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Tax & duties

Monckton Chambers was “Chambers of the Year” and Melanie Hall QC “Silk of the Year” for Tax as recognised by the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019-2020. She was also “Silk of the Year” for Tax as awarded by Legal 500 UK in 2018-19 who short-listed her as “Silk of the Year” for Tax 2020-2021 and ranked her as a “star individual” in 2021.

Monckton Chambers can lay claim to having the largest team of indirect tax law specialists at the Bar, with an unrivalled breadth of experience and expertise. Chambers routinely acts for both the taxpayer and HMRC and one of our greatest strengths is our ability to put together the right teams for the right cases.

Members combine specialist knowledge of Value Added Tax (VAT) and other indirect taxes with extensive expertise in EU, human rights and public law, which have for many years formed the bedrock of our reputation for excellence.

Monckton Chambers has been a market leader in EU law for decades, the tax team being no exception. They are therefore ideally placed to navigate clients through EU Relations law and the immediate, medium and long-term impact which Brexit will have on VAT and customs duties.


Members of Monckton Chambers have represented taxpayers and HMRC in dozens of leading cases, many of them in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Justice.

Members have extensive experience of judicial review applications, for which Chambers’ acknowledged expertise in both indirection taxation and public law is invaluable.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • EU Relations law
  • Assessments and penalties
  • Exemptions and zero-rating
  • Input tax and partial exemption
  • Multiple/single supplies
  • Place of supply
  • Remedies, repayment and restitution of overpaid VAT and compound interest
  • Special schemes
  • Abusive practices
  • VAT-related judicial review
  • Vouchers, customer loyalty schemes
  • MTIC fraud
  • Crypto-currencies
  • VAT Groups
  • Charities
  • Local authorities
  • Property
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • European Court procedure

Customs Duties

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Tariff classification
  • Preferential customs treatment
  • Inward/outward processing
  • Community transit
  • Tariff quota

Excise duties

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Alcoholic liquor
  • Tobacco
  • Hydrocarbon oil
  • Other related matters such as;
    • Production
    • Processing
    • Holding
    • Movement of excise goods
    • Approval and registration of traders, warehouse keepers and tax warehouses.

Environmental & Other Taxes

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Aggregates Levy
  • Air Passenger duty
  • Anti-dumping duty
  • Climate change levy
  • Landfill Tax

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Tax & duties barristers

Philip Moser QC
Call: 1992  | Silk: 2012
Sir Christopher Bellamy QC
Call: 1968  | Silk: 1986
Christopher Vajda QC
Call: 1979  | Silk: 1997
Melanie Hall QC
Call: 1982  | Silk: 2002
Paul Harris QC
Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
George Peretz QC
Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
Gerry Facenna QC
Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
Valentina Sloane QC
Call: 2000  | Silk: 2019
Andrew Macnab
Call: 1986
Peter Mantle
Call: 1989
Raymond Hill
Call: 1992
Ben Rayment
Call: 1996
Eric Metcalfe
Call: 1999
Brendan McGurk
Call: 2004
Philip Woolfe
Call: 2004
Ewan West
Call: 2006
David Gregory
Call: 2014
Jack Williams
Call: 2015
Imogen Proud
Call: 2015
Harry Gillow
Call: 2017
Will Perry
Call: 2018
Alfred Artley
Call: 2018