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Joseph Howard

What Clients Say

"Hugely persuasive advocate...really turned things around when it seemed the case was already pre-decided."

"Complete mastery of the facts...made the lay client feel absolutely confident and at ease."

"Superb attention to detail without losing focus on the bigger picture."

Recent Cases

Alway Sheet Metal Ltd, Praze Consultants Ltd, JC McCahill Ltd v Revenue and Customs [2017] (INCOME TAX/CORPORATION TAX)

Counsel acted for the taxpayers in this key case on the deductibility of contributions to remuneration type trusts, which established that such contributions were not potential emoluments restricted by section 43 FA 1989, and that the deductibility of such contributions made by a company was a question of fact best established by the evidence of those in control of the company at the time of the contribution.

Crest Nicholson (Wainscott) v Revenue and Customs (STAMP DUTY : Land tax) [2017] UKFTT 134 (TC) (01 February 2017)

Counsel successfully represented the Appellant companies in relation to the highly technical company law points arising from the implementation of an SLDT avoidance transaction (the planning failed for other reasons).


Joseph Howard called 2006

Joseph advises and litigates in respect of all aspects of UK direct and indirect taxation including income, corporation, capital gains and inheritance taxes, VAT, customs duties, stamp duties and NICs.

Joseph acts exclusively for the taxpayer, appears regularly in court, and gives advice and representation in respect of all types of disputes with HMRC including tax investigations, enquiries and settlement negotiations, he also assists with all types of applications and appeals in the Tribunals and higher courts.

He frequently gives both accountants and solicitors pre- and post-implementation advice on all forms of tax planning in the UK and other jurisdictions, ranging from advising small and medium sized businesses, to private clients with UK and offshore arrangements, to banks, financial institutions and multinational companies. His background in sophisticated tax structuring combined with his litigation and investigations experience allows him to add considerable value to planning proposals, including providing clients with rigorous technical analysis, practical implementation advice, and advance warning of future challenges based on the approach HMRC is currently taking in its challenges to existing planning arrangements.

Joseph has experience in all of Chambers areas of practice

Joseph also has a wide ranging knowledge of company, partnership, chancery and insolvency law, which his clients find invaluable as it often allows him to bring a fresh perspective to the client's tax issues.

Details of Joseph's company, chancery and insolvency practice see be seen here.

Education and background

Joseph read law at Cambridge University and took a masters degree (LLM) in tax law at KCL before being called to the Bar in 2006 by Gray's Inn (as a Prince of Wales Scholar). He trained as a pupil in the Chambers of John Gardiner QC before joining the 'magic circle' law firm Allen & Overy as in-house barrister. He later joined the No.1 ranked tax disputes and investigations team at McGrigors LLP as in-house barrister where he was involved in a number of high profile cases.

Qualifications and professional associations:

  • MA (Cantab); LLM (Tax) (Lond.);
  • Member of the Revenue Bar Association


  • Contributing Editor: Simon's Taxes (Capital Gains Tax divisions);
  • Reviewing Editor for CCH Red Books;
  • Regular contributor to tax publications including Taxation, Tax Journal and Private Client Business.