Field Court Tax Chambers


Incredibly technically able… a legend in the field of residence and domicile.

Peter Vaines

Call: 1989

Peter Vaines originally qualified as a chartered accountant and was a tax partner in a firm of accountants for many years. Prior to joining Field Court Tax Chambers he was a tax partner in an international firm of lawyers where he was involved in a number of major tax cases.

Mr Vaines advises on all areas of personal and corporate taxation with particular emphasis on high net worth individuals and their businesses. He advises extensively on the taxation of foreign domiciled individuals. He acts for many high profile clients on a wide range of tax issues which affect the totality of their affairs.

Mr Vaines has been The Times Lawyer of the Week and in 2015 won the Tax Writer of the Year Award.

Mr Vaines’ long experience as an accountant and as a lawyer gives him a valuable extra insight into the tax aspects of different personal and corporate transactions, which clients find particularly helpful.

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Institute of Taxation
  • Revenue Bar Association
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
  • Member of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Ad Eundem member of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Mr Vaines has written  on a wide variety of topics both in the UK and abroad and has been a member of the editorial board of Taxation and the Personal Tax Planning Review and is a long standing tax columnist for the Tax Journal and the New Law Journal. He has been recognised as a leading lawyer on private client tax matters by Chambers UK, PLC Which Lawyer, Best Lawyers in the UK and the Legal 500.

His monthly UK Tax Bulletin dealing with current tax issues is widely read and respected across the profession. You can access current and archive issues, as well as his Articles, via our Resources page.

Mr Vaines lectures on a variety of tax topics both in the UK and abroad. He has recently completed a nationwide series of lectures on the Statutory Residence Test.

Stuart Gulliver v HMRC [2017] TC5712

Vaines v HMRC [2018] EWCA Civ 45

Bemis Limited v HMRC [2019] TC7332

Extracts from Legal 500 and Chambers UK:

“a popular choice for clients who appreciate his straightforward and practical advice. He is admired for his determination and considerable skills and clients note that just when you think it can’t be done, he will come up with a solution.” 

“Incredibly fair and confidence inspiring”
“He is very knowledgeable and thorough with a superb grasp of the technical issues”
“Phenomenally intelligent and pre-eminent when it comes to matters of individual residence”
“Incredibly technically able”
“The elder statesman of residence and domicile”

‘He is a legend in the field of residence and domicile.’

Mr Vaines charges for work on the basis of a fixed fee or hourly rate. Professional and Direct Access clients can obtain a quotation for legal service from one of our Practice Managers ( Additional contact details can be found on the Contact page.

The Practice Managers are also able to provide an indication of how long a particular piece of work is likely to take. Mr Vaines will always endeavour to meet a client’s timescale, but this will naturally depend on the amount of work involved and existing commitments (in particular if he is involved in court proceedings). Mr Vaines or the Practice Managers will be able to advise of any likely problem in meeting a deadline.

Mr Vaines always aims to provide the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about his (or Chambers) services, you should inform us as soon as possible. Details of our complaints procedure, together with details about making complaints to the Legal Ombudsman, can be found here.

Mr Vaines is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. The Barrister’s Register on the BSB’s website can be found here.

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