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Tel-Ka Talk v The Commissioners to HM Revenue and Customs (SCCO-Master Hurst 17/6/10)

DATE: 17 Jun 2010

In this case Chief Master Hurst decided that a contingency fee agreement (whereby a lawyer is paid a percentage of what his client recovers) entered into between a solicitor and his client for the former to represent the latter before the VAT Tribunal was lawful because it was a non contentious business agreement made lawful by section 57 of the Solicitors Act 1974. The Tribunal was not a "court" within the purview of section 87 of that Act.

David Holland made written representations on behalf of the Law Society as Intervening Party and Richard Drabble QC appeared for the Law Society.