Hartley Foster, Partner, Dispute Resolution
I have specialised in contentious tax matters for over thirteen years and have acted on over 40 reported tax cases, including three House of Lords cases and three references to the ECJ. I focus on the technical and tactical management of enquiries by HMRC, and I use my litigious experience to negotiate with and pressurise HMRC into conceding issues and agreeing settlements. My experience also includes setting up and managing Group Litigation Orders and devising EU law based tax planning structures.
I am a member of the International Tax Sub-Committee of the Law Society, the VAT Practitioners Group, the Tax Practitioners Group and the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates.
I am a regular conference speaker and contributor to a number of publications; I write and speak particularly on the tax appeals system and international tax law. I am regularly asked by the media to comment on tax matters. My comments have been published in many newspapers, including the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, International Herald Tribune, Mail on Sunday, Observer, Telegraph, Times, as well as in a number of trade publications, including Accountancy Age, European Lawyer, The Lawyer, Legal Week, and the New Law Journal.
I have had interviews broadcast on the BBC, BBC Radio 4, Bloomberg, CNN, and CNBC Europe. I regularly write in tax periodicals, particularly Tax Journal (for which I have written over 30 articles). My publications also include (amongst many others): Revenue Law; Principles and Practice (21st to 29th editions); Tottel's Tax Investigations Service; and HMRC Investigations and Enquiries 2011/12.
Chambers UK 2015 describes me as "immensely experienced" and an "incredibly safe pair of hands"