Field Court Tax Chambers


3 Field Court - Gray's Inn -  London - WC1R 5EP


020 3693 3700

Patrick Way QC

pw@fieldtax.com

Patrick Way QC has strong advocacy and advisory practices. He has successfully represented clients at all levels of the UK court system and he acts for both taxpayer and HMRC alike in cases where the tax at stake may run into hundreds of millions of pounds. He has also advised on some of the biggest UK takeovers. His clients include major corporates as well as famous celebrities, charities, wealthy individuals and businesses of all types whom he has advised in relation to virtually every form of UK tax.

Chambers Guide 2015 says of him:
“One of the things that is refreshing is that he is very good at reassuring clients. He creates an aura of trust.”

Earlier editions of Chambers have said:
“The “intelligent, charming and highly practical Patrick Way” has both a strong paper and court practice.”

“Patrick Way … earns universal praise from peers and clients alike. Sources say: “He is objective and calm, analyses things extremely well and is a reassuring presence in court, making him a really first-rate counsel.”” 

“Patrick Way is singled out for his “tremendous experience,” and his “objective and calm approach to problems.” He advises on real estate and corporate transactions and offers counsel to a substantial number of high-profile private clients. Sources commend him for his “knack of accurately identifying risk when in court.””

A “highly tactical litigator” he also earns praise for being, “incredibly clear and concise in court”.” “The “battle-hardened Way” is in much demand for clients due to his “great commercial acumen”.”

Legal 500 2011 said:

Patrick Way has an ‘excellent and effective’ legal style

Accountancy Age has said that:
“He is the tax barrister to the stars. … Way acted for Andre Agassi in his battle with the taxman over sponsorship income. But he really hit the headlines … when he successfully defended Richard and Judy in their battle to deduct their agents’ fees from their taxable income. Way and the couple’s legal team deployed all the weapons in their armoury, even going to the trouble of showing the judge a tape of Richard Madeley’s Ali G impression to demonstrate that the pair were “theatrical artists”.”

He has been listed in Accountancy Age’s Top 50 Financial Power List and has been The Times’ Lawyer of the Week and Counsel magazine’s Barrister of the Month.

He has written and edited books and chapters on the taxation of commercial transactions including in particular the taxation of corporate groups, on joint ventures, the Business Expansion and Enterprise Investment Schemes, inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning for individuals and on stamp duty and stamp duty land tax.

Before being called to the Bar he was a solicitor during which time he was an equity partner in two leading London law firms, first becoming a partner at the age of 31.

He aims to bring to clients an approach which is both practical and pragmatic. Practical, since, having been a commercial solicitor he is well aware of the realities of business transactions and the need for sensible advice; and pragmatic since his court experiences have shown him the way in which courts are likely to react and he factors this experience into his advice.

Throughout his career he has only ever appeared as lead or sole counsel.

Outside work he is keen on contemporary art. He also follows the fortunes of Richmond (Rugby) Football Club where he is a director. In the past, he coached young Richmond teams, taking them to three finals at Twickenham and watching them win all round Europe, South Africa and Australasia.

A selction of Patrick’s cases can be found HERE

Pway-2016

“Prominent expert in the taxation of major corporate transactions.”

“Clients appreciate his willingness to explain complicated issues in a straightforward and comprehensible fashion.”

“He has a reliable, common-sense approach, and impressive analytical skills. He is a very persuasive advocate in court.”

“He is excellent at explaining the reason for his views.”

“Persuasive and cogent in court.”