Recent News & Events

Praesto Consulting UK ltd v HMRC – Input tax credit – A focus on substance and reality

Rebecca Sheldon has published a new article for British Tax Review.

To view the article please follow the link here.

Philip Simpson QC appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (A Panel)

We are pleased to announce that Philip Simpson QC has been appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of Civil Counsel to the Crown.

The appointment is effective from September 2019

 

Old Square Tax Chambers ranked in Chambers and Partners – High Net Worth 2019 Directory

Old Square Tax Chambers is honoured to be recognised in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2019 Directory. James Kessler QC, Rory Mullan, and Harriet Brown received individual recognition.

Ranked as a leading set in the Tax: Private Client  section, Chambers is particularly highlighted for taxpayer-side advisory work, although its “very capable and knowledgeable” barristers also handle litigation matters for taxpayers, including high net worth individuals.

James Kessler QC “does a lot of advisory work, and is a leader in the market,” says one source, adding: “He wrote the tome on foreign domiciliaries.” Interviewees also mention Kessler’s guide to drafting wills and trusts. One says he has an “extremely good reputation and obviously knows his stuff – he’s clearly extremely knowledgeable. He has a got a book on drafting trusts and wills which is extremely well regarded and clear.” Another source summarises: “James without any doubt at all remains a leading light of the tax Bar. He reinvented drafting and wrote a book about it. It was genuinely influential. Then he spotted the massive influx of non-doms and wrote his next book.”

Rory Mullan wins praise both for his litigation practice and for his writings on tax and European law. “Rory has a strong litigation practice – he has won some difficult cases,” says one interviewee. “I can’t speak highly enough about him,” enthuses another; “he was hot off the mark when it came to spotting how European laws had a massive impact on the UK. Rory wrote this book, ‘The Interaction of EU Treaty Freedoms and the UK Tax Code’. Since that book came out it’s been common currency among every tax adviser.”

Harriet Brown is a specialist in offshore tax work, domicile and residence, and related matters. Sources highlight her dual qualification as a Jersey advocate as a particular strength. An interviewee reports that “Harriet is very committed to her clients, she is very punchy in court and is very good with procedural stuff.” An instructing solicitor praises Brown’s “excellent technical knowledge, very structured thinking, practical and commercial approach, and can-do attitude.”

 

One source reports that the clerks Cliff Holland and Franco Lombardi are “very quick and flexible, and helpful in getting you what you need.” Another adds that “the clerking is efficient; they are responsive in terms of timelines and feedback and when we needed things quickly they have been very responsive.”

University of Cambridge: non-taxable transactions and VAT deductibility

Etienne Wong recently had an article entitled “University of Cambridge: non-taxable transactions and VAT deductibility ” published in the Tax Journal. A copy of the article* can be seen here

This article was first published in the 26 July 2019 issue of the Tax Journal, and is reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers. All rights reserved.

VAT Recovery by Holding Companies – Key Principles Explored

Etienne Wong will be speaker in the up coming webinar on VAT Recovery on the 21st of August. The Webinar is being hosted by MBL (Seminars) Limited.

For further details, please follow the link here.

Limits to Upper Tribunal jurisdiction

Rebecca Sheldon has published her first article in the Taxation Magazine.

To read the article please follow the link here.

EANOVAT Annual Conference: Can (EU) VAT Contribute to a Fairer Society?

Rebecca Sheldon will be speaking at EANOVAT Annual Conference on the 6th of September.

For further details, please follow the link here.

VAT and Indirect Tax – Summer Update 2019

Etienne Wong and Rebecca Sheldon were speakers on developments in VAT and indirect tax. They discuss the recent updates on some key developments in VAT and indirect tax. The webinar was organised by Lexis Nexis.

Please follow the link below for further details.

https://www.lexiswebinars.co.uk/tax/vat-and-indirect-tax/vat-and-indirect-tax-summer-update-2019

11th of July 2019

LexisPSL Practice Note: the QPP exemption – Sarah Squires

Sarah Squires has been recently listed as one of LexisPSL’s contributing authors, following the update of her practice note on the qualifying private placement exemption from withholding tax, as well as updates of her practice notes on the UK tax treatment of alternative finance arrangements (including murabaha, musharaka, sukuk and ijara).

The practice note on the qualifying private placement exemption can be seen below:

Practice Note: Qualifying private placement exemption from withholding tax

[This updated Practice Note was first published on Lexis®PSL Tax  on 18 July 2018, and is reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers. All rights reserved” and are reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers. All rights reserved.]

Patrick Cannon – Tax Journal

Patrick Cannon’s latest article in the Tax Journal has been discussed in EntirelyLaw. You can read about the piece and Patrick’s other works here.