Acting as co-mediator in one of the first virtual mediations using the TEAMs IT platform (as a result of COVID 19 restrictions on physical meetings) and one of the first to apply the Tribunal Rule 3 Statement (encouraging the use of ADR even where litigation has commenced). The dispute with HMRC involved the correct VAT treatment of the supply of passenger transport services to the NHS by ambulance providers and clarified facts and applicable legal provisions.
Advising a Swiss based multinational Group on the use of mediation techniques with a view to acting for its Dutch subsidiary as a facilitator in a structured discussion in connection with a Transfer Pricing Dispute with the Dutch Tax Authority. Consideration of invoking the MAP provisions in the Netherlands/Swiss Double Tax Treaty and using an SDR Process Protocol to facilitate bilateral discussions between the Swiss and Dutch Competent Authorities.
Acting as Co-mediator in a VAT dispute with HMRC for reclaiming from HMRC VAT overpaid to a supplier now in liquidation. Issues of fact and law and points of principle for HMRC; assisting parties examine an alternative LSS compliant solution.
Advising a Swiss based multinational group on the use of mediation techniques in connection with a stalled APA negotiation with HMRC; considering unilateral domestic structured discussion proposal under Section 5 LSS Commentary “Best Practice” Guidance as well as bilateral discussion between Swiss and UK Tax Authority using SDR Process Protocol under MAP provision in UK/Swiss Double Tax Treaty.
International tax: advising a Swiss resident multinational group on the use of ADR techniques to assist the resolution of a cross-border transfer pricing dispute between two European countries under their MAP (Mutual Agreement Procedure) provisions in their Double Tax Treaty.
Tax: advising a US multinational group on the use of ADR procedures and the facilitated structured discussion process for resolving transfer pricing and a number of other issues relevant to audit years in dispute and other open years.
Tax: appointed as mediator to provide non-binding expert determination in a transfer pricing case involving a difference of opinion between the taxpayer’s two advisors about the application of the law to the circumstances of the case.
Tax: appointed mediator by HMRC and the taxpayer in a 5 year old dispute about the denial by HMRC of its claim for input VAT on the grounds that the claimant knew or had the means of knowledge that the carbon-trading transaction was connected with the missing trader intra-Community (MTIC) fraud.
Tax: appointed mediator by HMRC and the taxpayer in a 10 year old multifaceted dispute including directors’ loan accounts, capital allowances, Gift Aid, overseas settlement issues.
Tax: Appointed mediator by HMRC and the taxpayer in a 9 year old dispute in respect of the application of anti-avoidance legislation and a partnership structure involving issues of IP identification and valuation.
Tax: appointed mediator (by HMRC and the taxpayer) co-mediator (by the taxpayer) and facilitator (by the taxpayer) in 3 different disputes in respect of the UK tax residence status of the taxpayer.
Tax: Acting as a Facilitator and successfully settling through HMRC’s ADR Large and Complex pilot study programme its cross border IP tax audit dispute for a multinational publishing organisation.
Tax: Acting as a Facilitator for a high net worth individual in an ADR facilitation process with HMRC and successfully settling the taxpayer’s claim for the motive defence to apply in connection with a “transfer of assets abroad” tax avoidance dispute.
Commercial: Acting as co-Mediator (under CEDR Solve Procedure) in a shareholder’s dispute between business partners alleging unfair treatment under Companies Act provisions including breach of fiduciary duty, allegation of misappropriation of funds, unauthorised drawings and setting up competing business; litigation had already commenced.
Advising a number of multinationals on CDR strategies and the use of mediation for resolving tax disputes.
Advising the first S&P 500 company on its redomiciliation to the UK and negotiating Rulings from HMRC in respect of stamp duty and CFC issues.
Successive renewals of the first APA under the UK transfer pricing regime (introduced in 1999) for major US based pharmaceutical company.
Advising the world’s largest developer and distributor of electronic games on its UK transfer pricing strategy and its related tax authority audit.
Negotiating a number of Advance Thin Capitalisation Agreements (ATCAs) in respect of inter group financing.
Advising on the European restructuring of a US based heavy machinery group to achieve thin capitalisation targets and US repatriation objectives.
Negotiating with HMRC a number of Rulings and Non-Statutory Clearances for non-UK based multinationals in respect of their actual or proposed UK business activities including permanent establishment structures and commissionaire arrangements.