"This 'go-to' set offers an excellent array of counsel, who are well acquainted with the law relating to all indirect tax issues. They particularly impress with their knowledge of human rights and EU law, 'they are the leaders in the field in this area'."

Chambers & Partners UK


Monckton Chambers can lay claim to having the largest team of indirect tax law specialists at the Bar, with an unrivalled breadth of experience.  Chambers routinely acts for both the taxpayer and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (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 the VAT & Duties Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and the European Court of Justice in dozens of leading cases.  Members also have experience of judicial review applications, for which Chambers' acknowledged expertise in both indirect taxation and public law is invaluable.


Please click on the links below for details of some of the many landmark VAT cases in which members of Chambers have acted:

Specific areas of expertise include:


  • Assessments and penalties
  • Exemptions and zero-rating
  • Input tax and partial exemption
  • Multiple/single supplies
  • Place of supply
  • Remedies, compound interest
  • Special schemes
  • Abusive practices
  • VAT-related judicial review
  • Vouchers, customer loyalty schemes
  • MTIC fraud



  • Charities
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Financial services and insurance
  • Food and catering
  • Health and welfare
  • Transport
  • Local authorities and public bodies
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications and e-commerce
  • Land and property



Members have acted in a wide range of other indirect tax cases such as:

  • Customs duties and related matters such as tariff classification, preferential customs treatments, inward/outward processing, community transit, tariff quota and all other customs procedures
  • Anti-dumping duty
  • Excise duties on alcoholic liquor, tobacco, hydrocarbon oil and related matters such as production, processing, holding, movement of excise goods; approval and registration of traders, warehousekeepers and tax warehouses
  • Insurance premium tax
  • Landfill tax
  • Climate change levy
  • Aggregates levy
  • Betting levies and
  • Stamp duty