I am a solicitor specialising in helping clients resolve complicated issues in relation to both direct and indirect tax disputes. I am aided in my ability to do so by the fact that I am a former fast stream civil servant, Inland Revenue tax inspector, and policy adviser on corporation tax. I am also a CEDR accredited mediator.
I advise companies on disclosures to, and disputes with, HMRC, around employer taxes, excise duties, capital allowances, cross border tax restrictions, 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 on 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 other demands of practice allowing, I write book chapters, articles in the specialist press, and posts on tax-related issues for the Fieldfisher 'Insights' section; and I occasionally present in the UK and EU on cross border tax issues and on complex tax litigation.
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