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One minute with... Patrick Way QC

What attracted you to the Tax Bar?

I had been a solicitor for 15 years and wanted to try my hand at advocacy and having a little more thinking time. As it happens the differences between the two sides of the profession are not that great.

For ‘meetings’ read ‘conferences’ and for ‘reports’ read ‘opinions’. Nevertheless I am glad to have experienced both and think that there are some advantages in having spent time in a law firm before going to the rather rarified world of the Bar. With any luck I should be a little more grounded perhaps.

Whom in tax do you most admire?

Patrick Soares for his encyclopaedic knowledge of tax law and his generosity in sharing it; Michael Flesch QC for his great advice in chambers which I have seen both as a solicitor and as a fellow barrister; David Goldberg QC for...

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