Helping you resolve your tax disputes


Julian Hickey is a highly experienced London Tax Barrister, specialising in HMRC tax enquiries, tax appeals, tax advice and related commercial disputes.

Julian Hickey


Are you or your clients facing an HMRC tax investigation? Do you need support to defend your case?

With over 20 years of expertise, Julian Hickey advises corporations and private individuals on tax-related transactions, tax investigations and tax disputes with HMRC. Julian is highly experienced in representing clients in HMRC investigations and tribunals, as well as robustly defending, negotiating and managing appeals to achieve the best possible result. He has a proven track record of representing clients in high value and complex tax cases and is known for his discretion, practical thinking and approachable style.

Julian offers maximum flexibility and can advise or attend any conference / Court or Tribunal hearing virtually or where appropriate in-person throughout the United Kingdom.

Live Streamed hearings: recent Court of Appeal cases

Julian has acted for clients in two recent cases that were live streamed and are available to now view on the Court of Appeal YouTube archive:

Court of Appeal Civil Division live hearings Archive – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Fanning v HMRC (1 March 2023) (Court 70): Julian represented the Appellant on HMRC’s challenge to tax planning. The case involved difficult issues of statutory interpretation. The case was before Lord Justice Jackson, Lord Justice Lewis, Lady Justice Falk.

Bell, HMRC v Mitchell (25 January 2023) (Court 63): Julian represented Mr. Mitchell (having successfully represented the client in the First tier Tax Tribunal and Upper Tribunal) concerning the disclosure of confidential documents, and the extent to which documents can be relied on by HMRC / another party in a tax appeal. The case was before Lord Justice Arnold, Lady Justice Carr and Lady Justice Whipple.

Do you need to challenge a HMRC tax penalty or fine? Are you or your clients looking for representation at a First-tier Tax Tribunal, Appeal to the Upper Tribunal or Court of Appeal? As a leading tax barrister, Julian can assist. more >


Julian Hickey can be instructed directly by individuals and professionals under the Bar Direct Access scheme, which allows him, in appropriate cases, to work without a solicitor or accountant. This can save on costs and enable you to engage directly with a barrister with the specialist tax expertise you need. more >