David Southern QC

David Southern KC


Field Court Tax Chambers

David specialises in commercial tax, including direct tax, VAT and pension schemes and in all forms of tax litigation, including tax investigations and judicial review.

He has appeared in courts at all levels, ranging from the Magistrates’ Court, all Tax Tribunals, the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal, to the House of Lords and European Court. He also has extensive experience of work for overseas tax authorities.

Until 2020 he was Director of the School of Tax Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and maintains his links with academia.  He is the sole author of Taxation of Loan Relationships and Derivative Contracts (Bloomberg), now in its 10th edition.

Before beginning independent practice at the Bar, he worked in the Inland Revenue and for Lloyds’ Bank.  He is a former Treasurer of the Bar Council.

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