Hartley Foster, Partner, Head of Tax Disputes
I have specialised in contentious tax matters for over 18 years and have acted on nearly 50 reported tax cases, including 4 House of Lords cases and 4 references to the CJEU. 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 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, Observer, Telegraph and 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 34th editions); Tottel's Tax Investigations Service; and HMRC Investigations and Enquiries 2016/17.
Chambers recommends my group as one of the leading contentious practices: "They are completely undaunted by the scale of a dispute and are always up for the fight if that is what the client wants".