additional Information


He lectures in his areas of particular interest across the UK, and often participates in clients’ in-house discussion sessions on topical tax issues.


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Our Members

Alun James
Michael Sherry
Jonathan S. Schwarz
Tim Brown
Scott Redpath
Michael Collins
Philip Ridgway
Stephen Arthur
Michael Quinlan
Keith M Gordon
Ximena Montes Manzano
Lyndsey Frawley
David Pett
Michael Avient
Denis Edwards

Our Clerks

Claire James
Senior Clerk
Lucy Campbell
Deputy Senior Clerk
Cindy Green
First Junior Clerk
Kaylin O'Rourke
Junior Clerk

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