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Michael L Firth
Michael Firth

Michael studied for his BA in Jurisprudence at Oxford University, obtaining a first class degree. After winning a scholarship, he went on to study for the BCL, achieving a distinction, and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn.

Michael’s expertise in both taxation and commercial/private law makes it unnecessary for his clients to have to decide between the specialisms or to have to consider instructing a practitioner in each area. He firmly believes, based on observation, that opportunities can be missed in both litigation and advice if the problem is not considered from all possible perspectives; however, his clients can rest assured that no legal stone has been left unturned.

Instructions are taken in relation to all areas of taxation and Michael has a particular passion for the taxation of businesses (whether incorporated or not) and trusts (CGT, IHT and income taxation), as well as VAT and property taxation. Employment taxation is also one of Michael’s strengths and he has written the chapter on disguised employee remuneration in Bloomsbury’s Tax Planning 2012-13.

In relation to commercial and private law, Michael may be instructed to litigate or advise on a broad range of disputes, including those relating to contract, tort, unjust enrichment and trusts.

When he has time, Michael is a keen rock climber and musician, with an interest in rugby dating back to his time on the school playing fields. As a Liverpool FC season ticket holder, he has, in recent years, become accustomed to expensive disappointments and, consequently, does everything possible to make sure that his efficiency and knowledge mean that his clients never have a similar feeling.

Publications:

Disguised Employee Remuneration in Tax Planning 2012–13 (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012 – forthcoming)

Education:

BPTC (2011) – Very Competent (4th in year group)
BCL (2010) (business taxation, personal taxation, restitution of unjust enrichment, conflict of laws) – Harris Manchester College, Oxford – Distinction
BA, Jurisprudence (2009) – Exeter College, Oxford – 1st class (5th in University)

Prizes and scholarships:

Sir Thomas Moore Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Scholarship (awarded by Oxford University for BCL year) (2009 – 2010)
Oxford University Gibbs book prize for contract, land, tort and trusts (2009)
Tobias Prize in law, Exeter College, Oxford (2009)
Oxford University Prize for the best exam paper in Roman law (2007)
Waugh Scholarship, Exeter College, Oxford (2007, 2008)
Fitzgerald prize, Exeter College, Oxford (2007, 2009)

Other achievements:

UK national champion, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2008)
Oxford v. Cambridge Roman Law Moot Court Competition (2007)
Research assistant for The Division of Wrongs: A Historical Comparative Study by E. Descheemaeker (OUP 2009)