Branch Austins contentious tax practice brings together barristers, solicitors, chartered tax advisers, and accountants. Together, we deliver a cohesive, considered and effective approach to advising and representing clients through all stages of a dispute.
We act on a wide range of domestic and international tax disputes, advising multinational corporations on various corporation tax disputes with HMRC. This includes acting in all but one of the Group Litigation Orders (GLOs) challenging various elements of the UK’s tax legislation as being contrary to EU law.
Transfer pricing disputes are a further area of expertise; we are experienced at dealing with HMRC enquiries and investigations and have been active in the highest profile and value transfer pricing disputes of recent years, including those involving Diverted Profits Tax. This is an area on we have been advising since its introduction and we are proficient at reaching settlements with HMRC, including in obtaining significant penalty reductions.
We are trusted by clients across all sectors to handle all forms of direct and indirect tax disputes and compliance matters, including:
• Contentious business tax and personal tax issues
• Civil and criminal tax fraud proceedings
• Information exchange, treaty disputes and other cross-border issues
• Prevention of liabilities in connection with the corporate criminal tax offences and related penalty regimes
• Tax related professional negligence and mis-selling claims
• Tax warranty and indemnity claims and other commercial tax disputes
• Third party compliance with tax investigations and penalty regimes
Our team also represents entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses on sensitive or difficult tax disputes as well as high net worth individuals facing enquiries and criminal investigations. We work to resolve tax disputes through proactive cooperation and engagement with HMRC, resulting in a constructive working relationship, which enables us to deliver positive outcomes for clients.
We can draw on experience from all areas of the domestic court and tribunal system, from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court. We have also represented clients in numerous references to the Court of Justice of the European Union and in high-value, business-critical tax disputes in foreign jurisdictions. We pride ourselves on our track record of delivering consistently strong outcomes for our clients.