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Anita is a Senior Associate and specialises in litigation, HMRC tax investigations and disputes (Civil and Criminal), advising on company loans and family law. Anita completed her LPC at the University of Law in 2007 and qualified in 2011. She is able to get to the heart of the issues of a case and will be not unsettled by any hurdles which may come in her way to achieve her client’s objectives.

Anita has extensive knowledge in tax litigation having worked in a niche regional firm. Her experience includes appeals against VAT and excise assessments, Schedule 36 notices, the refusal and/or revocation of various licences (AWRS, WOWGR and other approvals), and all other Tribunal related matters. She has had reported cases in the Tax Tribunal (First Tier and Upper Tribunal), High Court and the Supreme Court. Anita has acted for individuals and businesses who have a high net value.

When representing clients in ancillary relief proceedings, Anita has been able to use her knowledge and experience from chancery cases when dealing with difficult trust issues which arise from a matrimonial dispute. She settled has proceedings without the need of attending contested hearings as family proceedings can often be very stressful for all parties.

Key Experience

  • Civil and commercial litigation;
  • HMRC investigations and tax litigation;
  • Condemnation and restoration proceedings of seized goods;
  • Proceeds of Crime Act matters and confiscation proceedings;
  • Debt collection and insolvency proceedings;
  • Judicial review;
  • Advising on legal charges, debentures and personal guarantees; and
  • Family law.


Career history

  • Rainer Hughes

Associations

Member of the Law Society

Work highlights

  • Anita has previously represented multiple cash and carries in obtaining temporary approval following the refusal of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). The Court of Appeal held that HMRC do have a power to grant temporary approval pending the appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. This decision was overturned in the Supreme Court.
  • Anita successfully represented the traders in the Court of Appeal, where the Court concluded that “disclosure is not a cure for a lack of clarity in HMRC’s case”. It was held that in AWRS cases HMRC should give standard CPR disclosure.

Legal 500

Anita Punpher is a pleasure to work with. She really gets to the heart of the issues and is not unsettled easily in the often rough and tumble world of litigation” – Legal 500 2019/2020

Anita was quoted as a “pure-quality strategist” – Legal 500 2018/2019

 

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