George Rowell

Call 2004

"Always ten steps ahead."

The Legal 500 2020
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Practice Overview

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 is very knowledgeable and experienced. He advises in a thorough yet practical fashion, giving advice on the best way forward in cases” and “His first written advice was very comprehensive and was used through the whole case.’; Legal 500 says: “Always ten steps ahead.” (see Recommendations for details).