Field Court Tax Chambers

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

020 3693 3700




Field Court Tax has a well-regarded bench experienced in acting for HMRC and the taxpayer. The set offers a comprehensive range of tax services, with particular expertise in double taxation and tax cases relating to human rights issues. Members accept domestic and international instructions. A source comments that the set has “enormous experience and understanding of the fast-moving tax world.”

Client service: “The clerks are very obliging and helpful,” according to sources and provide “a very organised and slick service.” Marie Burke is the practice manager and Stephanie Talbot is assistant practice manager.


Philip Baker QC
Has a particular focus on international and EU tax law, and expertise in corporate and private client matters. He is well versed in tax matters concerning the European Convention on Human Rights and often acts in cases before the ECJ.
Strengths: “He is the doyen of international tax and double tax relief. A very engaging presenter.” “He is at the forefront of international tax law.”
Recent work: Successfully represented the taxpayer in Felixstowe Docks v HMRC, a ECJ decision on group relief when the parent company is in a third state.

Patrick Way QC
Maintains a strong practice in tax litigation and advisory work for taxpayers and HMRC. He regularly advises on high-value tax disputes and corporate takeovers. He has experience of acting at all levels of the tax tribunal and court appellate system.
Strengths: “An excellent leader who is able to cut to the heart of complex issues and express things simply and with absolute clarity.” “A softly spoken style which works very well in court and a commercial approach to things.”
Recent work: Appeared in Glyn v HMRC, a residence case.


Patrick Soares
Sought after for his depth of experience in tax advisory work. He regularly advises large corporations and is experienced in dealing with a great variety of cases, including those concerning property transactions, offshore issues and VAT.
Strengths: “A tremendous technician.” “He gets to a commercial point quickly.”

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 including tax authorities, companies and private clients. He acts in litigation proceedings and also has a robust advisory practice.
Strengths: “He gives good, clever advice and is very detailed and thorough.” “Really clever and very assiduous.”



Field Court Tax Chambers is a small but highly regarded tax-specialist set with a strong private client practice. One source describes it as “a group with enormous experience and understanding of the fast-moving tax world,” that is “interested in giving a more personal touch to the provision of their service.” Members of the set often act for non-domiciles and other international clients in litigation, and also have notable advisory practices.

Client service: Marie Burke is Field Court Tax’s practice manager, and Stephanie Talbot is assistant practice manager. A source says: “I have always found the practice managers at that set to be the best from my point of view. They are very interactive and proactive. A very organised and slick service from the clerks there.”


Philip Baker QC
An international tax expert, particularly in double taxation treaties. He regularly acts on tax cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Strengths: “He’s an authority in international tax and that comes with a big reassurance that he knows what he’s talking about. He’s also been advising in the private client tax area for many years; he brings that experience in being able to analyse ambiguities in the draft legislation and having a view on how they should be construed.” “He’s a nice chap to deal with. He’s quite professorial, and travels widely giving lectures on international tax arrangements and double tax treaties. He is very much a force to be reckoned with. He’s an extremely good analyst who would be of great help to some high net worth individuals.”


Patrick Soares
Advises on all aspects of tax law, with particular expertise in property transaction structuring, offshore trusts and VAT. Well known for his lectures and seminars on property and trust taxation.
Strengths: “Patrick, whilst known generally as a property tax and trust specialist, has much expertise in other fields, and is passionate and thoughtful as to the needs of the client.” “He is absolutely on the cutting edge. He’s a great thinker with a lot of inventive, creative ideas.”

Imran Afzal
Best known among private client tax specialists for his work on the ‘Icebreaker’ partnership scheme litigation, where he acted on behalf of the Revenue. He also has a strong taxpayer-side practice on residence and domicile matters, and on tax scheme litigation.
Strengths: “A very, very clever man, with a razor-sharp brain. He puts the rest of us to shame; he is destined for great things. He is also extremely clear in his analysis.”


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