George Gillham, Partner, Dispute Resolution
I help companies and individuals understand the nature of the tax-related problems they have, and I work with them to devise optimal solutions to those problems.
I practice primarily in the field of tax disputes and investigations. I am a solicitor but also a former fast stream civil servant, tax inspector, and policy adviser on corporation tax so I have experience of both sides of the tax 'fence'. I am also a CEDR accredited mediator.
I work across all industry sectors and all taxes. Part of my practice for corporate clients involves the use of litigation techniques to avoid litigation and achieve, instead, quick and effective settlements with HMRC. I have experience of disputes around employment taxation, transfer pricing, controlled foreign companies, capital allowances, VAT, and suspected serious tax fraud settlements under COP9, as well as settlements of multiple outstanding issues. I also advise (on an emergency basis) companies who find themselves subjected to dawn raids by HMRC.
As regards individuals, I advise HNWs and professionals, such as lawyers, bankers and accountants, who are either subject to or caught up in civil enquiries, COP 8, COP 9, or criminal investigations by HMRC, including advising at interviews under caution.
In addition, I advise on judicial review claims against HMRC; and on professional negligence claims against independent financial advisers, accountants and law firms in relation to tax advice they have given.
I have deep experience of tax litigation in all UK courts and tribunals, from the First-tier Tax Tribunal through to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice (CJEU), in particular in relation to the conduct of direct tax group litigation cases, but also in relation to disputes involving VAT, customs duties and other tax imposts.
I am ranked in the "Tax: Contentious" category in Chambers (2016 onwards); a client comments in the 2017 edition: "brings a thoughtful approach to litigation; he is always thinking about clients' interests and he's very measured and effective in his approach". I am also ranked in the UK Legal 500 (2015 onwards) for 'Tax Litigation and Investigations', being described in the 2017 edition as "extremely good with HMRC negotiations".
In my limited spare time I am usually to be found walking or reading novels.