Tax Disputes, Controversy & Investigations for Inward Investors
Osborne Clarke LLP
HMRC and tax authorities around the world continue to be under increasing pressure to collect more tax and to clamp down on tax avoidance and profit shifting. In the UK this change in attitude by HMRC has been accompanied by challenging changes in public perceptions around business in general and specifically around tax matters.
The UK tax authority, empowered with more data delivered by improved technology and information exchange with other tax authorities around the world, increasingly takes a hard line in tax disputes, which requires an experienced team to help taxpayers to resolve the issues.
Our tax disputes and investigations team is regarded as one of the finest in the UK and is well placed to assist those who are trying to understand the tax landscape in the UK and how best to navigate it. Life at the interface of corporate and personal investment activity, business critical operations, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings and the rules relating to both direct and indirect cross-border taxes can appear to be confusing, even for the most seasoned operators and investors. Our tax investigations and disputes team has market leading breadth and depth of experience in resolving such complexity and helping client obtain the best results.
Ian Hyde leads the team and has over 30 years’ experience across a range of tax issues, specialising in managing tax risk, tax disputes and tax litigation. Ian represents clients from internet platforms to banks and national retailers in tax disputes and mediation, in all the courts from the Tax Tribunal to the Supreme Court and the European Court. Ian advises on disputes across all direct and indirect taxes and has a particular interest in the digital economy, transfer pricing and cross border issues. Ian also regularly advises on the Criminal Finances Act and other regulatory compliance issues. Ian is a CEDR accredited mediator and sits as a part time judge in the Tax Tribunal.
Ian and his team bring a unique understanding of HMRC to the advantage of our clients, resulting in more efficient handling of HMRC enquiries and, for those who have any irregularities, minimising unnecessary tax, interest and penalties and, in the most serious cases, avoiding criminal investigation and the confiscation of assets. We act for the full spectrum of clients from multinational corporations and funds to individuals, private family offices and entrepreneurs.
For inward investors in all sectors of the UK economy, and indeed any economy, tax rules continue to evolve sometimes unpredictably, so it is essential that experts of the highest calibre are retained on tax and tax disputes so that hurdles can be overcome risks managed effectively.
The prestigious law directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, contain these quotes about Ian and his team from clients of ours:
‘This is a tightly-focused team, able to deliver in relation to tax disputes and advisory matters across all taxes. Great at collaborating and innovative in relation in particular to disputes work and Alternative Dispute Resolution with HMRC.’
‘Ian Hyde in particular is a standout individual. He is a part-time tribunal judge and CEDR-accredited mediator as well, so he has real insight to offer in terms of dispute resolution with HMRC and how a court or tribunal might view any given case. He is personable and efficient, as well as being a technical expert.’
‘Ian Hyde combines technical knowledge with a real feel for litigation.’
‘The team is very technically able, friendly and commercial.
For further advice and assistance please contact:
020 7993 4255