Kingsley Napley launches Tax Disputes & Investigations practice with new partner

Date: 06 Mar 2023

Vicente Luckina Bunn

Kingsley Napley LLP is pleased to announce that Waqar Shah joins as a Partner to launch a dedicated Tax Disputes & Investigations service offering.

Waqar Shah

Waqar acts for high-net worth individuals and corporate clients across multiple sectors on a range of HMRC disputes and investigations. His experience spans employment tax matters (including ‘IR35’/off-payroll working), VAT disputes, customs/excise duty issues and tax related fraud investigations. In addition to having a strong track record of helping clients resolve disputes before they reach court or a tribunal hearing (particularly via ADR), he is an experienced litigator frequently dealing with cases in the Tax Tribunals through to the Supreme Court (as well as referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union).

Waqar joins from Mishcon de Reya LLP where he became a partner in 2021. He started his career as a lawyer at PwC Legal LLP. He was acclaimed as a ‘rising star’ in the latest Legal 500 rankings, as an ‘Up and Coming’ partner in Chambers and Partners, recognised as ‘One to Watch’ by Best Lawyers (all in 2023) and was listed in Accountancy Age’s ’35 under 35′ in 2019.  He is an active member of the VAT Practitioners Group and a qualified member of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).

At Kingsley Napley, Waqar will focus on resolving tax disputes for clients but will also work closely with non-contentious tax partners Matt Spencer (Corporate/Employment) and Laura Harper (Private Client) within the Tax Advisory team. He will support the firm’s market leading Criminal Litigation team (including partners David Sleight, Louise Hodges, and Nicola Finnerty) who specialise in tax fraud investigations brought by HMRC.  

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