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 2017
Field Court Tax Chambers specialises in private and corporate tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. With experience in the UK courts, the European Court of Justice, the Privy Council and other courts overseas, clients have included governments, tax authorities, multinational corporations, charities and celebrities. Practice managers Marie Burke and Stephanie Talbot are described as ‘user-friendly’. 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 2017’s guide to outstanding silks nationwide.
Private client – personal tax – Private client – personal tax – Leading silks – Patrick Way QC A reassuring presence in the complex area of tax litigation
Tax – corporate and VAT – Tax – corporate – Leading silks – Patrick Way QC An exceptional orator – Philip Baker QC He has outstanding knowledge of the most complex international tax matters
2 barristers are listed in the “Leading juniors” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017’s guide to outstanding juniors nationwide.
Private client – personal tax – Private client – personal tax – Leading juniors – Imran Afzal Hugely knowledgeable on UK taxation and outstanding in his written work – Patrick Soares Experienced in a range of tax matters
Tax – corporate and VAT – Tax – corporate – Leading juniors – Imran Afzal Very proactive and commercial in his approach, and also a pleasure to work with