"a natural advocate with a good eye for an argument"
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Jolyon Maugham QC
Year of Call 1997 Silk 2015

Jolyon has a predominantly litigation based practice in the fields of direct and indirect tax. He has particular expertise in avoidance, structured finance, intangible property, tax and judicial review, and employment taxation.

Important recent cases include:

Eclipse Film Partners No 35 [2015] EWCA Civ 95

Vaccine Research Limited Partnership [2014] UKUT 389 (TCC)

Icebreaker [2014] UKFTT 416 (TC)

Eclipse Film Partners No 35 v HMRC [2014] EWCA Civ 184

Patrick Degorce [2013] UKFTT 178 (TC)

R (oao Cameron) v HMRC [2012] EWHC 1174 (Admin) 

Eclipse Film Partners No 35 LLP [2012] UKFTT 270 TC

Lower Mill Estate [2011] STC 636 (UT)

Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logsitics Limited v HMRC [2011] STC 576

Proteus and Samarkand [2011] UKFTT 610 (TC) (FTT)

Halcyon [2010] STC 1125 (CA)

Micro Fusion [2010] STC 1541 (CA)

Prudential v HMRC (CA) [2009] STC 2459 

Fleming [2008] STC 324 (HL)

Jolyon took Silk in 2015. In January 2016, The Lawyer featured him as one of only 10 members at the Bar in their 'Hot 100 2016', which lists those lawyers regarded as the best in the business.

He is regularly invited to comment on tax issues by quality broadsheets (Financial Times, the Times, Guardian), magazines (News Statesman, Tax Journal, the Lawyer) and TV (BBC's Panorama, Channel 4's Dispatches). 

Jolyon is a graduate of the University of Durham (LLB: European Legal Studies, First Class) and Birkbeck College, London (MA: Modern Literature, Distinction) and is a Queen Mother’s Scholar (Middle Temple). Jolyon has sat on the Bar Council's Equality and Diversity Committee for a number of years. Jolyon lectures and writes widely on tax policy matters.


    A young silk with a practice centred on cases involving tax avoidance, intangible property and employment tax amongst others. He is noted for his prominent public profile and the extensive advisory work he undertakes for major bodies. "He takes on board the commercial environment in which we're operating, and his technical analysis is exceptional." Acted for Eclipse Film Partners against the Revenue in a case on sideways loss relief. - Tax, Chambers UK 2016

    "Able to master complex facts very quickly and disseminate them in a practical fashion." - Tax: Corporate, Legal 500 2015

    "... having “a litigation focused practice which ‘continues to impress’. Clients describe him as ‘very good in court’ and ‘extremely well thought of’. - Who’s Who Legal (Corporate Tax)

    His practice is focused on litigation relating to direct and indirect tax. He often acts for clients involved in cases concerning schemes, intangible property, film financing and employment tax. Expertise: "He has a first-class brain and an impressive ability to explain complex tax law in simple terms." Recent work: He represented the taxpayer in the Icebreaker litigation concerning £300 million of unpaid income tax owed by 500 investors, including members of Take That. - Tax, Chambers UK 2015

    "A natural advocate with a good eye for an argument"- Tax:Corporate, Legal 500 2014

    Enjoys a healthy reputation in the market for the way in which he handles complicated tax disputes. His practice focuses on issues of avoidance, structured finance and employment tax. Expertise: “He is an excellent tax litigator, a good strategist and someone who is very easy to work with.” Recent work: He led the representation of Ice-breaker Members Action Group in a case involving over £300 million of tax losses. – Tax, Chambers UK 2014

    "Good strategist and excellent tax litigator" - Tax, Legal 500 2013

    A "forceful and persuasive advocate whose practice is going from strength to strength". Jolyon is an expert on employee/employer tax relations and legitimate expectation, amongst other subjects. Recently, he has been involved in legal affairs relating to the Icebreaker tax scheme. - Tax, Chambers UK 2013

    "Able to explain complex factual and legal issues in an intelligible and persuasive way" - Tax, Legal 500 2012

    International Tax Review included Jolyon Maugham QC as one of the Tax Controversy Leaders for the UK in 2015 and 2014, based on recommendations from tax lawyers as well as directors and CFOs from multinationals.

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    Jolyon has a predominantly litigation based practice in the fields of direct and indirect tax. He has particular expertise in
    avoidance, structured finance, intangible property, tax and judicial review, and employment taxation.


Memberships & Associations

Revenue Bar Association

Advisory Board of the Intergenerational Foundation (IF)

Awards & Scholarships

Queen Mother's Scholar, Middle Temple


LLB European Legal Studies (Durham and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), First; MA Birkbeck, Distinction

Additional Information

Jolyon writes a regular blog on tax related matters. To read it click here.