Emma Chamberlain OBE

Called: 1998

Emma Chamberlain OBE

Emma Chamberlain specialises in taxation and trust advice for private clients and charities. Her practice is centred around capital tax advice (including drafting) for high net worth private clients. In some circumstances Emma is able to accept instructions via Public Access.

Emma has recently written an article on the IHT changes to enveloped residential property. For the article please click here.

  • Career

    Admitted as a Solicitor, 1986

    Called, 1998

    Visiting Professor of Law at University of Oxford

  • Publications

    Emma has also written various articles on reforming IHT:

    Capital Taxes—Time for a Fresh Look?

    Current Note: A review of agricultural property relief and business property relief

    Co-author of “Trust Taxation & Estate Planning” (4th Edition), Sweet & Maxwell (Aug 2014) (please see S.T.E.P. review here). One reviewer noted: “I am confident that Winston Churchill would have forgiven me for misquoting him- albeit in context – when I say that never in the field of trust taxation was so much owed by so many to so few…this as is the case of all books produced by these two very clever lawyers, is a real tour de force.”

    Co-editor of “Dymond’s Capital Taxes”
    Co-author of “Pre-Owned Assets and Estate Planning (3rd Edition), Sweet and Maxwell, (2009) (click here for more information)
    Co-author of Mirrlees Report IFS “Wealth and Wealth Transfer taxes” OUP 2009
    Co-author of “Inheritance Tax Planning before 6th April 2008”, Sweet and Maxwell (2008)
    Contributor to “Current Issues in Succession Law” Hart Publishing 2016

    Emma also writes for a number of technical journals including:
    Taxation
    Tax Adviser
    Private Client Business

    British Tax Review (editorial board)

     

  • Memberships

    Member of the GAAR Advisory Panel

    Member of Tax Law Review Committee IFS

    Member of the advisory board of the Office of Tax Simplification- IHT Review

    Chair of Chartered Institute of Taxation – Chair of Succession Taxes Committee

    Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation & former Council member

    S.T.E.P. (Technical Committee)

    Chancery Bar Association

    Revenue Bar Association

    Member of the advisory board for the Resolution Foundation: Standard Life Foundation wealth project

     

  • Other

    In 2008, 2015 and 2017, she advised Treasury and HMRC on the major changes to foreign domiciliaries and on IHT residential property.

     

    She sat on the consultation group that assisted in devising the statutory residence test. This was finally implemented in April 2013.

  • The Chambers Guide says...

    Tax: Private Client
    Ranking: Star Individual

    An exceptionally well-known and highly respected tax junior with an impressive reputation for her handling of tax and trust advice. She is a particularly fine choice of counsel for offshore matters and is regularly trusted by high net worth individuals. Such is her standing that she was recently awarded an OBE for ‘services to government tax policy’. “The go-to person for technical advice on trusts and tax” and “simply the best in the private client sector.” “When positions are uncertain she has the ability to sit down and get matters agreed with the revenue. She really goes in to bat for you.” (2020)

    “Her particular expertise and skill is in the Inheritance Tax field and in non-domicile tax, which she is excellent at.” “She has a real insight into how the Revenue think and so she brings a really interesting and helpful take on things. She is not an aggressive advocate, but instead she is collaborative, which is winning for the judges because they will listen.” (2019)

    . . . “Remains the go-to person at the private client tax Bar. She has the ear of the HMRC and, where other barristers merely assert their opinion, she tells you what HMRC’s view really is.” “She is one of the best in the UK. She is very direct and you can really see the wood through the trees. She is very good at working through reams of complex detail and at co-ordinating all third parties, like lawyers and accountants, to work as a cohesive team.” (2018)

  • The Legal 500 says...

    Private Client: Personal tax
    Ranking: Leading Junior, Tier 1

    ‘Has a superb understanding of HMRC’s thinking and likelihood of challenge; strong technical knowledge, commercial and practical-minded advice.’ (2020)

    ‘She is extremely bright, practical and hardworking.’ (2019)

    ‘Pragmatic and very client-friendly.’ (2018)

  • Chambers and Partners HNW says...

    Tax: Private Client

    Ranking: Star Individuals

    Emma Chamberlain is a standout senior junior with a spectacular reputation for complex tax matters. “If I had to name one tax barrister who has an ironclad knowledge of her subject, it would be Emma,” says an instructing solicitor, adding: “Emma literally wrote the book on the issues on which we instructed her, and her working knowledge of how HMRC is responding at any given point in time is incredibly useful. Her relationship with them also lends her opinions an additional weight, in my view.” (2019)

    Emma Chamberlain “is a fantastic private client tax junior,” enthuses an interviewee. “I think she really is a superstar,” agrees a market insider. “Her particular expertise and skill is in the Inheritance Tax field and in non-domicile tax, which she is excellent at,” comments an observer, adding: “She is also ferociously intelligent.” “She has a real insight into how the Revenue think and so she brings a really interesting and helpful take on things,” says a barrister, adding: “She is not an aggressive advocate, but instead she is collaborative, which is winning for the judges because they will listen.” Another legal professional reports that “Emma’s ability to not just know the technical law, but to also know what HMRC is thinking from the inside is without equal.” (2018)

  • Previous events

    10 May 2018

    Longmark Tax Conferences Ltd Presents: London Private Client

     

    28 June 2018

    Informa Conference: Tax update for Foreign Doms and Non-Resident Clients

     

    09 May 2018 (Birmingham), 15 June 2018 (Leeds), 29 June 2018 (London)

    STEP UK Annual Tax Conference 2018

     

    07 September 2018

    CIOT- Annual Tax Conference

     

    28 March 2019

    Tax Update for Foreign Doms and Non-Resident Clients – SPRING EDITION

     

    09 May 2019

    Longmark Tax Conferences Ltd presents: The Annual London Private Client Tax Planning Conference.

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