Andrew Thornhill QC

Andrew Thornhill practises in all areas of tax but with special emphasis on Schedule E employee remuneration, share schemes, inheritance tax/capital gains tax planning and litigation.


Called 1969, Middle Temple

Pump Court Tax Chambers 1969 to date

QC 1985

Formerly recorder Western Circuit

Recent cases

Laird v CIR (House of Lords)

Eversden v CIR (Court of Appeal)

Dextra Accessories v MacDonald (Court of Appeal)

Optos (Special Commissioners)


Potter & Monroe’s Tax Planning with Precedents 4th - 7th Editions

Passing Down the Family Business/the Family Farm

Contributor to Gore-Brown on Companies and Kerr on Receivers


Revenue Bar Association


London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association


Clifton College

Corpus Christi College, Oxford

The Chambers Guide says...

Corporate Tax
Ranking: Leading Silks; Band 1

Receives praise for his strategic approach to the more complicated tax matters. He is particularly good at handling corporate tax work relating to the taxation of employee benefit trusts. "A serious option for the 'impossible' case." (2014)

Andrew Thornhill QC is a "highly imaginative" advocate, who is an expert on employee benefit trusts and is well known for his advice on the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations (2013)

Andrew Thornhill QC also deals with corporate tax, particularly matters involving employee benefit trusts. Described as "a measured, smooth and relaxed advocate who only takes good points and thinks about them carefully", he has been involved in corporate tax matters across a wide range of issues (2012)

Clients say Andrew Thornhill QC is "outstanding for judicial review and unafraid to give firm advice". He is the head of chambers, whilst also negotiating a broad practice that takes in share schemes, Schedule E employee remuneration, and the tax treatment of UK property transactions purchased using offshore vehicles. He is well known as a "superb heavy hitter against the Revenue" (2011)

The Legal 500 says...

Tax: Corporate and VAT
Ranking: Corporate Tax: Leading Silk (2014)

'An excellent advocate with an in-depth understanding of the subject matter' (2014)

Andrew Thornhill QC's corporate tax practice focuses on employee benefit trusts' (2012)

Andrew Thornhill QC is 'exceptional for advice and excellent in court' (2011)

Private Client: Personal Tax
Ranking: Leading Silk (2014)

'Without doubt one of the most learned and experienced tax counsel in the UK' (2014) 

'Gets to the heart of the matter and focuses on solutions' (2013)

Andrew Thornhill QC is recommended (2012)

Andrew Thornhill is 'technically and personally very gifted' and 'pre-eminent in the field' (2011)

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Andrew Thornhill  QC

Called 1969
QC 1985
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