Sarabjit Singh KC

Call: 2001 | Silk: 2018

“Has strong knowledge of customs duty law and is very good at working through how EU regulations translate into UK law.” “He is very insightful and can articulate complex concepts in an easy to digest way.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“Sarabjit has strong technical knowledge of indirect tax. His written work is very clear and concise and it always hits all of the appropriate factual and technical points.”

Legal 500 2022

"Produces very high quality; his drafting is fantastic and he's a very compelling advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2020

"He is approachable, easy to deal with and keen to work hard."

Chambers & Partners 2021

“He is approachable, easy to deal with and keen to work hard.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

”His written advices and his performances in conference impress.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

"When handling our case, he remained incredibly cool under heavy fire from Supreme Court judges.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“He’s a very compelling advocate”

Chambers & Partners 2019

"He remains cool and cheerful under intense judicial scrutiny, which is impressive to see."

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He prepares well and is very persuasive.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

Sarabjit (Sab) Singh KC specialises in tax, including the interface between tax and public law. He is ranked as a leading silk by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, and has been described in those directories as “very persuasive”, “very insightful and can articulate complex concepts in an easy to digest way” and “a very compelling advocate”, whose “drafting is fantastic” and whose “performances in conference impress”. Sab also specialises in public law in its own right, and frequently appears in public law and tax cases in the highest courts, including regular appearances in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Sab has appeared in some of the most heavyweight cases in tax and public law in the last few decades, as outlined in the description of his practice in each of those areas below, and continues to act in major tax and public law matters. He also has an interest in emerging issues concerning the taxation of cryptoassets.

Prior to becoming a silk, Sab was appointed to each of the Attorney General’s A, B and C panels, and it was through his work on the panels that Sab acted in the most complex and high-profile cases in his areas of practice. His excellence in advocacy in the higher courts was recognised by his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2018, whilst still in his thirties.

Outside of his practice, Sab is heavily involved in work promoting access to the Bar and retention in the profession of those from underrepresented groups. Being from an underrepresented group himself, he feels strongly that barriers to access should be broken down, and encourages those from working class and state school backgrounds to see the Bar as an option for them. He is also a member of the Bar Council’s Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, with a particular interest in ensuring the fair allocation of publicly funded work.

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Legal Expertise

Sab acts for taxpayers, ratepayers and HMRC and has appeared in numerous landmark cases over the last few years. These include the British Film Institute litigation on the VAT cultural exemption that went to the European Court of Justice, appearing as sole counsel in the Amoena appeal which is the only ever customs case to have gone to the House of Lords or Supreme Court, acting as lead counsel in the seminal rating case of Newbigin v Monk in the Supreme Court and appearing again in the Supreme Court in the major VAT case of SAE Education Ltd.

In public law, Sab appears in first-instance judicial reviews for both claimants and public bodies and also has vast appellate experience in the Court of Appeal, having appeared there dozens of times as sole counsel. He has acted in a number of complex cases, particularly where they interact with other areas he practices in. For example, he appeared as amicus in the Court of Appeal in the AR (Pakistan) case on immigration bail powers, has had numerous successful appearances in the Court of Appeal in human rights cases and was lead counsel in the Supreme Court in the important constitutional case of Majera.

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