James Kessler QC


  • James Kessler QC is particularly interested in taxation of foreign domiciliaries, offshore entities of all kinds, and trusts, wills and charities.  Other interests include prosecution of tax crime in complex cases, particularly along the avoidance/evasion faultline, and freedom of information.
  • James has practiced as a barrister since 1985 and was appointed QC in 2003. He is also a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland.
  • He is in Band 1 in Chambers Directory in the Private Client Tax category, with a reference to "acumen and remarkable thoroughness of thought".
  • James is one of the founders of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, for whom he drafted the STEP Standard Provisions, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
  • James has received the Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession (STEP Private Client Awards, 2011).

·  James became Head of Chambers in 2015


(A barrister practising at Tax Chambers, 15 Old Square Lincoln’s Inn, WC2A 3UE.  Senior Clerk Tony Hall 020 7242 2744.  Email taxchambers@15oldsquare.co.uk.)


Items authored by James Kessler QC

Taxation of Non-Residents and Foreign Domiciliaries.
Online: Taxation of Non-Residents and Foreign Domiciliaries.
Taxation of Non-Residents and Foreign Domiciliaries.
Taxation of Charities and Nonprofit Organisations .