Devereux Chambers attracts Jonathan Fisher QC
Devereux Chambers has expanded its pool of tax specialists with the arrival of Jonathan Fisher QC. Jonathan Fisher is especially well known for his work in tax and finance cases involving avoidance and evasion issues, investigations, money laundering compliance in the corporate and regulated sectors and asset forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Much of his work involves cross-border transactions and he has gained significant experience handling international mutual assistance issues. His combined civil and criminal expertise in the field of tax investigations, money laundering, corporate crime, fraud and financial services regulation will be an asset to Chambers.
Speaking about Jonathan Fisher’s arrival, Colin Edelman QC, Head of Chambers, said, “Jonathan is an accomplished practitioner who brings with him a wealth of expertise in the complex fields of tax, finance and corporate regulatory work, which will both complement and enhance our thriving commercial and tax practices. We are delighted to welcome him on board to work alongside our established tax silks, Timothy Brennan QC and Ingrid Simler QC.”
Commenting on his move Jonathan Fisher QC said “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to expand my practice in tax and regulatory cases in a commercially sensitive environment. Interaction between business and the enforcement authorities (such as HMRC, FSA, SOCA, SFO, OFT and HSE) has become an everyday feature of commercial life. In tax cases, the Government threatens robust civil and criminal deterrents for ‘non-compliance’ alongside greater disclosure requirements, whilst the corporate and financial services sector continues to be exposed to an ever expanding battery of civil, regulatory and criminal weapons. Devereux Chambers is the perfect base from which to develop my practice in these areas, with its established reputation for high quality tax litigation and commercial work”.
Devereux Chambers, which is undergoing an exciting period of growth and expansion, undertakes major tax cases such as the recent decisions of the Court of Appeal in R (Prudential plc) v Special Commissioner and R (Davies and James, Gaines-Cooper) v HM Revenue and Customs (in which a total of 5 members of Chambers were engaged). Members of Chambers appear both for taxpayers and for the Crown and other regulatory authorities. The addition of Jonathan Fisher’s practice reinforces Devereux Chambers’ position as a commercially astute set; recognising changes in market demands, reviewing the service offering and continually evolving to meet clients’ needs.