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I have experience advising on a range of direct and indirect taxation disputes. I work with all industry sectors, and both companies and private individuals.

I have particular expertise advising on employment related taxation issues (including IR35, employment status for tax and PAYE) and private client taxation issues (including residence, domicile and remittance related disputes).

I am a member of Fieldfisher's specialist IR35 team.

In addition, I have extensive experience advising on complex and high value professional negligence claims relating to tax.  I am a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.
My recent and current cases include:

  • Desmond Higgins and the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2019] EWCA Civ 1860. A case concerning the meaning of the ‘period of ownership’ for principal private residence relief from capital gains tax.
  • Acting for an ultra-high net worth individual in relation to a professional negligence claim against a national accountancy firm, as regards incorrect personal tax advice.
  • Advising an international company on a multi-million pound employment status for tax dispute, concerning the status of several hundred off-payroll workers under PAYE rules and tax at stake in excess of £50m.
  • Representing a media personality in relation to an IR35 dispute.
  • Acting for a high net worth individual in relation to a voluntary disclosure of tax irregularities to HMRC and associated litigation. 

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 a proven ability to provide clear concise advice that is understandable and intelligible to both legal and non-legal audiences. I have been praised for providing "grounded, nuanced, realistic" and "focused" advice.

What others say…

Matthew Sharp – he is impressive on the technical and factual detail and very responsive. A pleasure to work with, as he combines technical ability with common sense and good judgment. Straightforward about what he needs from his team (including counsel).

Legal 500 2022

Matthew Sharp works with a range of clients on contentious tax matters. "He is very easily contactable and is on top of all of the details.

Chambers 2022

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