I am a solicitor but also a former fast stream civil servant, tax inspector, and policy adviser on corporation tax. I am also a CEDR accredited mediator. I help clients resolve complicated issues in relation to both direct and indirect tax disputes
I advise companies on disclosures to, and disputes with, HMRC, around employer taxes, excise duties, capital allowances, transfer pricing, controlled foreign companies rules, serious compliance failures, and so on. I also advise (on an emergency basis) companies who find themselves subjected to dawn raids by HMRC.
I advise HNW and professional individuals, such as lawyers, bankers and accountants, who are either subject to or caught up in civil enquiries, or COP 8, COP 9 and criminal investigations by HMRC, including advising at interviews under caution.
I also advise on tax-related judicial review claims and professional negligence claims against independent financial advisers, accountants and law firms.
The vast majority of matters in which I am engaged are settled without recourse to tribunals or courts, mediation also being an option. I have deep experience of tax litigation from the First-tier Tax Tribunal through to the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, including a number of very high value group litigation cases.
The demands of practice mean that I now only occasionally write and present in the UK and EU on cross border tax issues, on complex litigation, and on HMRC raids; but I occasionally post on the Fieldfisher 'Tax Deductions' Blog.
What others say…
[George] brings a thoughtful approach to litigation; he is always thinking about clients' interests and he's very measured and effective in his approach
[George is] extremely good with HMRC negotiations