Our trainer advises on all areas of revenue law, both corporate and personal, but has a particular interest in corporate tax matters including, acquisitions and disposals, reconstructions and demergers, MBOs, returning capital to shareholders, s425 schemes, SDLT, stamp duty and SDRT.
He has a special expertise in the taxation of insolvent companies, members' voluntary liquidations (including s110 schemes) and bankruptcy, and lectures regularly to R3 and is a member of the R3/HMRC liaison group which meet regularly to discuss issues of conflict between insolvency law and tax law. Over the years he has been involved in advising on the tax aspects of some of the UK's major insolvencies including Maxwell, Pollypeck, BCCI, Olympia and York, Mayflower, ITVdigital, MFI, Allied Carpets, Borders, Farepak and Lehman Bros. He is a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (FABRP) having passed the JIEB examinations.
Following his call to the bar by Middle Temple in 1986 and pupillage in insolvency chambers (3/4 South Square) where he was pupil to the late Gabriel Moss QC and tax chambers (Pump Court) he joined Paisner & Co (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) before moving on to Allen & Overy. In 1993 he joined Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and then in 1996 Deloitte, where he was made a corporate tax partner in 1999.
In 2008, fearing he would be found dead in his hutch under a pile of budgets, appraisals and forecasts he returned to the Bar and joined Temple Tax Chambers.