Our commercial tax litigation team is led by partners David Pickstone, Darren Kidd and James Le Gallais. We are leaders in tax-related commercial litigation, combining deep technical tax expertise with vast experience and capability in commercial disputes.
We have unrivalled experience advising and acting for investors (both as individuals and large groups) in failed tax-incentivised investments. Schemes we have advised on include Ingenious Film Partners, Inside Track, Invicta 43, Scotts Atlantic Distributors, Eclipse and Zeus. We identify and pursue claims against professional advisers, scheme promoters and financial institutions. Where appropriate, these include claims in fraud and/or conspiracy.
We also act for clients in:
- Professional negligence actions against tax advisers whose advice falls below the reasonable standard of care
- Disputes between commercial parties as to tax liabilities and refunds arising in the supply chain (this arises most often in relation to VAT and environmental taxes such as landfill tax and aggregate levy)
- Tax deed/warranty disputes, such as disputes in respect of pre-completion accounts, tax refunds and tax assessments
We have significant experience in putting in place innovative funding arrangements. The use of third party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enables our clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.
"Stewarts stands out for its wealth of experience and strong team of very impressive lawyers"The Legal 500
"Led by the very client-friendly, responsive and knowledgeable David Pickstone, the practice has been representing individual contributors to tax mitigation schemes in defending them against the HMRC and in claims against the promoters of such schemes"The Legal 500
Meet the Tax Litigation and Investigations team
Our specialist team is described by The Legal 500 as standing out for “its wealth of experience and strong team of very impressive lawyers”.