Overview

John has worked at Burges Salmon for nearly 25 years and is head of the firm's private client services team.

He provides tax advice to a wide-range of high-net worth individuals and many leading banks and other financial institutions. He has a particular focus on entrepreneurial clients, many of whom are not domiciled in the UK or have business or other interests abroad.

John chairs the CIOT’s main Technical Committee and is a member of the CIOT’s governing Council. He was a member of the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) panel that approved HMRC’s initial GAAR guidance.

He has led the CIOT's response on a large number of capital tax policy discussions with HMRC and HM Treasury since 2006 including in particular the domicile changes since 2008 and the statutory residence test.

Experience
  • Advising several private banks on their residence and domicile training programmes.
  • Advised Channel 4's Dispatches programme on tax matters.
  • Dealing with a detailed domicile enquiry from HMRC for a UHNW individual.
  • Advising Credit Suisse on its MACS solution.
  • Advising Resonance on the UK's first SITR Fund.

What others say...

He is sort of off the scale on UK tax from a technical perspective. If you have a really challenging point, he is very much a go-to person.
Chambers HNW 2020