Tax & duties

Monckton Chambers was “Chambers of the Year” and Melanie Hall QC “Silk of the Year” for Tax as awarded by Legal 500 UK  in 2018. Melanie Hall QC is also currently “Silk of the Year” as recognised by the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.

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.


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:

  • 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

Direct Tax

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Tax Avoidance
    • Including general Anti Abuse Rule
    • Residence and Domicile
    • Groups and Consortia
    • Transfer pricing
    • Employment taxes including PAYE and Social Security
    • Employment/ Self- employment status
    • Private Equity
    • Tax planning for businesses and individuals
    • Land Taxation
    • Stamp Taxes
    • International Taxation
    • European Law and Direct Tax
    • Human Rights and Direct Tax

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
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
Tarlochan Lall
Call: 2010
David Gregory
Call: 2014
Jack Williams
Call: 2015
Imogen Proud
Call: 2015
Harry Gillow
Call: 2017
Will Perry
Call: 2018
Alfred Artley
Call: 2018
Frank Mitchell SC
Call: 2010  | Silk: 2019