This is an online event jointly hosted by CIArb's London branch and EY. The event is titled ‘Tax and alternative dispute resolution: Are they mutually exclusive?’, and is hosted by Maggie Stilwell, Head of EY Forensic and Integrity Services and chaired by Ben Giaretta C.Arb FCIArb, London Branch Chair. This event will take place on Tuesday 6 October 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm British Summer Time (BST), please check your local time-zone.
The panel will discuss a range of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) issues concerning taxation disputes. These will include the role of a mediator in tax disputes and the use of ADR in the current climate. The panel will also discuss HMRC's insights to the beneficial use of ADR, rather than the more traditional remedies. This will be followed by a Q&A discussion.
Geoff Lloyd, Associate Partner in EY’s Tax Controversy and Risk Management practice
Peter Nias, practising Tax Specialist, Barrister at Pump Court Tax Chambers
Kay Linnell C.Arb FCIArb, specialises in forensic accounting and areas of litigation
Mike Howe, Deputy Director in HMRC
Cost(s): There is no charge to attend this seminar, however, pre-registration is required.
Maggie Stilwell leads EY’s Forensic and Integrity Services Disputes team in UK and Ireland. She has been actively involved in a wide range of forensic accountancy issues and claims including shareholder disputes, breach of contract disputes, employment claims, contractual disputes involving mergers and joint ventures, intellectual property disputes, licensing audits, accounting and financial irregularities. She has given expert witness testimony at arbitration and determination hearings and acted as the expert in numerous determinations where the parties sought a final and binding decision.
Ben Giaretta C.Arb FCIArb is the current Chair of CIArb’s London Branch. He has been a member of the London Branch Committee since 2017, and before becoming the Chair was the Honorary Secretary of the Branch. He has also been the Honorary Treasurer of the Singapore Branch Committee.
Geoff Lloyd is an Associate Partner in EY’s Tax Controversy and Risk Management practice. With twenty-five years’ experience at HM Revenue & Customs, including as Corporate Tax and VAT Director, and Dispute Resolution Director, he advises and supports a wide range of clients in handling and resolving HMRC enquiries using collaborative working and ADR techniques. When at HMRC he was instrumental in promoting the use of ADR in the resolution of disputes over taxation.
Peter Nias is a practising Tax Specialist, Barrister at Pump Court Tax Chambers and former Partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. Since obtaining Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accreditation as a mediator in 2010, Peter has been focusing his time advising clients on mediation and pre-mediation strategies for resolving tax disputes and has acted as both a mediator and facilitator in tax disputes in the UK. He is one of the founding members of CEDR Tax Dispute Resolution Panel established in 2012 as well as a founding member in 2011 of the ADR Discussion Forum for those involved in ADR matters at HMRC, HM Treasury, HM Solicitor’s Office and professional advisory firms.
Kay Linnell FCIArb specialises in forensic accounting and areas of litigation support including civil, family and criminal matters at KCLA. She is a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited Mediator, an experienced Expert Witness and Determiner. She has experience in specialist commercial matters, including share valuations, insurance claims, management consultancy, construction disputes, business interruption, insolvency and corporate recovery, fraud investigations, forensic reconstruction, tax professional negligence and tax investigations.
Mike Howe is a Deputy Director in HMRC leading the Customer Compliance Group (CCG) Professionalism and Customer Experience (PaCE) Team. PaCE brings together several teams with a mix of front-line and enabling activities: principally ADR, Complaints and Extra Support. It also leads CCG’s Customer Experience and Professionalism Programme. PaCE also has responsibility for key professional capability functions, including leading the development of CCG’s Apprenticeships offer which is at the heart of HMRC’s learning strategy.