CHAMBERS & PARTNERS – 2017
Tax – London (Bar)
Field Court Tax is a close-knit set of experienced specialists handling the full range of tax mandates. “They are a nice set to deal with,” says one market commentator. Field Court Tax barristers have particular expertise in international tax, double taxation and tax matters involving human rights issues.
Client service: The “very, very helpful” Marie Burke is the practice manager and Stephanie Talbot is assistant practice manager. One source describes them as “the best clerks of any chambers I work with.”
Philip Baker QC Has a particular focus on international and EU tax law, and expertise in corporate and private client matters. He often acts in cases before the ECJ. Strengths: “He is really superb, and is very analytical and very friendly. He has an EU background as well.” Recent work: Involved in a case concerning whether or not the exit tax imposed on trustees contravenes EU law.
Patrick Way QC Maintains a strong practice in tax litigation and advisory work for taxpayers and HMRC. He has experience of acting at all levels of the tax tribunal and court appellate system. Strengths: “If you’re looking for a good-quality tax QC, you can’t do better than going to Patrick. He has a well-deserved reputation both for his technical work and his performances as an advocate.” Recent work: Successfully acted for the taxpayer in Glyn v HMRC, the first win for a taxpayer in a residence case for more than 30 years.
Patrick Soares Sought after for his depth of experience in tax advisory work. He is experienced in dealing with a great variety of cases, including those concerning property transactions, offshore issues and VAT. Strengths: “He gnaws away at a problem until he gets a solution. He produces the goods and goes the extra mile for you. In what had beforehand been a foggy matter he was able to give clear advice. He provided clarity in the context of confusion.”
Imran Afzal Has a growing reputation for his handling of a range of domestic and international tax issues. He represents a wide array of clients in litigation and also has a robust advisory practice. Strengths: “Incredibly thorough and really on the ball.” Recent work: Led in a case concerning whether or not individual members of a partnership could claim tax relief in respect of disputed losses.
Private Client – London (Bar)
Field Court has a broad client base ranging from governments and multinational enterprises to high net worth individuals and celebrities. Its expertise extends to international matters, with some members having appeared in foreign court proceedings.
Client service: “I rate the practice managers at Field Court very highly. They are the best clerks of any chambers I work with. They manage cases exceptionally well, and are easy and personable to get on with.” Marie Burke is the set’s practice manager, and Stephanie Talbot is the assistant practice manager.
Patrick Soares Head of chambers Patrick Soares is frequently called on to represent both private clients and HMRC on international and domestic private client tax matters. Strengths: “He has a malleable mind to think around problems and to make very interesting tax structures.”
Imran Afzal Possesses knowledge on international and domestic tax matters. He represents high-profile clients on litigious matters, and has appeared before domestic and foreign courts. Strengths: “He is a very bright man. He is wise beyond his years in terms of knowledge of the law, judgement and how to take particular matters forward.” “He is a very talented lawyer and very clever.” Recent work: Represented HMRC in the Icebreaker case and on whether partnership members could claim tax relief as a result of partnership losses.
LEGAL 500 2016
Field Court Tax Chambers is recommended for private client and corporate tax litigation, as well as advisory tax matters in the UK and overseas. It now comprises five full members. Practice managers Marie Burke and Stephanie Talbot are praised as ‘very friendly and helpful’. Offices in: London
Field Court Tax Chambers (Chambers Of Patrick C Soares) has been recommended in the following 2 practice areas:
– Private client – personal tax – Private client – personal tax – Leading sets
– Tax – corporate and VAT – Tax – corporate – Leading sets
2 QCs are listed in the “Leading silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide.
Private client – personal tax – Private client – personal tax – Leading silks
– Patrick Way QC He is excellent at explaining the reason for his views
Tax – corporate and VAT – Tax – corporate – Leading silks
– Patrick Way QC Persuasive and cogent in court
– Philip Baker QC His work includes challenging international tax issues
2 barristers are listed in the “Leading juniors” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016’s guide to outstanding juniors nationwide.
Private client – personal tax – Private client – personal tax – Leading juniors
– Imran Afzal He represents taxpayers and the Revenue in a range of matters
– Patrick Soares His private client work includes trust structuring and property transactions
Tax – corporate and VAT – Tax – corporate – Leading juniors
– Imran Afzal His work includes partnership and international cases
THE BUDGET – 16TH MARCH 2016
Mr. Patrick Soares summarises some of the recent changes made to the budget. To read more click here