James Kessler QC and Amanda Hardy QC have both been listed in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2016.
A short blurb about both can be seen below:
James Kessler QC is a “standout” practitioner and a “renowned expert in this area.” He is recognised by sources for his “first-class legal advice,” and “outstanding technical reputation.” He is best known for advising UK and international HNW individuals on the interconnections of charity and tax law. “He is the best-known name in the charity tax world for a good reason,” asserts a source, whilst others praise his knowledge of remittances. Kessler also advises on domicile matters and assists international business clients on UK tax and residency. “He is incredibly good. He has a mind like a computer,” says a source, adding: “He has huge knowledge of non-domicile work and is an extremely good draftsman, he is hugely bright and hugely influential.” Sources also recognise his authorship of leading tax textbooks, including Drafting Trusts & Will Trusts. One source comments: “Lots of books are referred to as ‘leading texts’ but his book certainly warrants that label.”
The “very bright and able” Amanda Hardy QC is “at the top of her game” and praised as a “top-rate tax and trusts adviser with excellent interpersonal skills and a practical approach to complex matters.” “She combines excellent knowledge with great approachability; she takes time to think how the client will take on the advice, and tailors it accordingly,” says a source. Hardy is a reputable name for high-end tax litigation and has expertise in divorce cases, trust and estate matters, and pension conflicts. “She offers very practical advice for trust work. We found her great at cutting through to the crux of the matter and not getting bogged down when there were messy trust documents,” says an interviewee. Source also regard her as “the go-to person for capital tax planning,” adding: “Amanda is incredibly concise, user-friendly and practical in her approach.”
[Posted: 24 June 2016]