Dr John Avery Jones CBE

Dr John Avery Jones CBE


    John Avery Jones has sat as a Judge in the Tax Tribunals for over 20 years – the latter 10 years on a full time basis. Over that time he has encountered and decided every conceivable tax dispute from small personal tax cases to the largest corporate tax disputes.

    He is available to act as Mediator or Arbitrator (sole or joint) and has Chaired Arbitration panels under the EU Arbitration Convention and under Tax Treaties, he has also acted as arbitrator in a private tax-related international arbitration.

    Information on Arbitration and Mediation/ADR services can be found here.

    A copy of John's privacy notice can be found here.



    Trinity College, Cambridge.

    Career history

    2009 – 2011 – Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber)

    2002-2009 – Special Commissioner of Income Tax

    2002-2009 – Chairman, VAT and Duties Tribunals

    1991-2001 – Deputy Special Commissioner of Income Tax

    1985 – 2001 Senior Partner, Speechley Bircham, Solicitors

    1970-1985 – Partner, Bircham & Co

    1966 – Admitted as Solicitor

    Academic posts/lectures

    Current lecturer on International Taxation, Leiden University

    1986-2009 – visiting Professor in tax law, London School of Economics

    Past lecturer, International Taxation, Vienna University of Economics

    2011 – Delivered the Klaus Vogel lecture to the Vienna University of Economics

    1997 – Delivered the David Tillinghurst lecture on International Taxation, New York University

    Committees & Editorial

    Member of the Steering Committee of the UK Tax Law Rewrite
    Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the British Tax Review

    Member of the Keith Committee on the Enforcement Powers of the Revenue Departments
    Chairman of the Tax Law Review Committee
    Chairman of the British Branch of IFA and Vice-President of the IFA Executive Committee
    President of the Institute (now Chartered Institute) of Taxation
    Member of the Editorial Board of Simon’s Taxes
    Chairman, Law Society’s Revenue Law Committee
    Member of Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies
    Member of the Meade Committee on the Structure of the Direct tax System
    Chairman (and member) of the Board of Trustees of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, Amsterdam
    International Consultant to the American Law Institute Project on International Aspects of US Income Taxation II
    Editor, British Tax Review