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 KC
    Call: 1992  | Silk: 2012
    Lord Bellamy KC
    Call: 1968  | Silk: 1986
    Christopher Vajda KC
    Call: 1979  | Silk: 1997
    Melanie Hall KC
    Call: 1982  | Silk: 2002
    Paul Harris KC
    Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
    George Peretz KC
    Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
    Gerry Facenna KC
    Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
    Valentina Sloane KC
    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