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Harbottle & Lewis tax partner Gary Ashford named president of the CIOT

May 2023: Harbottle & Lewis tax partner Gary Ashford has been appointed as president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) –  the leading UK body for taxation professionals – for 2023-24.

A former tax inspector at HMRC, Gary has been a council member of the CIOT since 2011, and is chair of the CIOT/Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) Crypto Assets Working Group. Gary was also vice president of the CIOT for 2022-23.

With extensive experience in the financial services and media and technology industries, Gary has particular expertise supporting international and non-domicile clients with their tax affairs and planning, specialising in complex offshore structures.

He is a leading International tax expert, working on private and corporate cross border matters.  He is also an expert on international and domestic tax disputes, investigations and other contentious tax matters, as well as international exchange of information agreements and powers.  He is ranked Band 1 in Chambers and Partners. Gary is also expert on the digital economy and crypto/digital assets, advising clients on tax considerations related to cryptocurrency and assets as well as wider DeFi matters.

Gary’s inaugural speech as CIOT president covered issues including the impact of AI on the industry, the future of crypto assets taxation and the future regulation of tax agents. The speech can be viewed here.

Charles Leveque, managing partner at Harbottle & Lewis, commented: “I’d like to offer Gary my warmest congratulations for this outstanding personal achievement. Gary’s expertise as one the UK’s leading professionals in this field continues to be central to the growth and development of our own tax team at Harbottle & Lewis, which continues to go from strength to strength – we’re very fortunate to be able to call on someone with his standing in the field. His appointment as president of the CIOT is testament to his exceptional commitment and contribution to the industry, and recognition of his deep understanding of the issues that are at the heart of the tax agenda.”

Harbottle & Lewis private client tax team was most recently named ‘Best Private Client Tax Practice’ at the Tolley’s Taxation Awards in May 2023.

More information about Gary’s appointment is available via the CIOT here.

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