Edward Hellier

Called 2016

''Hands-on, brilliant attention to detail, responsive and very capable.''

Ed is regularly instructed as Junior Counsel and in his own right on a wide variety of matters: he has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal and Tax Tribunals; and has experience litigating direct and indirect tax disputes in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Tax Tribunals. Ed also has a busy advisory practice and is instructed by individuals and businesses on anything from domestic SDLT issues to international tax questions. He is ranked as an “Up and Coming” Junior by Chambers and Partners.

Prior to joining Chambers Ed read History at Oxford and spent a year in the tax department of a firm of city solicitors. He continues to be an enthusiastic sportsman, although he has come to the realisation that his talents lie more in the courtroom than on the sports field.

Among other areas he has experience in:

  • VAT matters including: partial exemption; single and multiple supplies; and reduced rates and exemptions (such as the land exemption and the reduced rate for energy-saving materials);
  • IHT matters including Business Property Relief;
  • SDLT matters including: substantial performance and contracts providing for conveyance to a third party; and Multiple Dwellings Relief;
  • Business rates and council tax;
  • Entrepreneurs’ Relief and the Substantial Shareholding Exemption;
  • Corporation tax matters including those concerning Double Taxation Conventions;
  • Follower Notices and Accelerated Penalty Notices;
  • Penalties; and
  • Procedural matters and the application of the TMA 1970.

Ed is a member of the Revenue Bar Association, and has previously been a member of the IFS’s Tax Law Review Committee. He accepts instructions to act and advise on the full range of Chambers’ practice areas both as Junior Counsel and on his own.

Current work:

Amongst other matters, Ed is currently working on cases concerning SDLT, VAT on energy saving materials, and capital allowances. He is also involved in a project concerning the taxation of cryptocurrencies and NFTs.


Supreme Court

Court of Appeal

Upper Tribunal

First-tier Tribunal

In addition Ed has been instructed:

  • In a case concerning VAT partial exemption. Settled before trial;
  • On Accelerated Payment Notice matters;
  • On a taxpayer Judicial Review; and
  • On a VAT matter concerning security for money that settled before trial.
  • ‘‘Highly organised and very bright, he is an up and coming talent”- Chambers and Partners 2024. 
  • ‘‘Hands-on, brilliant attention to detail, responsive and very capable” – Legal 500 (2024).
  • 2015-2016: City Law School, City University London; BPTC (Outstanding)
  • 2014-2015: City Law School, City University London; GDL (Distinction)
  • 2010-2013: Oxford University; BA (Hons) History (Prelims, Distinction)

Scholarships and Prizes:

  • 2015-2016: Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2014-2015: Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2014: Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2016: Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn

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