Philip Baker QC began practice in 1987, having been a full-time lecturer in law at London University from 1979 until then. He has maintained some links with academia, and is now Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of Oxford University and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. He took silk in 2002.
He specialises primarily in international aspects of taxation, which covers both corporate and private client matters. He has advised and represented several governments on tax matters, and appeared as an expert witness in a number of cases around the world. He has a particular interest in taxation and the European Convention on Human Rights, and is the author of a book on Double Taxation Conventions, and the editor of the International Tax Law Reports. He has appeared in cases before courts and tribunals at virtually every level from the Special Commissioners (now the Tax Tribunal) to the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court), Privy Council and European Court of Justice.
He is a former member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and remains a member of several committees of the CIOT and of the International Tax Sub-Committee of the Law Society. He is a member of the UK Committee of the International Fiscal Association and a former member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA.
He is married with twin sons and a younger daughter, all now off at university. Happily, none intend to become lawyers.
In 1997 he was awarded an OBE for work with Chinese political refugees in the UK.
In January 2015 he gave an interview for the Journal of International Taxation on the OECD/G20 BEPS Project. To read the full interview click here
A selction of Philip’s cases can be found HERE
Mr Baker charges for work on a fixed fee, hourly rate or daily rate basis. Information about current fee levels can be obtained from the Chambers’ Administrators (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional contact details can be found on the “Contact Us” page. If requested, the Chambers’ Administrators are happy to provide you with an indication of fees (which will usually be a band with an upper and lower limit).
The Chambers’ Administrators are also happy to provide you with an indication of how long a particular piece of work is likely to take. If you have a particular deadline Mr Baker will let you know in advance whether that is feasible. He will always endeavour to meet a client’s timescale, but his ability to do so will depend on the amount of work involved and his pre-existing commitments (in particular if he is involved in tribunal/court proceedings). He will let you know if there is likely to be any problem in meeting a deadline.
Mr Baker always aims to provide the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service provided to you, then 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 Baker is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Barrister’s Register on the BSB’s website can be found here.
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“He is of course internationally the most prominent person on tax treaties.”
“A guru on treaty and cross-border tax issues.”
“Has an outstanding reputation for dealing with international taxation cases of the highest order. He is active in this area in both the corporate and private client arenas.”
“His work includes challenging international tax issues.”