Aparna Nathan and Marika Lemos latest to defect from Gray’s Inn to Devereux

 In Devereux Chambers, Gray's inn Chambers

Aparna Nathan and Marika Lemos, formerly of Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, have joined the fast-growing specialist tax team at Devereux Chambers.

Aparna Nathan (called 1994, member of the Attorney General’s panel and a Chambers UK 2014 Top 100 Junior) undertakes all aspects of tax work, combining a high profile litigation practice with a strong advisory practice focusing on tax planning for high net worth individuals and commercial work.

Cases include:

Lord Howard of Henderskelfe (Deceased) v. HMRC;
Moyles & Others (Working Wheels Tax Avoidance) v. HMRC;
Chappell v. HMRC;
Berry v. HMRC;
Longborough Festival Opera v. CEC;
Wood v. Holden;
Laerstate v. HMRC;
Taylor and Haimendorf v. HMRC;
Skye Inns v. HMRC;
Bingham v. HMRC.

Marika Lemos (called 2002 and member of the Attorney General’s panel) specialises in all aspects of tax litigation (direct and indirect taxes) and advises on tax, focusing on private client tax and in the context of commercial litigation, trust and pensions disputes, Variation of Trust Act applications and professional negligence cases where tax is involved.

Some recent or notable cases in which she has appeared are:

Dalriada Trustees Limited v. David Alexander Faulds & others (2013) (with John Stephens: joined and substitution and application for permission to appeal in a case concerning trust issues and pensions and tax);
Dalriada Trustees Limited v. John Lawrence Woodward & others [2012] EWHC 21626 (Ch) (with Alan Steinfeld QC and John Stephens: a commercial case concerning inter alia pensions and tax);
Quayle v. Rothman Pantall & Co (2012) (with Richard Boulton QC: a claim concerning negligent advice relation to the availability of taper relief, limitation, deliberate concealment, scope of duty, etc.);
The Right Honourable Clifton Hugh Lancelot de Verdon Baron Wrottesley v. HMRC (2012) (application to set aside information notices; application for closure notice of 10-year long enquiry into domicile);
Andrew Berry v. HMRC [2011] UKUT 81 (with Aparna Nathan: concerning a tax avoidance scheme);
Société Royal Gardens et Compagnie & 138 Others v. The Mauritius Revenue Authority [2010] UKPC 11 (with Philip Baker QC: concerning the Mauritian GAAR);
Chiniah v. The Commissioner of Income Tax (Mauritius) [2007] UKPC 23 (with Philip Baker QC).

Commenting on Aparna Nathan’s and Marika Lemos’ arrival Timothy Brennan QC, the elected head of Devereux Chambers, said, ”Aparna and Marika add yet more strength to our junior members, particularly in what we offer in the areas of technical private client work and in litigation both in the tax tribunals and the Administrative Court.”

The highly regarded Devereux tax team has recently been bolstered by the recruitment of Felicity Cullen QC and Barrie Akin from Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, and Jolyon Maugham from 11 New Square.

Speaking about joining Devereux Chambers, Aparna Nathan and Marika Lemos (both of whom are listed in Who’s Who Legal: Private Client 2014) said:

“We are tremendously excited about adding our Private Client and other tax expertise to the rapidly expanding specialist tax team at Devereux Chambers. We, together with our new colleagues, are very much looking forward to reinforcing Devereux Chambers’ position as the “go to” set for all areas of tax advice as well as litigation”.

The question on everyone’s lips is – is there anyone else at Gray’s Inn who is intending to leave ? The hiring over the past 12 months has been a significant coup for Devereux and Timothy Brennan personally.

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