We have extensive experience in resolving disputes with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on VAT matters.

If you have received an assessment or are being challenged by HMRC on the VAT treatment of your activities, we can help you with our practical and commercial approach to settling disputes.

Dispute resolution

Disputes with HMRC are seldom solved by correspondence alone. There is a need to engage with the right person at the other side of the table. We understand that dispute resolution takes more than having a good technical argument; it involves understanding the other side’s motivation and concerns and engaging with them to find a mutually acceptable solution.

If you have been engaged in discussions with HMRC and have reached an impasse, we may be able to help you with a fresh approach and ideas.


Assessments can usually be challenged on a number of grounds. We start by understanding your business and how VAT applies to your activities. Only then do we apply the VAT law to the basis of the assessment, including how it was calculated and the period it applies to.

If an assessment is incorrectly made, we can help you get it withdrawn. If the decision to assess was made incorrectly we can get it reviewed and, if necessary, overturned.


Appealing to the Tax Tribunal is a last resort in most cases. However, if necessary we can support you through a litigation process and look at settlement strategies during the process. Our aim is to ensure you are successful in pursuing your case, but not at any financial cost.

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Sean McGinness
Partner, Edinburgh

Key experience

Sean is Head of the Edinburgh office.