Our Expertise

Old Square Tax Chambers are specialist tax lawyers based in Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Our barristers provide tax advice and representation for corporate and private clients at every level, offering expertise in all practice areas including:

  • Business and corporate tax
  • Non-Resident Taxation and Foreign Domiciles
  • Income tax and Capital Gains
  • Inheritance Tax
  • VAT
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Charity tax
  • HMRC investigations
  • Litigation
  • Tax avoidance and evasion
  • Tax planning

Whether you are seeking advice on tax liability or planning, understanding tax exemptions, or are facing an HMRC investigation or appeal, the tax barristers at Old Street Tax Chambers have long-standing expertise in all areas of UK taxation.

The collective skills and knowledge of our tax lawyers means reliable advice, support, representation, case management and defence throughout the tax tribunals and higher courts.

Private Client

Non-Resident Taxation and Foreign Domiciles

Chambers has unrivalled experience with the issues revolving around residency, domicile, remittance, double tax treaties, transfer of assets abroad, and foreign trusts and corporate vehicles.

Income tax and Capital Gains

Our Barristers deal with all aspects of personal taxation, and have particular expertise with high net worth individuals, foreign domiciles and non-residents, remuneration planning and asset protection.

Inheritance Tax

Chambers’ expertise includes tax planning for family estates and companies, wills and trusts, business property relief and agricultural property relief, variations of wills, and the scope of IHT.

HMRC Enquiries /Tax Investigations

Providing legal advice and management in relation to HMRC enquiries is central to Chamber’s work. From the opening discussions and disclosure to the start of formal proceedings, our barristers have a deep understanding of both the Revenue’s powers and the strategies for dealing with them.

Litigation / Tax Appeals

Our barristers have expertise in handling all types of tax appeals and litigation, from disputes about penalties in the First Tier Tribunal to judicial review in the Supreme Court. We can assist an every stage – providing advice, managing correspondence, filing paperwork, and representing clients in negotiations and in court. Most members of Chambers also accept public access instructions.

Trusts

Our specialist tax lawyers can advise settlors, beneficiaries, or trustees on all aspects of trust law and tax, from drafting trust documents to trust disputes and variations. We have particular experience in non-resident trusts and testamentary trusts.

Business and Corporation Tax

Losses and capital allowances

Whether in the context of sole trades, partnerships, or corporations, our barristers have in-depth knowledge of the complex issues surrounding capital allowances and the distribution and use of losses.

Partnerships

Chambers regularly advises on the often difficult overlaps of partnership law, company law, and tax, both in the context of traditional partnerships and LLPs.

Employee remuneration

Chambers has unrivalled experience in establishing tax efficient pensions and remuneration structures for employees, whilst ensuring compliance with the rules on PAYE, NI contributions. The complicated rules on the taxation of benefits in kind, and the many anti-avoidance rules, are areas of common concern that our barristers deal with frequently.

Avoidance issues

If your company has been accused of tax avoidance or evasion, it is vital that you employ the services of a lawyer with an understanding and expertise in dealing with HMRC investigations and litigation. Our Barristers are familiar with both the law and HMRC’s approach to suspected tax avoidance.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Corporate acquisitions and restructuring

Our barristers advise corporate buyers of land on the circumstances where SDLT is due and where it can be legitimately avoided. If your company is under investigation by HMRC under its SDLT anti-avoidance rules, our lawyers are well versed in advising, representing and defending clients throughout the process and in court.

Residential property

From annexes, multi-dwelling properties, and second homes, to issues surrounding non-residents and enveloping, our barristers provide expert advice on mitigating stamp duty.

Property development and refinancing

Our barristers provide advice to landlords and developers on the full range of taxes that they may be liable for, and where tax reduction opportunities are available. Refinancing or re-mortgaging a property also has tax implications, and our specialist tax lawyers can guide you through the risks and potential savings.

Litigation/Tax Investigations

Our barristers have expertise in handling all types of tax appeals and litigation, from disputes about penalties in the First Tier Tribunal to judicial review in the Supreme Court. We can assist an every stage – providing advice, managing correspondence, filing paperwork, and representing clients in negotiations and in court. Most members of Chambers also accept public access instructions. Our team can also assist with reclaiming SDLT if you have been incorrectly charged.

VAT

VAT Fraud

Our lawyers have in-depth and wide-ranging knowledge on all aspects of VAT fraud including complex cases of missing trader or carousel fraud. Legal advice and representation is important in VAT fraud cases, as investigations can lead to prosecution and conviction for tax evasion, with severe penalties and even jail sentences.

VAT Liability

VAT presents unique legal challenges and opportunities, frequently the application of EU law and principles to everyday situations. Our lawyers can help narrow disputes and find legitimate exemptions and reductions to your VAT liability.

Cross-border VAT

With changes post-Brexit, it is more important than ever to keep up to date with the law of import taxes. Our barristers are up-to-date on all the latest changes and issues, how they will affect your tax liability, and how they could present problems and opportunities for VAT mitigation.

Avoidance issues

If your company has been accused of tax avoidance or evasion, it is vital that you employ the services of a lawyer with an understanding and expertise in dealing with HMRC investigations and litigation. Our Barristers are familiar with both the law and HMRC’s approach to suspected tax avoidance.

Charities

Charity Law

With expertise in all aspects of the Charities Act and, our lawyers well placed to advise your charity on tax exemptions and relief, legitimate savings (eg through Gift Aid), and reclaiming tax from HMRC.

Governance and good practice

Our barristers regularly advise on all areas of charity governance and good practice to ensure that your charity and its tax payments are compliant with the law and regulations.

Commercial activities

Commercial activity represents a significant risk to a charities’ tax position. We advise charities to ensure that they take full advantage of their charitable status, as well as how to deal with investigations by the Charities Commission or HMRC into the legitimacy of commercial activities.

Our clerks Cliff Holland and Franco Lombardi will be happy to discuss instructing members of Chambers or to provide any further necessary information. Get in touch.

Contact Us

Our clerks Cliff Holland and Franco Lombardi will be happy to discuss instructing members of Chambers or to provide any further necessary information.

Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am to 18:30pm
Friday: 9:00am to 18:00pm

Tel: (020) 7242 2744
Fax: (020) 7831 8095
Email: taxchambers@15oldsquare.co.uk




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