Hui Ling appears regularly in complex and substantial litigation, including:
- representing the pension trustees in Equity Trust Singapore (Court of Appeal) involving tax and surcharges on £100m of funds under management. Lloyd L.J. described her submissions as “conspicuously able” .
- acting for the 24 Claimants in Derrin Brother Properties (High Court) concerning ATO enquiries with tax at stake of AUD 230m. Simler J. described her arguments as “admirable and forceful” .
- securing what the Financial Times called an important legal victory for the government in the SDLT avoidance case, Vardy Properties.
- representing five lead case LLPs in the £300m Icebreaker litigation. Nugee J. described her arguments in related UT proceedings as “carefully structured and skilfully presented” .
Hui Ling acts for corporate and private clients in all areas of tax law with an emphasis on corporate and international tax matters, VAT and SDLT. Recent work includes:
- Corporate and international tax: Capital allowances, double tax treaty disputes, R&D credits (particularly in the energy sector), anti-hybrid rules, and issues concerning corporate debt and cross-border lending.
- VAT: Partial exemption, supply classification issues (particularly financial services and insurance) and real estate (particularly development, construction, energy-saving materials).
- Private clients and related issues: Advising sportsmen and event sponsors, broadcasters, entertainers (film and television, including IR35 and public sector off-payroll working), fund managers and pension scheme trustees.
Hui Ling has a particular interest in cases raising avoidance / abuse of rights, human rights or accounting issues as well as an interest in innovative tax dispute resolution processes, including ADR and bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration. In 2011, she became chambers’ first CEDR accredited mediator.
Recommendations – Hui Ling is recommended in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal where she receives particular acclaim for her skills in court.
Highly rated silk. Great at absorbing huge volumes of information and simplifying the issues; her pleadings are exceptional as are her advocacy skills – Chambers and Partners 2020
She works incredibly hard, is tactically very astute and clients love her – Legal 500 2019
Highly rated silk. She has an incredible insight and clarity of approach. An excellent advocate combining the attributes of eloquence and precision. Quick, clear-thinking and decisive – Chambers and Partners 2019
Tenacious as an advocate and not afraid to push difficult points – Legal 500 2018
Intellectually very sharp, quick to think on her feet in court and very measured in analysing arguments. Very thorough and provides super client service – Chambers and Partners 2018
Excellent, she’s just so bright and so on top of everything – Chambers and Partners 2017
An extraordinarily accomplished advocate – Legal 500 2016
A phenomenal talent – Who’s Who Legal 2016
Very strong advocate who is very bright. Clever and determined advocate who combines first-rate tax and public law expertise – Chambers and Partners 2020
Highly praised new silk. Has boundless energy and ambition. She is excellent to work with and has good judgement. An articulate advocate who also provides sound commercial advice. Very approachable, intelligent, responsive and reliable – Chambers and Partners 2019
Forensic in her attention to detail. Thorough, responsive, constructive and provides a great client service – Chambers and Partners 2018
Strategic and persuasive, with a rare ability to make the complex seem simple. Excellent drafting skills coupled with persuasive, measured advocacy – Legal 500 2017
Highly regarded for her expertise in corporate tax and VAT – Who’s Who Legal 2017
Diligent, eloquent, intelligent. Phenomenally perceptive – Chambers and Partners 2017
Chambers Bar Awards:
- Shortlisted for Tax Silk of the Year 2019
- Tax Junior of the Year 2013 and 2017; shortlisted 2016
Shortlisted for Legal 500 Tax Junior of the Year 2017
Shortlisted for the Chambers 100 UK Bar (Juniors) 2013
Shortlisted as a finalist for Young Practitioner of the Year – STEP Private Client Awards (2013/14)
Rising Star within Indirect Tax – Indirect Tax Awards (2012)
40 under 40 – Tax Journal (2011/12)
Shortlisted for Taxation’s Rising Star – Taxation Awards (2009)
Top 35 Under 35 – Private Client Practitioner (2009)
- Former General Editor of Private Client Business (Sweet & Maxwell)
- Contributor to VAT Commentary and Analysis (Sweet & Maxwell)
- FA(No.2) 2017 Notes: Section 9: life insurance policies: recalculating gains on part surrenders etc  BTR 527
- UBS and DB Group Services: a departure from the conventional approach?  BTR 257
- Tribunal Fees – a tax on justice (Tax Adviser, Management of Taxes Voice, Issue 1, January 2016)
- Breaking the Deadlock – Resolving SME Tax Disputes by ADR  PCB 185
- The Tax Treatment of Damages and Compensation  PCB 117
- SHIPS that Pass in the Night – Reconciling Mayes and Drummond  BTR 279
- Navigating the Finance Act 2007 Penalty Regime: Three Case Studies  PCB 210
- Remittances and Overseas Transfers  PCB 397
- Protected Cell Companies and TCGA 1992 s.13  PCB 316
- It’s Good to Talk – resolving disputes via ADR (Taxation Magazine, April 2012)
- Tax Penalties – Convention Compliant? (Tax Journal, April 2009)
- Abuse of Rights: Imposing Limits (Tax Journal, November 2008)
- Abuse of Rights: The Effect of the Doctrine on VAT Planning  BTR No. 2 160
Hui Ling has chaired or spoken at conferences organised by the CIOT, the ATT, STEP, the VPG, the Oxford Centre for Business Taxation, the International Fiscal Association and the Academy of European Law, amongst others. She is always happy to accept speaking invitations, including at internal firm training seminars.
- Bencher of the Inner Temple
- Chairman of the CIOT’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation Group
- CEDR Accredited Mediator
- Fellow of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT)
- Member of the Revenue and Chancery Bar Associations
- Member of the VAT Practitioners Group
Hui Ling McCarthy KC has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (of 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST) on a world-wide basis and subject to the terms of cover: see http://www.barmutual.co.uk/.
VAT number: 887981441
Case C-28/16 MVM (written observations for UK) – VAT: deduction of input tax by holding company
Eclipse UKSC 2015/0102 – trading; application of Jones / Pendragon. Instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
WHA  UKSC 24 – VAT; input tax recovery; application of Redrow / LMUK. Instructed by Forbes Hall and Deloitte.
National Transport Authority v Mauritius Secondary Industry Ltd  UKPC 31 – successfully appeared for the NTA in a case concerning the incidence of VAT in a commercial property deal.
Court of Appeal
Tooth  EWCA Civ 826 (did not appear below) – staleness; deliberate inaccuracy – permission to appeal to the Supeme Court granted.
Raftopoulou  EWCA Civ 818 – whether s.118 TMA “reasonable excuse” can extend 4-year time limit for making claims
Degorce  EWCA Civ 1427 – £20m loss relief claim from film business. Instructed by Enyo Law.
Equity Trust (Singapore)  EWCA Civ 192 (also acted in HC) – QROPS status. Instructed by Squire Sanders.
Merlin v VO  UKUT (LC) (also acted in the VTE) – business rates; whether the Smiler crash at Alton Towers gave rise to a material change in circumstances; guidance on remuneration of expert witnesses
Wetheralds  UKUT 173 (TCC) – VAT; reduced rating for energy-saving materials.
Frosh and Joyce  UKUT 320 (TCC) – SDLT avoidance.
Languard and Macpherson  UKUT 307 (TCC) – VAT; conversion of mixed use property and zero-rating.
J3  UKUT 253 (TCC) – VAT; construction – meaning of alteration of existing building
Bastionspark  UKUT 425 (TCC) – costs. Instructed by Rosenblatt Solicitors.
Dyer  UKUT 381 (TCC) – CGT; share valuation
Norseman Gold  UKUT 69 (TCC) – VAT treatment of UK holding company making supplies of management services to overseas subsidiaries
Xerox  UKUT 631 (TCC) (also acted in FtT) – Customs duties; classification of Xerox Solid Ink
Lobler  UKUT 152 (TCC) – taxation of chargeable event gains on partial surrender of life policies; ECHR arguments; proportionality. Representing the CIOT.
Dhanak  UKUT 68 (TCC) (also acted in FtT) – availability of relief under s.392 ITEPA 2003; jurisdiction FtT. Instructed by McKie & Co (Advisory Services).
Bosher  UKUT 579 (TCC) (also acted in FtT) – CIS penalties; disproportionality
Leslie Smith  UKUT B16 (TCC) – preparation of accounts not in accordance with GAAP; negligence
LO v Dannhauser  EWHC 3162 (Admin) – Council Tax; the correct test for altering the list
R(oao) Ramdhun  EWHC 946 (Admin) – meaning of “self-contained unit”
Telfer v Sakellarios  EWHC 1556 (Comm) – liability to PAYE in the context of a claim for payment; “other payer”; tax presence. Instructed by Davenport Lyons.
R (oao Tameside MBC) v Valuation Officer  EWHC 450 (Admin) – correcting errors in non-domestic rating list
Equity Trust (Singapore) Limited  EWHC 2996 (Ch) – use of CPR Part 8 procedure; jurisdiction. Instructed by Squire Sanders.
Hammond v Coys of Kensington Ltd (ChD; Companies Court) – VAT; auctioneers’ margin scheme. Instructed by Taylor Wessing.
First-tier Tribunal (or equivalent)
Salinger  UKFTT 667 (TC) – IHT and trusts; reversionary interest and excluded property rules
Paya Ltd and Anr  UKFTT 660 (TC) – rights of a non-party to admit evidence. Instructed by the BBC.
Rotberg  UKFTT 657 (TC) – CGT on share sale; jurisdiction of FtT; legitimate expectation. Instructed by BDO.
Wildin  UKFTT 459 (TC) – valuation of goodwill for CGT
Kishore  UKFTT 465 (TC) – income tax; single/separate trades; cessation of trade. Instructed by Hill Dickinson.
Pepper  UKFTT 654 (TC) – contract settlements; scope of FtT’s jurisdiction.
Trustees of David Zetland Settlement  UKFTT 284 (TC) – IHT; availability of BPR. Instructed by Squire Sanders.
Weiser  UKFTT 501 (TC) – UK/Israel double tax treaty; meaning of “subject to tax”
Curran  UKFTT 517 (TC) – interest relief; validity of settlement agreement
Crompton  STC (SCD) 504 – income tax treatment of compensation payment
VAT and Duties
Safestore  UKFTT 276 (on appeal to the UT) – VAT; application of insurance and insurance intermediation exemptions in the context of self-storage insurance supplies
N Brown Group plc and JD Williams  UKFTT 172 – VAT; partial exemption attribution and apportionment; marketing costs in the context of a business selling goods and offering finance
Perenco  UKFTT 65 (TC) – Fleming claim for recovery of input tax on share issue expenses; instructed by Deloitte
African Consolidated Resources  UKFTT 580 (TC) – input tax recovery by UK holding company
Anna Scholz  UKFTT 353 (TC) – Customs duties; eligibility of goods for samples relief
Jones  UKFTT 503 (TC) – successfully argued for the taxpayer that the “use or disposal” of property was not restricted by s.106 agreement, securing an input tax repayment under the DIY Scheme.
Enersys  UKFTT 20 (TC) – leading case on disproportionality of VAT surcharges.
Crest Nicholson  UKFTT 134 (TC) – SDLT avoidance; distribution in specie scheme; HMRC’s determination and discovery powers
Allchin  UKFTT 198 (TC) – application of s.45 FA 2003 to a novation
Vardy Properties  UKFTT 564 (TC) – SDLT avoidance; distribution in specie scheme
Neiland  – Adjudicator to HMLR – effect of s.79(1) FA 2003
Pearl Group  No. 054017371184/537N05 – relevance of a restrictive covenant to the determination of rateable value