‘An absolute star,’ one industry peer says about Spear’s Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year in 2016 James Quarmby. That’s no exaggeration, particularly when you consider Quarmby’s on-air bout with John Humphrys on the Today programme, in which he impressively defended David Cameron’s tax affairs following the Panama Papers leaks. When Spear’s caught up with him, Quarmby was similarly adamant: ‘I don’t think tax avoidance is a dirty word if it’s done responsibly and not abusively,’ he says. Although the partner is clear that tax avoidance should not be encouraged, the government’s illiberal measures ‘to demonise’ lawful planning simply should not be allowed, he adds.
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