Members of Fountain Court Chambers maintain their tax practices alongside the set’s existing corporate, insolvency, employment and restructuring offerings, whilst also leveraging their top-tier banking and finance experience.
Our experience as a commercial litigation set, together with relevant Chancery, offshore, and corporate litigation expertise enables us to assist on tax avoidance and transfer pricing cases. Our work is informed by our familiarity in the handling of the mechanics of large-scale, factually and legally complex litigation.
Members have represented Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs at junior and senior levels, including in government panel litigation, for many years.
Our work in large tax avoidance and transfer pricing cases on behalf of HMRC, in cases such as Re AstraZeneca plc v HMRC and Reed Employment v HMRC, demonstrates our ability to manage legally and factually complex areas of tax litigation with lengthy time estimates and extensive case management. Recent tax avoidance matters include ‘gold bullion’ schemes and umbrella employment. Members are also used to dealing with the overlap between tax and employment litigation, illustrated by their work in IR35 cases involving TV presenters such as Adrian Chiles, and Eamonn Holmes and employment status cases involving high-profile individuals such as Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Fountain Court members acted in one of the first transfer pricing case to be litigated before the (then) Special Commissioners in DSG Retail v HMRC (2009), as well as at all stages of the Re Paycheck Services Ltd; HMRC v Holland (2009) litigation, which is the leading authority on the question of de facto directors and the use of corporate directors in tax avoidance schemes.
We have also acted in substantial carousel VAT fraud cases and cases concerning film finance schemes.
Our work includes cases relating to:
In CST v Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd, the Supreme Court of…
Together with Kickabout Productions Ltd v HMRC (heard by the same constitution…
The High Court has today dismissed a £1.5 billion claim by the…