James Kessler, Q.C.

James Kessler, Q.C.

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  • James Kessler QC is particularly interested in taxation of foreign domiciliaries, offshore entities of all kinds, and trusts, wills and charities.  Other interests include prosecution of tax crime in complex cases, particularly along the avoidance/evasion faultline, and freedom of information.
  • Recent cases include: Embiricos v Revenue & Customs [2019] UKFTT 236
  • James has practiced as a barrister since 1985 and was appointed QC in 2003. He is also a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland.
  • He is in Band 1 in Chambers Directory in the Private Client Tax category, with a reference to “acumen and remarkable thoroughness of thought” and in Band 1 in the Legal 500 directory which comments: “The leading expert on the taxation of non-domiciled individuals.”
  • James is one of the founders of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, for whom he drafted the STEP Standard Provisions, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
  • James has received the Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession (STEP Private Client Awards, 2011).
  • James became Head of Chambers in 2015

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