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Farrer & Co | Robert Field, Partner

Practice areas

  • Tax

Robert brings his experience and expertise to bear on the tax issues facing individuals, businesses and institutions both in the UK and internationally.  His practice ranges from real estate and corporate transactional work, to advising on enquiries and investigations and other disputes with the Revenue authorities.  He is an experienced tax litigator, having managed a number of cases through the appeals process where compromise with HM Revenue and Customs has proved impossible.

Robert is head of the Firm's tax practice.  He and his team provide support for transactions being managed in other parts of the firm, as well as advising his own clients in relation to their tax affairs.  Increasingly this involves advising on the risk and reputation aspects of both private and commercial projects, as well as the technical issues that need to be addressed.  He works closely with other specialists from across the firm to deliver the results that clients are seeking.

Robert's experience ranges from start-up businesses to the internationally wealthy and their asset holding structures.  He has a particular interest in complex tax mitigation structures, particularly trust-based techniques such as Employee Benefit Trusts and Remuneration Trusts – both advising on them and (where necessary) managing appropriate disclosures to the Revenue and unwinding them.

Robert has many years of experience advising large, internationally known businesses and institutions including some of the UK's foremost universities, museums and galleries, and luxury brands.  Clients appreciate Robert's calm and authoritative approach, as well as his obvious technical expertise.

Expertise

  • Advising a well-known pet-related organisation in relation to a request for information under HMRC's data-gathering powers
       
    Advising a London art museum on its loan of a painting to an individual who had financed its acquisition
       
    Advising a well-known hedge fund manager in relation to five different disputes with HMRC – resolving them all and securing a repayment of tax in the process.
    • Garsington Opera Ltd v HMRC (2009 UKFTT 77) – First Tier VAT appeal
    • Boyer Allan Investment Services Ltd v HMRC (2012 UKFTT 558) – First Tier employee benefit trust case
    • Forde & McHugh Ltd v HMRC (2014 UKSC 14) – Supreme Court NIC case
    • Amalgamated Metals Corporation v HMRC (2017 UKFTT 705) – First Tier corporation tax appeal

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