Next Generation Partners

Customs and excise in London

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie combines its expertise from its international trade and WTO practice and its tax practice into a cross-departmental customs & excise team.  The firm's growing practice regularly advises global corporates on significant international projects, ranging from supply chain management matters through to sensitive customs investigations and appeals. As one of a number of firms appointed to the UK government's first post-Brexit trade panel to advise on WTO and trade agreement disputes the team has also been active leading Brexit risk assessments for clients. Practice head Jennifer Revis, who also heads the EMEA customs group, advises across matters including customs, excise and anti tax evasion work. Other key players in the team include senior associate Jessica Mutton, who focuses on international trade, sanctions and corruption matters and Ben Smith.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jennifer Revis

Autres avocats clés:

Jessica Mutton; Ben Smith

Les références

‘Baker McKenzie’s customs and excise practice is unrivaled among international law firms. The geographic scope of the firm’s customs practice makes it an essential partner to any company considering international expansion. The quality of the customs lawyers at each of the firm’s far-flung offices also is impressive. If I bring a matter to Bakers, I know that I will reliably receive thorough, practical and risk-calibrated advice regardless of the jurisdiction.’

‘Jenny Revis is, without a doubt, one of the best customs lawyers in the business. She has an exceptionally deep knowledge of customs valuation concepts, as well as considerable experience applying those concepts in a variety of jurisdictions. She keeps her cool in tough situations and provides practical advice that can be immediately implemented.’

‘Bakers are clearly the market leader in advising on trade and customs matters in the UK and more broadly across Europe. What makes the team stand out is their ability to provide legal advice in a commercial context and provide legal and compliance advice that both addresses risk but also enables business opportunities. This provides us with the confidence to take complex global business decisions.’

Principaux clients

Harley Davidson

Take Two Interactive Software Inc

BP Plc

British Airways



Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's broad practice works with clients from a variety of industry sectors but has particularly close ties with businesses in the retail and consumer sectors. The team, which regularly advises on investigations, has a broad contentious excise duty practice that covers 'sin' taxes including alcohol, tobacco and gambling. International tax practice head Andy Brown, who leads the team, regularly advises on Missing Trader Intra-Community VAT fraud and excise duty fraud investigations. He is supported by a team that also includes the 'hard-working and practicalChris Young.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andy Brown

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Young; Jennifer Southern

Les références

‘Strong team of hard-working solicitors with good technical knowledge and fully focused on the needs of the client.’

‘Chris Young – hard-working, practical and good understanding of principles. Excellent on litigation, advice and transactional work.’


Principaux clients

B&M Retail

Kammac plc


Push Energy

Sporting Wholesale

CVR Global Offshore Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a leading variety goods retailer on its appeals against multi-million pound excise duty assessments and related penalties.
  • Advised a leading alcohol wholesaler on ground-breaking, multi-million pound claims for overpaid excise duty relating to post duty point dilution.
  • Advised a household name in soft drinks on its liability under the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises on all aspects of international trade law and customs and excise matters, and the UK team is able to call on support from an expansive bench of lawyers across most of Europe, in addition to the US and Asia. Head of department John Forrest  specialises in matters concerning export controls, sanctions and international trade law, and regularly advises governments on international trade issues. Paul Hardy was promoted to partner in May 2022, and frequently advises clients on issues relating to Brexit, having previously worked for the European Commission. Well-regarded tax litigator Stuart Walsh joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in summer 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Forrest

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Hardy; Chloe Barker; Stuart Walsh

Les références

‘DLA know what they’re talking about and are practical in their advice,  giving us suggestions as to how to manage risk. Our internal business colleagues like working with them because they quickly grasp the issues at hand.’

‘Quick to understand the complexities of our industry and apply complex legal rules for us.’


Principaux clients

Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A.



Tokyo Electron


Permastone Ltd

TP Leasing


ADI International

TATA Steel

Ningbo Bangpu Times New Energy Co Ltd




Principaux dossiers

  • Supported ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), the new Italian state-owned airline company that replaced ALITALIA, with commencing their international operations. This included providing a full overview of UK customs regulation and requirements relating to the industry.
  • Advising a client in relation to the  classification of disassembled storage tanks under UK customs.
  • Providing international trade and customs related advice to Tata Steel on the impacts of the new UK-EU TCA on its manufacturing operations and supply chains.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's customs and excise practice covers the full spectrum of matters concerning international businesses, but the firm has a particular specialism in the brewing industry, where it works with a number of well-known brands. The team, which includes tax advisers and former HMRC officers as well as lawyers, is led by tax disputes and investigations head Steven Porter, who regularly represents large corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Newly promoted legal director Ian Robotham is highly regarded for his work assisting on major matters for corporates and individuals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steven Porter

Autres avocats clés:

Jake Landman; Ian Robotham; Abigail McGregor

Les références

‘Very rational and talented people.’

‘ Top quality work, smart and talented people, but also very humble and available.’

‘I had a great experience dealing with Ian Robotham.’


PwC LLP's indirect tax disputes team brings together litigators, tax advisers and accountants to advise across a full range of customs and excise matters. The team, many of whom have previously worked in industry or at HMRC, regularly handles complex, multi-jurisdictional customs and excise investigations and litigation and advises on the interpretation of international trade-related treaties. The team is led by David Anderson, who has more than 20 years' experience of indirect tax and also includes environmental tax specialist Jayne Harrold.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Anderson

Autres avocats clés:

Jayne Harrold; Prinal Nathwani; Holly Grantham

Les références

‘PwC provide excellent all-round coverage of customs and excise matters. There is not a tax regime which they cannot turn their hand to.’

‘Prinal Nathwani is an excellent partner specialising in all manner of indirect taxes. Also very adept at handling mediation with HMRC.’


RPC's team focuses on tax disputes, advising clients across multiple jurisdictions on direct and indirect tax matters, including customs and excise duty. The practice is led by Adam Craggs, a former solicitor for HMRC, who specialises in inquiries, criminal tax investigations and complex group litigation actions. Michelle Sloane's area of focus is in resolving complex tax disputes and advising corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Associate Keziah Mastin joined from HMRC in January 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Craggs

Autres avocats clés:

Michelle Sloane; Keziah Mastin; Robert Waterson

Les références

‘The team has had the rare distinction of handling a customs case in the Supreme Court. It is both technically sound and practically excellent. It handles UK and EU customs and excise matters.’

‘Robert Waterson and Michelle Sloane are both excellent lawyers. They work exceptionally hard and have a very good commercial appreciation of the businesses that their clients are in. They are up with the very best.’

Principaux clients

Frasers Group PLC (Sports Direct)

Universal Cycles Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Frasers Group in a high-profile cross-border tax enquiry involving the Belgian State.
  • Representing Universal Cycles in a high-value dispute regarding Anti-Dumping Duty, Customs Duty and VAT.
  • Advising members of the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association on customs and excise duty issues.