Jeremy White

Called: 1976

Jeremy White

Jeremy White’s practice covers advice and litigation in both civil and criminal matters regarding international trade and Customs & Excise law. He specializes in trade barriers and trade preference, especially when involving classification, origin, customs valuation and other technical issues. He has been instructed to represent clients in disputes with the Customs Authorities of Belgium, Cameroon, Ireland, India, Kenya, Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the UK.

Landmark cases have included Terex C-430/08, Pace C-288/09 and Invamed C-198/15

Jeremy is qualified to accept Public Access instructions.

  • Career

    Called 1976 (Gray’s Inn)

    1977-83: Barrister, 7 Fountain Court, Birmingham

    1983-96: Solicitor’s Office, HM Customs & Excise

    1996-2000: Senior lawyer, KPMG (led team specialising in indirect tax investigations, litigation, disclosure and risk management)

    2000-01: Senior lawyer, KLegal solicitors (responsible for firm’s trade and customs practice in the UK)

    2001-present: Barrister, Pump Court Tax Chambers

  • Publications

    Consultant editor of Tolley’s Customs and Excise Duties Handbook since 2001

    Consultant editor of Halsbury’s Laws since 2007

    Regular contributor to De Voil Indirect Tax Intelligence


  • Memberships

    CIOT Indirect Tax Committee

    Revenue Bar Association

    Customs Practitioners Group

    London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

    VAT in Industry Group

  • Education

    University of Birmingham (1975 LLB Hons Law with European law)

    College of Law and Inns of Court School of Law (1976 Bar Final)

  • The Chambers Guide says...

    Tax: Indirect Tax
    Ranking: Band 2

    An expert in customs duties and excise cases who is particularly experienced in the classification of goods. He has vast knowledge of trade barriers, appearing regularly in the ECJ in cases involving numerous international customs authorities. He regularly acts for well-known multinational clients.
    “Knowledgeable, approachable and commercial. He gets to the nub of the issue and provides intellectually rigorous but commercially relevant advice.” “His diligence and attention to detail are outstanding.” (2019)

    Described by market commentators as “the go-to man for customs duties and excise work.” . . . “He combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of customs rules and procedures with a unique willingness and patience to explain things to the non-customs specialist.” “He is sharp of mind, exceptionally intelligent and has a vast reservoir of technical knowledge.” (2018)

    Considered to be an “extremely knowledgeable” individual, he is highly regarded by market commentators for his significant expertise in issues involving customs and duties. . . . “I am impressed by his vast retention of technical knowledge. Combined with his sharp mind and exceptional intelligence, he has the edge with customs matters.” “He was particularly easy to work with. He has a great deal of experience and knowledge in the niche area of customer international trade.” (2017)

  • The Legal 500 says...

    Tax: VAT
    Ranking: Leading Junior, Tier 3

    ‘He has mastered the ability to articulate multi-layered issues to clients clearly; providing concise robust advice to keep clients both safe and commercially viable.’ (2020)

    ‘He has the exceptional ability to swiftly identify the complexities of a case.’ (2019)

    ‘Perhaps the doyen of customs duty advisers.’ (2018)