Michael Ripley

Called 2008

Michael advises a variety of corporate and private clients on contentious and non-contentious matters across a broad range of revenue law areas including direct and indirect tax. He also frequently appears in courts and tribunals in the UK on tax matters either with a leader or on his own.

Michael qualified as a chartered accountant and was a manager in the tax department of a “Big 4” accountancy firm until 2006; he has also been a Visiting Tutor in European law at City University.

Michael now has more than 10 years of experience in litigating significant and high-value tax disputes in the UK. Recent notable areas of litigation include:

– Computation of business profits, including cases involving disputed accounting matters.
– Capital allowances for large infrastructure projects.
– Motive tests, where tax is alleged to have been one of the main objects of a transaction.
– San Giorgio rights to unlawfully levied tax, VAT grouping and general principles of EU law.
– The scope of HMRC’s powers of enquiry, including carry-back loss relief claims.
– Penalties for deliberate inaccuracies.

In addition, Michael advises on a broad spectrum of matters relating to the taxation of corporates and private individuals.
For example, in relation to corporates he has extensive experience in relation to loan relationships, the intangible assets regime and international tax issues such as diverted profits tax and double tax relief.

And in relation to private individuals Michael is familiar with many of the tax issues facing high-net worth individuals including the remittance basis, reliefs from CGT, the taxation of trusts and income tax/NICs on employment income (including disguised remuneration).


  • Legal Information
  • Michael Ripley 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: 982748860

Supreme Court

Court of Appeal

High Court

  • Orbital Shopping Park Swindon Ltd, R (on the application of) v Swindon Borough Council & Anor [2016] EWHC 448 (Admin)

Upper Tribunal

First-tier Tribunal


“He is super bright and a good team player. Very detailed and forensic in his approach, he works easily with silks.” Chambers and Partners 2024

He is a very good barrister. His written advice is phenomenal – it’s clear, concise and convincing.” Chambers and Partners 2024

”Excellent and incisive written work, with a very calm and measured but effective style of advocacy.” Legal 500 2024 (Tax Junior)

”Michael’s written advocacy is extremely strong.” Legal 500 2024 (Tax Junior)

“Incredibly talented.” “Very bright.” Chambers and Partners 2018 (Tax Junior)

“Extremely bright and technically able.” Legal 500 2018 (VAT Junior)

“He is technically excellent and has great experience. Great to work with. He brings                 valuable insight in a practical, user-friendly way.” “Remains calm under pressure.
A first-rate junior.” Chambers and Partners 2017 (Tax Junior)

“His written work is well presented, while his advocacy is fluid and tenacious”. Legal 500        2017 (VAT Junior)

“He is technically brilliant and exceptionally good in advisory matters.” Chambers and            Partners 2016 (Tax Junior)

“Fantastic knowledge in the area combined with an easy manner.” Legal 500 2016 (VAT          Junior)

“Incredibly responsive, very user-friendly, and everything you would want in a counsel.           He  knows his stuff and is very pleasant to deal with” “noted for the soundness of his            advice and the superior quality of his advocacy.” Chambers and Partners 2015 (Tax                Junior)

“A future star of the Tax Bar. He has a first-class intellect and excellent client skills. He is particularly strong in cases with complex accountancy principles.” Chambers and    Partners 2014 (Up and Coming Tax Junior)

  • BVC at BPP London (Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Law conversion course at City University CPE (distinction) City
  • Associate Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW (2003-2007); ACA
  • History at Durham University BA (Hons) Dunelm

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