Chris White

We are client led rather than product led. Tax planning is about listening and technical knowledge. If you do not listen to your client and establish how he wants to live his life and run his business, you put him/her in a straightjacket.

Position

Consultant

Telephone Number

(+350) 200 79000

Languages

English

Chris’s clients are typically major private family trusts which invest in property.

Given the overheating of the UK property market in recent years, this has entailed the design and execution of transactions in many European and other jurisdictions.

Chris has advised the Government on Gibraltar’s revised tax system and played a major part in the drafting of the legislation. Having previously worked for the UK Inland Revenue and having run the Gibraltar Tax Office for three years, he is able to advise clients and other teams in the partnership on the operation of the Gibraltar tax system and its interaction with other legislation of Gibraltar and with the tax legislation of other jurisdictions.

Chris has over the years worked on many occasions with UK accountants in researching and quantifying liabilities for reports to the UK Revenue authorities where avoidance or evasion involving Gibraltar entities is suspected or admitted. Chris is author of the last edition of Tolley’s Taxation in Gibraltar, and it’s successor Tottel’s ‘Gibraltar’ International Finance Centre’; he has also contributed articles to various publications.

Chris graduated from Durham University in 1971, was with the UK Inland Revenue from 1971 to 1996, and joined Hassans in 1997. He was called to the bar in 2000 and became a Partner in 2003.

Expertise: Tax
Chambers Global:
'Head of the firm's tax department, advises private family trusts on tax structuring.' (2015 Edition); ...'He is amazing on the tax side and gives the answers we should have rather than the answers we want.' (2016 Edition)
Legal 500:
‘Great tax adviser’ (2015 Edition); ...'completely calm at all times, while demonstrating encyclopaedic knowledge.' (2016 Edition)