Tax Chambers - 15 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn London, WC2A 3UE
  • Tax Law

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The following legal experts from 15 Old Square contribute to our CPDcasts:

James Kessler QC
Harriet Brown
Rory Mullan


15 Old Square is a leading set of specialist tax chambers, founded in 1968. Individually, members have specialist expertise and each member practices independently. However, they are able to exchange ideas and share knowledge and experience within chambers, building up a substantial pool of expert learning in tax law and practice.

15 Old Square specialises in all aspects of tax advice, whether corporate or for private clients and including issues relating to trusts and estates, VAT and Customs and Excise matters. Members appear as advocates before all English courts and tribunals as well as the European Court of Justice. They provide independent advice in conference (in person or telephone) or by written opinion and draft key documents to implement tax strategies. Particular areas of expertise include multinational corporate structuring, strategies for entrepreneurs, employment remuneration structures, non-UK resident companies and trusts, foreign domiciliaries, stamp duty, stamp duty land tax and VAT.

All members have a wider area of expertise but the following indicate certain specialities.

  • Stephen Brandon QC is consulted widely on offshore structures, international tax disputes, employee remuneration strategies, strategies for entrepreneurs and for foreign domiciliaries.
  • Rex Bretten QC's practice has a particular emphasis on company mergers and acquisitions, multi-national corporate work and Double Taxation Treaties.
  • Roberrt Venables QC's specialities include litigation, trusts, EC, offshore and international, VAT and remedying botched planning.
  • James Kessler QC is a founder member of STEP with particular interest in offshore trusts and companies, foreign domiciliaries and charities.
  • Christopher Sokol QC has particular experience in direct and indirect tax.

Members are usually consulted on difficult or controversial points of law and in relation to complex tax planning strategies. They are also instructed to act as advocates in tax appeals and other tax-related litigation. They are instructed by solicitors and also directly by accountants and other professionals under the Bar Direct Scheme.

As well as taxation expertise, members are experienced in areas such as trust law, partnership, company law and financial services law, and land law, which often relate to tax problems.

Chambers aims to maintain its controlled expansion, with increasing emphasis on litigious work and VAT.

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