Rupert Shiers

Rupert Shiers

Partner, London

Email rupert.shiers@hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 2966

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish

Practice groupCorporate

'Rupert Shiers is lauded for 'his attention to detail, responsiveness and ability to propose commercial solutions' to his clients' problems. He is also praised for his concise communications and client service'

Chambers 2016, Contentious Tax, Band 1

For fifteen years, Rupert has navigated complex HMRC discussions and tax litigation for corporates, individuals and pension funds, and is the Leader of our Tax Disputes team in the UK and Europe. 

Beyond navigation, Rupert provides technical knowledge in areas many group tax functions have not needed to develop themselves: taxpayer rights and HMRC powers, tax statutory interpretation, tax public law, tax-related evidence and procedure. His commercial approach has made him a valuable extension to in-house tax teams on a wide-range of projects. 

He is one of a small handful of UK advisers with experience of challenging tax which discriminates against cross-border structures (a breach of EU law). He also helps eliminate tax charges on unintended events or where the documents do not tell the full story, advising taxpayers and persuading HMRC. As well as astute advice on disputes in tax, Rupert deals with tax in disputes, helping commercial claimants and defendants understand and minimize the impact of tax on their litigation. 

Rupert has worked full-time in HMRC disputes since before it became a real discipline, and has been recognized for many years as a leader in his field. He worked for many years with ex-HMRC officers and chartered tax advisers in a Big 4 environment before returning to practice in an international law firm.

Awards and recognitions

2010

Chambers Partners Contentious Tax 2010 Band One
Chambers & Partners

2015

Chambers Partner Contentious Tax 2015 Band One
Chambers & Partners

2009

Chambers Partners Contentious Tax 2009 Band One
Chambers & Partners

2011

Chambers Partners Contentious Tax 2011 Band One
Chambers & Partners

2012

Chambers Partners Contentious Tax 2012 Band One
Chambers & Partners

2013

Chambers Partners Contentious Tax 2013 Band One
Chambers & Partners

2014

Chambers Partners Contentious Tax 2014 Band One
Chambers & Partners

Education and admissions

Education

Bachelor of Civil Law (First), University of Oxford, 1996

MA, Law (First), University of Cambridge, 1994

CEDR, Accredited Mediator

Memberships

Chartered Institute of Taxation, EU & Human Rights sub-committee

Chartered Institute of Taxation, Management of Taxes sub-committee

Confédération Fiscale Européene, UK delegate

UK delegate Confederation Fiscale Europeene

Representative experience

FTSE-100 company. Advising and acting in Tribunal proceedings and achieving settlement in relation to tax-structured hedging arrangements, including the application of unallowable purpose rules.

US tech giant: advising on HMRC's cross-border application of 'merchant acquirer' bulk data power

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