Tax investigations and disputes


At a time when the tax affairs of both companies and individuals have never been under greater scrutiny, we offer the highest standard of technical advice in an increasingly complex area. But, just as crucially, we are focused on delivering practical advice in order to achieve the most effective result in the most efficient manner.

We provide this support throughout the life of an investigation but can also assist before an investigation is started, whether by considering how transactions are executed, assessing the risks to which a company could be exposed or even managing exactly how a taxpayer's tax position is communicated to HMRC. Such early actions can often avoid an investigation in the first place.

The breadth of our corporate, regulatory and compliance practices, allied with our industry knowledge and experience of those who have previously worked within HMRC, means that we can offer our clients unparalleled support in dealing with all forms of tax disputes and investigations. Meanwhile our extensive network of global contacts ensures that we can call upon precisely the right expertise to manage our clients' risk wherever it may arise.

Given that dealing with HMRC is a fact of life, a measure of our success is not just in securing a successful result - typically without the expense of litigation - but that we do so whilst preserving and even enhancing our clients' relationships with HMRC.


  • "...provides 'clear, concise and balanced advice' drawing on 'excellent industry knowledge'."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "Macfarlanes LLP 'understands the needs of the client', and has 'excellent commercial sense'."

    The UK Legal 500 2011