Tax disputes

Our litigation team works with commercial clients who are in dispute with the Revenue and Customs authorities, advising on all aspects of direct and indirect tax-related disputes controversies.

We work regularly on issues concerning corporation tax, VAT, customs and excise duties, stamp duty, stamp duty land tax and stamp duty reserve tax.

One area of focus is cross-border tax disputes, including matters arising from international taxation agreements and conventions.

We also advise on reputation management issues if the dispute becomes the subject of adverse media attention. We can take pre-emptive action to prevent the publication or broadcast of damaging stories or afterwards take action to obtain damages, corrections and apologies from the media or redress from the media regulators.

Our clients are typically international businesses, with representative offices or some kind of permanent base in the UK or US. Many come from the shipping and insurance sectors, where we have experience.

Recent work

  • Acted for an international transport company incorporated in Germany, in its claims for refund of VAT; this had been blocked by HM Revenue & Customs on the grounds that our client had a permanent UK establishment.
  • Acted for clients involved in the ‘EU dividend and CFC' litigation. This centred on whether, according to the terms of the EU treaty, dividends received by UK companies from abroad should be taxed under the UK system, and also questioned the validity of the UK Controlled Foreign Company tax regime.
  • Advised on the effect of Revenue and Customs concessions and what taxpayers can legitimately expect when advance clearances are sought.

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