Case Law

Brookson Legal Services are IR35 specialists. We are often instructed to act for clients who are subjected to an IR35 enquiry by HMRC and therefore we are knowledgeable in the application of IR35 and all relevant case law. This page provides you with an overview of recent IR35 cases and the elements considered by Courts or Tribunals in coming to their judgements.

Atholl House Productions Ltd V HMRC (2019)

Loose Women and BBC presenter Kaye Adams has successfully appealed a £124,000 tax bill from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Ms Adams’ Limited company, Atholl House Productions Limited, received notice that HMRC had conducted an inquiry into her involvement with BBC Radio Scotland between March 2015 to April 2017. Consequently,...

Albatel Limited v HMRC – UKFTT (2019)

Well-known television presenter Lorraine Kelly has successfully appealed an IR35 tax bill assessed by the HMRC at the sum of almost £900,000. Albatel Limited, Ms Kelly’s limited company, saw the HMRC conduct an initial inquiry into its engagements with ITV Breakfast Limited, which took place between September 2012 and July...

Armitage Technical Design Services Limited Contractor v HMRC (2016)

Background Mr David Armitage is an electrical control and instrumentation designer with over 25 years’ experience of providing services within the nuclear industry. He is also the Director of Armitage Technical Design Services Limited (“ATDSL”). Mr Armitage was contracted through ATDSL and two different agencies to provide his services to...

Christa Ackroyd v HMRC (2016)

Background In 2018 HMRC won its first IR35 ruling in seven years against the former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd; although she did try to argue that the limited company was set–up on the advice of the BBC and that she received reassurance from her accountant that the arrangement was tax...

MBF Design Services Limited vs HMRC (2011)

This case solidified the notion that it is important to consider each element of IR35 separately (for example: substitution, control and mutuality of obligation) as the failure of HMRC to win on any count will ultimately defeat their case. This decision was made despite the lack of reference to a...

Primary Path Ltd v HMRC (2011) TC01306

Background Primary Path Limited (“Primary Path”) was incorporated in May 2000 by director and shareholder Mr Phil Winfield and began trading in October 2000. Primary Path Limited was set up to provide software development services to the Pharmaceutical Industry, primarily Oracle Database software development. Mr Winfield’s expertise is in the...

JLJ Services Limited v HMRC (2011) – FTTT

Background Mr Spencer, an IT specialist, provided services to Allianz Cornhill Management Services Ltd (“Allianz”) through his own limited company, JLJ Services Limited (“JLJ”) between 2000 and 2007. After attending a telephone interview, Mr Spencer originally agreed a 6-month engagement commencing in May 2000. Prior to this, Mr Spencer was...

Marlen LTD V HMRC (2011)

Background In this particular IR35 case, Mr Gary Hughes, the sole director and shareholder of Marlen Limited (“Marlen”) provided engineering, design and drafting services to JCB. The engagements subject to appeal involved two divisions of JCB who Marlen provided services to, through the Recruitment Agency, DDC Precisions Limited (“DDC”). Between...