Tax Lawyers

Top 10

William Massey QC

Pump Court Tax Chambers

It must feel pretty good to beat an overreaching state back to its margins. Massey, a QC who enjoys almost mythical status, recently represented the executors of Lord Howard of Henderskelfe’s estate in the Court of Appeal, arguing successfully against… Read More

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Ceris Gardner


“What shall we do?” has become a refrain,’ says Gardner of her European clients post-Brexit. Non-dom changes and residency applications are keeping her busy, but she says that as long as immigration law allows them to stay, they will. ‘At… Read More

John Barnett

Burges Salmon

A winner of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s medal, Barnett joined Burges Salmon twenty years ago. In 2003 he moved to the private client wealth structuring division, specialising in advising HNWs as well as high-profile banks and financial institutions. A… Read More


Penningtons Manches

Witty and affable, the co-head of private wealth advises on complex issues centred around a range of HNW families. She says she often has to transcend the technicalities of tax and focus on the human element: ‘A lot of this… Read More

Patricia Milner


Advising family business owners, single family offices, landed estates and City professionals, Milner, Withers’ cheerful co-head of wealth planning, is in demand. She recently led a ‘very significant’ commercial transaction on behalf of 22 parties, which ‘involved three different jurisdictions,… Read More

Patrick Harney


Harney has a strong City clientele, rich with hedgies, private equity principals and transatlantic links. So how does he view US tax obligations from an overseas perspective? ‘It can be a complete nightmare,’ he says, highlighting the case of Boris… Read More

Simon Taube

Ten Old Square

Taube found himself attracted to tax and fiduciary work for the ‘considerable legal complexity’ it involves, and the ‘mixture between human psychology and law’. He now deals more with trusts and probate, practising in the UK and offshore, notably in… Read More

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Ceri Vokes


A likeable former corporate lawyer with an active sports and City-centric client base, Vokes advises doms and non-doms alike on ‘all aspects’ of wealth planning, focusing on tax-efficient investment structuring and investment by individuals and trustees into private equity funds,… Read More

Mark Lindley

Boodle Hatfield

Lindley isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. ‘I always enjoy the big-ticket offshore trusts litigation,’ he says, mentioning a big case in Guernsey that has potentially spilled over to the English courts. ‘That would have very serious tax consequences;… Read More

Paul Fairbairn


‘When I started, tax avoidance was a positive thing — it’s now a dirty word,’ says Fairbairn. ‘At a firm like Withers — and as a solicitor — you’re not just looking at what works, you’re looking at what’s acceptable.’… Read More

Sangna Chauhan

Charles Russell Speechlys

Chauhan, one of the new breed of tax advisers, is focusing on coherent rather than creative solutions. ‘My generation has grown up in a professional atmosphere of compliance and transparency,’ she says. ‘The old attitude: “How can we hide money?”… Read More