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Issues and disputes relating to the management and payment of tax by you or your organisation can be complex and difficult to understand. 

Our specialist team of tax barristers can offer accountants, corporate executives, and taxpayers alike experienced representation in all forms of domestic tribunals from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court to the European Court of Justice (CJEU)  We have unique expertise in litigation both in the tax tribunals and appellate courts, as well as a forensic specialism in all aspects of judicial review. This includes appearing in judicial review challenges involving accelerated payment notices, questions of jurisdiction, enforcement and territoriality, as well as broader based public law challenges involving discrete aspects of tax administration. Our team are described by Chambers & Partners as “They are well respected for their advocacy skills and appear in cases across all levels of the UK court system.”

Our Public Access Barristers can help you with advice and representation relating to:

  • VAT
  • Customs & Excise Duties (including WOWGR Scheme)
  • Landfill Tax
  • Ratings law
  • Employee Benefits Trusts
  • Accelerated Payment Notices

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We can assist you with matters relating to VAT, Customs & Excise Duties, Landfill, Ratings, Employee Benefits Trusts and Accelerated Payment Notices.

Our team are able to advise and advocate for a range of clients including accountants, corporate executives, taxpayers and organisations.

Not necessarily but, if you do, we off experienced representation in domestic tax tribunals and appellate courts all the way through to the Supreme Court and CJEU. In addition, we are able to bring a niche specialism in judicial review to cases including challenges involving accelerated payment notices, questions of jurisdiction, enforcement and territoriality as well as broader tax administration.

Direct Access, also known as Public Access, allows you to directly instruct a barrister to act on your behalf, without using a solicitor or intermediary as is traditional. You are managing your case. However, not all cases are suitable for direct access and only barristers specifically trained to accept direct access instruction can assist you. Meet our trained barristers here.

We use a 4 step process outlining how you can instruct a barrister directly: Enquire, Discuss, Confirm, Instruct. Each stage is designed so we can make sure your case is suitable for direct access. It enables our clerks to find the right barrister, at the right price, for the right time just for you. Read more about the process here.

  • Represent you at court, before a tribunal, at a mediation and/or arbitration
  • Advise you on the potential outcomes of your case
  • Assist with drafting correspondence, formal Court documents and expert/witness statements
  • Advise you involving experts
  • Advise you on the next steps in the proceedings.

  • Liaise directly with the courts and other parties
  • Collect evidence and relevant papers
  • Handle money on your behalf

It is your responsibility to provide clear, concise instructions for your barrister to work towards your desired outcome. They cannot manage your case or your affairs nor can they handle money on your behalf.

Each case is different and some cases are not suitable for direct access instruction. For this area Clients using legal aid are not suitable for Direct Access so should instruct us using a solicitor. 

If your case is not suitable

Some cases require more day to day management so are not suitable for direct access. In this case, we will not progress beyond the Enquiry stage of our process but you can instruct us using a solicitor.

Costs vary depending on what your case needs: the work required, length of time and seniority of barrister. Fees can be a fixed amount for agreed upon work or an hourly rate with a set limit so you don’t go over an agreed upon budget. Generally speaking, the more work involved/longer the case will take/more senior (and thus experienced) the barrister, the higher the cost is likely to be.

More information can be found here.

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An easy process

Upon receiving this enquiry form a Public Access Clerk will contact you to discuss your case in further detail. Please see our 4 steps outlining the process of instructing a Direct Access Barrister.

1. Submit an enquiry
Fill out our form, designed to collect as much information as possible about your case.

2. Speak to a clerk
After carefully reviewing your form, a specially trained Clerk will get in touch to confirm if your case is suitable for one of our Direct Access Barristers.

3. Receive a client care pack
Once our Direct Access Barrister has agreed in principle to represent you, you will be sent a ‘client care letter’.

4. Instructing a Barrister
If you want to go ahead after agreeing to your client care letter, it’s time to instruct your Direct Access Barrister. Download a PDF of this process here.

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