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"Highly experienced at handling tax litigation, and especially well known for her work in probate, chancery, excise and environmental tax cases. She is frequently instructed on behalf of private clients in cases against HMRC. Strengths: She's extremely knowledgeable, very approachable and has an excellent bedside manner.” - Chambers and Partners UK 2016

"Alison Graham-Wells of St John's Chambers has a broad commercial chancery practice and noteworthy experience of handling tax-related litigation. Her recent cases include acting for private clients on matters pertaining to inheritance tax, tax avoidance schemes and VAT returns. Strengths: She is a very tenacious and skilled courtroom advocate." - Chambers and Partners UK 2017

"Alison Graham-Wells of St John's Chambers enjoys a strong track record in both advisory and litigation work. She receives instructions in cases concerning avoidance matters, commercial tax arrangements and trusts. Clients benefit from her previous experience as a customs officer. Strengths: "She is good at explaining things. She has a very commercial mind and is able to identify complex issues and put forward pragmatic solutions." = Chambers and Partners UK 2018

Ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners UK for her tax work in the regions, Alison is a clear communicator with excellent litigation skills together with senior management and leadership experience.

A former Senior Lawyer within HMRC, she has extensive knowledge of tax (in particular anti-avoidance and civil fraud), regulatory and public law (including Judicial Review, Freedom of Information), and significant traditional Chancery and Commercial law, Consumer Credit and Consumer Protection, and Insolvency (personal and corporate) experience. Latterly she has been expanding her Court of Protection work - a natural progression of her need to consider capacity in relation to tax work and legal practice generally.

Alison accepts instructions in the traditional way and is also a Licensed Access and Public Access practitioner.

Specialties:

Administrative Law

Capacity and Court of Protection

Chancery Law

Commercial Law

Insolvency (personal and corporate)

Tax (including environmental taxes - Aggregates Levy, Landfill etc)

Wills & Probate

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