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Associate Director

Justine McInnes

Business tax

Areas of expertise

VAT and Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) – with a particular focus on small to medium clients in the financial services sector, and clients in the real estate sector.

Indirect Tax dispute resolution for clients in all sectors.


Justine is a qualified Solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser and has over 25 years’ experience of working in VAT and IPT gained mainly in Big 4 accountancy firms.

Justine’s advisory work includes providing technically strong and commercially pragmatic advice on all types of VAT and IPT issues which arise for businesses in the financial services and real estate sectors – including advising on the VAT and IPT treatment which is applicable to transactions, VAT and IPT cost management, and VAT and IPT compliance requirements. 
Justine’s Indirect Tax dispute resolution work involves leading Indirect Tax dispute resolution – both those arising between clients and HMRC, and those arising between clients and their customers or suppliers.  Justine has acted as an authorised representative for clients at all levels of the Indirect Tax litigation process – including disputes which are ultimately heard by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Notable client work and achievements

Achieving annual VAT and IPT savings of around £5m for a large insurtech client by identifying and documenting relevant contractual flows

Leading a VAT dispute for a large financial services client and achieving a very favourable settlement on behalf of the client

Working with a large financial services client to identify risk areas in VAT and IPT reporting processes and assisting with remedying these

Professional qualifications and memberships

Solicitor (admitted March 2003)
Chartered Tax Adviser (qualified 2001)

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