John was selected by the Tax Journal as one of the “Top 40 under 40” individuals working in UK tax in 2015, and was described therein as:
- “one of the most consistently impressive juniors out there at present”
- “extremely client friendly and presents well on his feet – factors which, combined with his technical excellence really mark him out as a future star”
John is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (C Panel) and is a CEDR-accredited Mediator.
In his spare time, John plays cricket for the Bar of England and Wales and the (aptly named) Grannies. He has also been known to head off on an occasional cycling adventure, much to the chagrin of his Clerks…
MA Cantab (Double First Class Hons, Law), Trinity Hall, Cambridge (Bateman Scholar).
BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School.
Middle Temple (Queen Mother’s Scholarship and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition).
Chambers and Partners (2019) – “Knowledgeable and very thorough”, “Highly intelligent, proactive and a pleasure to work with” and “Always impressive, well prepared and pragmatic. He thinks around the subject and contributes original and insightful comments.”
Legal 500 (2019) – “Highly intelligent, very organised approach”
Chambers and Partners (2018) – “He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of recent tax cases” and “Practical, very well prepared and an excellent VAT adviser.”
Chambers and Partners (2017) – “He leaves no stone unturned in getting to grips with every aspect of the dispute” and “He’s very capable, very clear and very well informed”
Legal 500 (2017) – “Focused, intelligent and practical; all-in-all excellent”
Chambers and Partners (2016) – “extremely bright and very articulate” and “massively conscientious – he constantly thinks about things, is engaging and remarkably client-friendly.”
Legal 500 (2015) – “Great experience in Supreme Court cases”.
Chambers and Partners (2015) – “an outstanding young barrister. He is insightful, very articulate and very thorough”.
Legal 500 (2014) – “a user-friendly junior, who is very strong on responsiveness and commerciality”.
Legal 500 (2012) – “incredibly thorough, meticulous and very able”.
“VAT for employment businesses: clarity at last?” – Tax Journal (23 March 2018)
“Airtours and input tax: a new hope?” – Tax Journal (15 April 2016)
“Tax Appeals: What is the ‘Point of Law'” – Tax Journal (25 September 2015)
“Who will guard the guardians?” – Tax Journal (21 June 2013)
“Lansdowne and Discovery Assessments” – Tax Journal (17 February 2012)
John Brinsmead-Stockham has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST) on a world-wide basis and subject to the terms of cover: see www.barmutual.co.uk
VAT number: 888559345
Court of Justice of the EU
Marcandi Ltd v HMRC  EUECJ C-544/16 (CJEU) – VAT treatment of credits used for online auction.
Court of Appeal
HMRC v Tooth  EWCA Civ 826 (CA) – validity of discovery assessment – meaning of “deliberately” in Taxes Management Act 1970.
Hasbro European Trading BV v HMRC  EWCA Civ 1221 (CA) – customs duty classification – relevance of Explanatory Notes to the Harmonised System.
Reed Employment Ltd v HMRC  STC 1026 (CA) – recovery of overpaid VAT; EU law principles of equal treatment, fiscal neutrality and effectiveness.
HMRC v FCE Bank plc  STC 14 (CA) – corporation tax group relief; non-discrimination under UK-US Double Tax Treaty.
HMRC v Lansdowne Partners Limited Partnership  STC 544 (CA) – income tax treatment of rebate payments to hedge fund partners and validity of discovery assessments.
Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery)
Eynsham Cricket Club v HMRC  UKUT 47 (UT) – effect of HMRC concession and whether HMRC entitled to raise new argument on appeal to UT.
Adetona v HMRC  UKUT – tax credits – void decisions by HMRC
Moorthy v HMRC  UKUT 13 (UT)– employment income – settlement of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims – injury to feelings
Jordan v HMRC  UKUT 218 (UT) – information notices – jurisdiction of UT to hear appeal against decision of FTT.
Bupa Insurance Ltd v HMRC  UKUT 262 (UT) – consortium relief; “beneficial entitlement to a dividend”
First-tier Tribunal (Tax)
London Luton Hotel BPRA Property Fund LLP v HMRC  UKFTT 212 (FTT) – business premises renovation allowance claim by investment fund.
Dieno George v HMRC  UKFTT 509 (FTT) – availability of entrepreneurs’ relief in the context of a specifically enforceable contract for the grant of voting rights.
Eynsham Cricket Club v HMRC  UKFTT 611 (TC) – whether local cricket club entitled to zero-rating of supplies received in the course of rebuilding its pavilion – whether Community Amateur Sports Club can qualify as a “charity” for tax purposes.
Marathon Oil UK LLC v HMRC  UKFTT 822 (FTT) – capital allowances – “special allowance” for expenditure on decommissioning platforms in the North Sea.
Club 21 (UK) Ltd v HMRC  UKFTT 1113 (FTT) – customs duty – valuation – buying commission
Hargrove v HMRC  UKFTT 921 (FTT) – pensions lifetime allowance charge – late claim – “reasonable excuse”
Reed Employment Ltd v HMRC  SFTD 720 (FTT) – VAT treatment of employment agencies and recovery of overpaid VAT.
Spowage and others v HMRC  SFTD 393 (Special Commissioners) – income tax; availability of Seafarers’ Earnings Deduction.