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Tax litigation is a core part of our work. We have historic and extensive experience across the whole spectrum of indirect tax.
The team is led by Owain Thomas QC and members of chambers have experience in all forms of domestic tribunals from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court as well as the CJEU. Recently, this has included:
- Supreme Court case and three High Court injunction reviews regarding the Alcohol Wholesalers registration scheme.
- Court of Appeal case concerning ‘Talacre’ carve out (Case C-251/05) Talacre Beach Caravan Sales Ltd v Customs and Excise Comrs  STC.
- Supreme Court judgment on third party consideration in Airtours Holidays Transport Limited v HMRC.
- Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs  UKSC 26.
- Successful judicial review challenge on behalf of the Locum Doctors Union, via the pre-action protocol, to NHS Improvement’s purported prohibition on personal service companies in light of the new public sector IR35 rules.
- Case heard in the CJEU to determine cultural exemption from VAT.
- Ongoing advisory work in relation to employee benefit trusts (EBTs) and alternative dispute resolution/litigation settlement strategy, as well as Code of Practice 9 (COP9) enquiries.
Chambers acts for both HMRC and taxpayers in cases involving VAT, Customs Duties, Excise Duties, Landfill Tax and Ratings. Chambers is unusual in that it has particular expertise in both litigation in the tax Tribunals and appellate courts, as well as a forensic specialism in all aspects of judicial review.
As one of the leading sets in public and administrative law, our tax expertise has a unique and complimentary public law parallel. Members of 1COR’s tax team are regularly instructed by both taxpayers and HMRC 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.
We accept instructions from solicitors, accountants, corporate executives, and taxpayers alike.
Our Members have authored two chapters in the looseleaf Sweet & Maxwell publication ‘Value Added Tax, Commentary and Analysis’, published in September 2009. This provides an in-depth analysis of VAT law and includes an extensive section on judicial review in tax matters.
Our team is highly regarded by legal directories; “although particularly well known for representing the Revenue in high-profile VAT litigation, this set has increased its work acting on behalf of private entities. It handles the full range of indirect tax issues, and undertakes a good deal of tax tribunal work and public law challenges. Its members have handled a variety of cases in the past year involving such issues as VAT relief, abuse law as it relates to tax avoidance and customs duty classification.” (Chambers & Partners)
Join the Legal Training Consultancy VAT Update with Owain Thomas QC - Jun 2020
Edite Ligere named Banking & Finance Lawyer of 2020 in the UK by Leaders in Law 2020 Global Awards - Jun 2020
Oliver Sanders QC talks emerging tech with Law Commissioner Sarah Green in Counsel Magazine - May 2020
Duncan Fairgrieve remotely appears before the Supreme Court in landmark tort law case - May 2020
Dominic Ruck Keene examines whether the lockdown is compliant with the European Charter of Human Rights? - May 2020
Natasha Barnes successful for HMRC in Upper Tribunal in joined appeals concerning the scope of the welfare exemption - May 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 108: Renewed lockdown, new guidance - Apr 2020
(Remote) Life at the Bar with the Sutton Trust - Apr 2020
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review -2020 – Special Issue - Mar 2020
Natasha Barnes successful for HMRC in Court of Appeal - Mar 2020
COVID-19 Outbreak – Information for Clients - Mar 2020
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Winter 2019/20 – Issue 4 - Mar 2020
Michael Spencer contributes to 3rd edition of the legal handbook for disabled children - Mar 2020
Widening Participation with the Inner Temple and Warwick University - Feb 2020
Owain Thomas QC gives insight into VAT and Property at the Bloomsbury Professional Property Tax Conference 2019 - Nov 2019
Join us at the Bar Council Pupillage Fair 2019 - Oct 2019
1 Crown Office Row remains a Tier 1 Set in the Legal 500 2020 - Sep 2019
Law Pod UK Ep. 93: Taxation and Human Rights - Sep 2019
Read through some of the highlights of 2019 in the 1COR Bundle - Sep 2019
Natasha Barnes successful for HMRC in Court of Appeal - Aug 2019
Amy Mannion successful before the Supreme Court - Jun 2019
Natasha Barnes appears in Court of Appeal regarding due diligence requirements imposed on alcohol wholesale traders - May 2019
Amy Mannion successful for HMRC in VAT EU law case - Apr 2019
Natasha Barnes in complex partial exemption dispute in N Brown v HMRC - Mar 2019
Owain Thomas QC in perhaps the last reference to the CJEU from a domestic court before Brexit - Feb 2019
Natasha Barnes succeeds for HMRC in significant tax case addressing whether supplies can be treated differently for VAT purposes across the devolved nations - Jan 2019
Natasha Barnes succeeds for HMRC in multi-million pound test case - Dec 2018
Michael Paulin successful in Schedule 36 case on behalf of international corporate - Dec 2018
Paul Reynolds represents taxpayer in High Court - Nov 2018
1 Crown Office Row remains a ‘Band 1 Set’ according to Chambers & Partners - Nov 2018
1 Crown Office Row remains a ‘top tier set’ in the Legal 500 2018 Guide - Oct 2018
Sarabjit Singh QC to appear in Supreme Court - Oct 2018
Delighted that Michael Paulin is promoted to B panel of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel - Jul 2018
Owain Thomas QC, leading Amy Mannion, Acted for HMRC against Volkswagen Financial Services - Nov 2016
Sarabjit Singh to lead Matt Donmall in landmark rating law case in Supreme Court on Monday - Nov 2016
Owain Thomas QC representing the United Kingdom Government in the CJEU - Jun 2016
Sarabjit Singh appears in the Supreme Court - Jun 2016
Philippa Whipple QC successful in Court of Appeal landfill tax case - Jul 2015
1COR’s double success at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2013 - Oct 2013
Important win against HMRC on legitimate expectation in tax - Jul 2013
Amy Mannion has been appointed to two Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Specialist Advocate Panels - Mar 2013
Philippa Whipple QC wins the Europe Women in Business Law Award 2012 for Best in Tax Dispute Resolution - Jul 2012
Owain Thomas QC and Isabel McArdle successful in Abuse of Law Appeal - Apr 2018
Natasha Barnes successful in this appeal against HMRC’s decision to revoke the approval of Rurkhee Trading under WOWGR - Apr 2018
Amy Mannion successful for HMRC in alcohol excise WOWGR-approval revocation appeal - Apr 2018
Owain Thomas QC is appearing before the Grand Chamber of the CJEU in VAT case involving Volkswagen Financial Services - Feb 2018
Owain Thomas QC and Isabel McArdle appear in Court of Appeal in Abuse Case and Tax Avoidance - Feb 2018
Owain Thomas QC and Isabel McArdle successful in resisting permission in tax judicial review - Feb 2018
Michael Paulin successful in judicial review challenge to accelerated payment notices - Oct 2017
Owain Thomas QC acted for the UK government in a recent preliminary ruling in the Court of Justice of the European Union - Oct 2017
Owain Thomas QC wins VAT case for woodland charity - Sep 2017
Amy Mannion successful for HMRC in discharging a High Court injunction - May 2017
Jeremy Hyam QC successful in Court of Appeal VAT case concerning Talacre ‘carve out’ - May 2017
Amy Mannion to appear in Court of Appeal in alcohol wholesaler judicial review and injunction cases - May 2017
Supreme Court refers questions to the CJEU in Volkswagen Financial Services Ltd v Commissioners for HMRC - Apr 2017
Sarabjit Singh Succeeds on behalf of the United Kingdom in European Court of Justice - Feb 2017
Sarabjit Singh to represent UK in European Court of Justice - Sep 2016
Amy Mannion win for HMRC in Upper Tribunal (Tax Chamber) - Aug 2016
Owain Thomas QC wins VAT case on diagnostic services for the NHS against HMRC - May 2016
Owain Thomas QC and Matthew Donmall win Supreme Court VAT case on third party consideration - May 2016
Owain Thomas QC and Matthew Donmall in the Supreme Court - Mar 2016
Owain Thomas wins Court of Appeal customs law case - Dec 2015
Owain Thomas and Matthew Donmall obtain a reference by the Court of Appeal to the CJEU in VAT case - Nov 2015
Owain Thomas in the Court of Appeal in customs law case on military clothing - Nov 2015
Owain Thomas successful in HMRC tax avoidance case - Jun 2015
Neil Sheldon successful for HMRC in Supreme Court smuggling case - Jun 2014
Owain Thomas wins for HMRC in Court of Appeal VAT dispute with Sub-One represented by Philippa Whipple QC and Isabel McArdle - Jun 2014
Sarabjit Singh wins for the Roald Dahl Museum against HMRC - May 2014
Amy Mannion successful in Upper Tribunal for HMRC in Colchester v HMRC - Apr 2014
Amy Mannion wins case for HMRC clarifying that a card game, Bridge, is not a sport - Feb 2014
Amy Mannion wins in VAT case worth £400,000 - Jun 2013
Owain Thomas and Matthew Donmall win for HMRC in test case on VAT liability for medical supplies - May 2013
Sarabjit Singh wins VAT case for HMRC in Upper Tribunal - Apr 2013
Amy Mannion wins for HMRC in Global Corporation Trading v HMRC - Mar 2013
Owain Thomas wins for HMRC against BAA Ltd in the Court of Appeal in a leading case on input tax - Feb 2013
Philip Havers QC represents the LSB in a Supreme Court case regarding the legal privilege of accountants offering tax advice - Feb 2013
Owain Thomas wins for HMRC in VAT dispute with Sub-One represented by Philippa Whipple QC and Isabel McArdle - Oct 2012
Philippa Whipple QC and Suzanne Lambert win HMG’s case closing Channel Islands VAT loophole - Mar 2012