Simmons & Simmons (London)

Nick Skerrett

Simmons & Simmons (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Nick advises clients on the management and resolution of tax disputes with HMRC and with commercial parties. He advises clients on all aspects of contentious tax practice, from initial advice on liability and filing positions through negotiation with HMRC to litigation before the Tax Tribunals, the English courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Nick specialises in litigating high value complex tax cases and matters concerning tax avoidance. He helps clients understand and balance all the risks inherent in their tax positions, weighing the prospects of successfully pursuing a claim or litigation against the impact on reputation and relationships with stakeholders. Nick is dual qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser and Solicitor. As an accredited mediator he also assists clients with the resolution of disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has deep expertise in tax restitution claims, indirect tax matters, particularly VAT and financial services, compound interest, abuse of rights cases, international and domestic fund structures, pension funds, unjust enrichment, house building, telecoms and environmental taxes. His work also includes assisting clients with evidencing the quantum of claims and extrapolating claims value data.

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1616 Bulletin

Robert Hardy, Koen Platteau, Nick Skerrett The EU General Court holds that the Commission was wrong to classify as State aid a progressive tax on the retail sector involving a high starting threshold (Commission / Poland)


The EU’s General Court has rejected the EU Commission’s classification of a Polish tax on the retail sector as State aid: Poland v Commission (Joined Cases T-836/16 and T-624/17). The fact that the tax was progressive in nature with a high threshold was not sufficient to meet the requirement that (...)

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