Philip Walford

Called 2003

Philip advises on all major taxes including corporation tax, income tax, capital gains and VAT, as well as some more specialist taxes such as petroleum revenue tax. Particular areas have included structured finance and repo transactions, double taxation, life assurance taxation, tax arbitrage, oil and gas, and inheritance tax. Philip’s work ranges from high-value cases involving hundreds of millions of pounds to small matters where some principle is at stake. He appears at all levels in the courts, from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court.

Philip is a member of the Revenue Bar Association and a scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. Prior to being called to the Bar, Philip spent a year as an analyst in the corporate finance division of UBS Warburg.

Philip was educated at Westminster School, London, and Merton College, Oxford, where he read mathematics and was awarded a postmastership (scholarship), and also City University, London. MMath (Oxon); Dip Law (City).

Some directory quotes from Chambers and Partners:

“He has a concise and punchy written style, and he is brilliant on contentious matters.” (2016)  “An expert in both direct and indirect tax who is especially adept at advising clients with regard to corporation tax. Other areas of special expertise include statutory construction tax issues relating to the oil and gas industry.” (2015)  “He’s very bright, easy to work with and approachable.” (2014)  “[A]nother popular choice for clients with corporation tax problems. He is particularly adept at counselling on statutory matters, and at guiding individuals and companies through complex disputes.” (2013)  “The ‘gifted and client-friendly,’ Philip Walford continues to impress clients as a top junior.” (2012)  “[Philip] has impressed the market with his performances in major cases, in many of which he has acted as junior to John Gardiner QC.” (2011)  “The ‘incredibly smart’ Philip Walford impresses clients with his strong profile”. (2010)


Administration of Estates: Post-death Tax Planning – Deeds of Variation and Disclaimers.

Legal Information

Philip Walford has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (of 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST) subject to the terms of cover: see
VAT number: 848875362

Lehman Administrators v HMRC (High Court)

Union Castle v HMRC (First-tier)

P&O v HMRC (Court of Appeal)

Biffa (Jersey) Ltd v HMRC (First-tier)

HMRC v First Nationwide (Court of Appeal)

Land Securities plc v HMRC (Upper Tribunal)

Scottish Widows plc v HMRC (Supreme Court)

HMRC v DCC Holdings (Supreme Court)

Talisman Energy v HMRC (First-tier)

Johnston Publishing v HMRC (Court of Appeal)

Ford Motor Company v HMRC (Court of Appeal)

HMRC v Bank of Ireland Britain Holdings (Court of Appeal)

Barclays Bank Pension Fund v HMRC (Court of Appeal)

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