George Rowell

Call 2004

"George is a really impressive barrister, his knowledge of law is incomparable, and he is never anything other than 100% impeccably prepared. Remarkably, he is also highly pragmatic and commercially-minded, which is very rare indeed in combination with such an academic mind, so he really offers the best of both worlds."

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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 was a member of the Attorney-General’s Regional Panel of Counsel between 2008 and 2021 and regularly appeared for HMRC and other Government departments. He recently decided not to apply to renew his membership of the Panel, so as to concentrate on representing businesses, directors, trustees and private clients.

George is co-author of a division of Simon’s Taxes and Tax Penalties: A Practioner’s Guide (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn 2019).