14 September 2020

Solicitors expand mini tax chambers in the beautiful Wye Valley

Providing a greater depth of tax expertise for clients across the Wye Valley, HCR is taking a bold step into the future, recruiting new trainee barristers (pupils), to grow the existing mini tax chambers within HCR, expanding on its expertise.

The new moves mean that HCR is well placed to offer support and advice to clients with tax problems across the UK, from private individuals involved with HMRC disputes to global companies encountering cross-border trading issues.

Victoria Alicea joined in July – the first of 2020’s two pupil barristers who will serve their two-year pupillage under the firm’s specialist tax barrister Sarah Woodall, a former professor at the University of London. Victoria also won a coveted Grays Inn pupillage scholarship on her first day at HCR.

She has now been joined by first class honours law graduate and tax specialist, Georgie Cooper. Georgie will also qualify as a barrister in due course. A third recruit will join in a few months’ time following her qualification for the New York Bar, in addition to the Bar of the United Kingdom.

To complete its offering, Harrison Clark Rickerbys is also now able to offer mini-pupillages to aspiring tax barristers, and welcomed its first successful candidate last week. (A mini-pupillage is essentially brief but high-level work experience for aspiring barristers.) Anyone looking for mini-pupillage should contact tax@hcrlaw.com with a CV and short covering letter.

Sarah explained: “There are very few other specialist tax chambers outside London in England and Wales, and opportunities are very limited. Across the whole of the UK, only 80 offers of pupillage were made in 2020, with approximately 4,000 applicants chasing every place.

“These new appointments are testament to HCR’s foresight and commitment to creating opportunities for aspiring legal professionals. In the wake of the pandemic I have heard of many chambers simply withdrawing offers of pupillage.

“By offering pupils an alternative to the traditional London-based chambers environment, we’ve been able to create new opportunities and attract talented individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our team now includes members who have studied in Canada, New York, Florida, London, Cardiff and Mauritius. This is an exciting time to work in tax at HCR.”

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Sarah Woodall, Head of Tax, Partner (Barrister)

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