John has worked at Burges Salmon for over 20 years and is head of the firm's private client services department.

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 chaired the CIOT’s Capital Gains Tax sub-committee from 2006 to 2014 and since then has been 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.

John has been named in eprivateclient’s 50 Most Influential every year since 2014.

  • 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