I represent both corporate and private clients on a variety of UK and international tax matters, specialising in tax disputes.

My practice covers all forms of tax disputes, with a particular focus on high-profile and complex matters including those involving allegations of evasion or fraud. This includes helping clients throughout the life-cycle of a dispute, from pre-emptive advice to litigation in the tax tribunals/courts.

As well as responding to tax authority enquiries and investigations, I also work on complex tax disclosure projects, coordinating forensic internal investigations with clients in order to submit detailed representations to tax authorities for the purposes of disclosure and penalty mitigation.

I also advise on contractual disputes between parties and my disputes practice benefits from several years of experience advising on the tax aspects of corporate and finance transactions (including major mergers and acquisitions, international banking, capital markets, corporate reorganisations, derivatives and investment funds). I am a member of the Stamp Tax Practitioners Group, having worked on the tax and settlement aspects of several unique matters that saw UK securities trading on various international stock exchanges and which invariably involved complex points arising out of EU case law on the UK's stamp duty/SDRT regime.

  • I have advised the following clients on their transactions:
  • TechnipFMC plc, a UK public limited company formed to hold the combined energy infrastructure businesses of FMC Technologies, Inc. and Technip S.A. (a transaction with an equity value of approx. US$13 billion), in its public offering of new shares listed on both NYSE and Euronext.
  • Barry Callebaut, one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality cocoa and chocolate, on its acquisition of a Singaporean cocoa ingredients business of approx. $1 billion.
  • LivaNova plc, a UK public limited company formed to hold the combined businesses of Sorin S.p.A and Cyberonics, Inc. (a transaction with an equity value of approx. US$2.7 billion), in its public offering of new shares listed on both NASDAQ and the LSE.
  • Liberty Global plc on its issue of tracking shares, the first such issue by a UK public company, relating to its operation in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • ICE on its $11 billion acquisition of NYSE Euronext and the transition of clearing of the NYSE Liffe derivatives market to ICE Clear Europe (including drafting a UK statutory instrument entitled 'The Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Reserve Tax (ICE Clear Europe Limited) Regulations 2013').
  • *All at previous law firm
  • I have advised the following clients on their tax disputes:
  • A multinational group in relation to a forensic investigation of multi-million pound VAT/corporation tax errors and the subsequent disclosure to the tax authorities to substantially mitigate penalties.
  • A global and US-listed enterprise cloud application provider in relation to an enquiry launched by HMRC into its UK transfer pricing and Diverted Profits Tax affairs.
  • The various sellers of a global media and entertainment company in relation to multi-million pound claims for tax errors discovered after completion.
  • A UK group in relation to the seizure of imported goods and alleged customs errors, including condemnation/restoration proceedings, appeals before the Tax Tribunal and potential judicial review proceedings.
  • A UK group in relation to its appeals before the Tax Tribunal regarding alleged VAT/customs duty errors.
Education
  • University of Oxford, M.A. History, First Class Honours and Scholarship
  • BPP Law School, LPC, Distinction
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority, 2012