John undertakes a wide variety of advisory and litigation work in all areas of tax law. He has advised on matters ranging from inheritance tax and SDLT planning to major corporation tax and VAT disputes between multi-national companies and HMRC. As an advocate he has acted as junior Counsel in numerous major pieces of litigation, and has also appeared unled on many occasions. As a result he has appeared as an advocate before the UK Courts and Tribunals at every level and before the Court of Justice of the EU.
John’s recent work ranges from a number of significant international tax and VAT matters (both advisory and upcoming litigation) to appearing, pro bono, for the taxpayer in Eynsham CC v HMRC (meaning of “charity” for UK tax purposes). John has also appeared for HMRC in a number of important recent cases, including: Briggs (CGT on earn-out rights); George (entrepreneurs’ relief); Cook (VAT on tuition); Gill (agricultural property relief from IHT); Tooth (discovery assessments); and Hasbro European Trading BV (customs duty classification).