Blackstone has developed a strong practice in tax litigation, where the cross-over with our well established commercial, EU and regulatory work brings real benefits to clients. Blackstone distinguishes itself from some of the more traditional tax chambers: its main focus is on excellent advocacy and litigation, rather than paper based advisory work. Chambers’ litigation expertise spans across all kinds of indirect and direct tax, including VAT, excise duty, customs duties and anti-dumping duties, corporation tax, income tax, NIC, IPT, petroleum revenue tax, aggregates levy, landfill tax, SDLT and others. Chambers’ barristers regularly act both for and against the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. They act in tax disputes at all levels, from the First-tier Tribunal up to the Supreme Court; and in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. One of our core strengths is being able to conduct litigation and give related advice not only in statutory appeals before the First-Tier Tribunal and beyond; but also give consideration to related claims for judicial review and references to the CJEU as appropriate. A number of our barristers are recognised in the field in the legal directories.

Tax barristers

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