George is a commercial barrister specialising in tax disputes, professional negligence and insolvency. He combines heavy-weight advocacy experience with in-depth tax and commercial knowledge. In the field of tax he regularly advises on VAT, IHT, CGT, employment-related taxes, and penalties. His professional negligence practice has a particular focus on claims against accountants, tax advisors and IFAs. He also has a growing specialism in insolvency and directors’ misfeasance cases, especially where there is a tax dimension such as a failed tax avoidance scheme.
George commenced his career in-house with HMRC before moving to independent practice. He has been a member of the Attorney-General’s Regional Panel of Counsel since 2008 and appears for and against HMRC and other Government departments.
George is a contributing editor of Simon’s Taxes and co-author of Tax Penalties (Sweet & Maxwell, Practitioner Tax Library, 2017).
George has been rated as a Leading Junior in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Chambers & Partners says: “George provided detailed yet considered advice in relation to complex arrangements being scrutinised by HMRC” and “George was most approachable and worked with us in developing the strategy to defend the arrangements and seek settlement.”; Legal 500 says he is: “practical, pragmatic and puts clients at ease, excellent at tax and developing a specialism in professional negligence in tax-related cases.” (see Recommendations for details).