Centre for Commercial Law Studies

9th Annual Avoir Fiscal EU Tax Conference

31 January 2014

Time: 8:00am - 7:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Rotblat Building, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ

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This is the ninth year that the anniversary of the Avoir Fiscal judgment has been celebrated with an EU Tax Conference. This event is kindly and proudly supported by Key Haven Publications - publishers of EC Tax Journal, Deloitte (UK) LLP and Bloomberg BNA.


  • Timothy Lyons QC
    8:30-8:50 - Registration and Coffee
  • 8:50-9:00 - Chairman, Professor Gerard Meussen, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands: ‘Chairman’s Welcoming Remarks’ and ‘Horizontal Discrimination; the Sopora-Case (C-512/13)’
  • 9:35-10:10 - Peter Cussons, European Tax Partner, PWC, London: ‘Patent / IP boxes and Their Status under EU law: the Freedoms, Code of Conduct and Competition Law, and BEPS’
  • 10:10-10:45 - Tom Scott, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP: ‘BEPS Responses within the EU—Overlaps and Future Changes’
  • 10:45-11:00 - Coffee Break

  • Professor Philip Baker QC
    11:00-11:35 - Kit Dickson, Financial Services Tax Partner, Deloitte LLP, UK: ‘BT Pension Scheme v HMRC, Prudential Assurance Company v. HMRC: learning from the Courts in 2013’
  • 11:35-12:10 - Paul Radcliffe, Director, EMEIA Financial Services, Ernst &Young LLP UK: ‘Automatic Exchange of Information’
  • 12:10-13:00 - Lunch break

  • Dr Tina Tukic, European Commission
    13:10-13:35 - Mantas Juozaitis, Motieka & Audzevicius: ‘Application of Anti-tax Avoidance Measures in Lithuanian Case-Law’
  • 13:35-13:45 - Bloomberg BNA presentation
  • 13:45-14:20 - Grahame Turner, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, PhD Candidate, School of Advanced Study, University of London: ‘The Incoherence of the ECJ judgments Concerned with Taxes on Company Distributions’

  • Dr Tamas Kulcsar, IBFD
    14:20-14:55 - Dr Harm van den Broek, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands: ‘Exit Taxation in Europe Two Years After National Grid Indus’
  • 14:55-15:10 - Coffee break
  • 15:10-15:45 - Timothy Lyons QC, 39 Essex Street: ‘Double Taxation, Tax Treaties, EU law and Institutions’
  • 15:45-16:20 - Professor Dr Hans van den Hurk, Tax Partner, Deloitte, The Netherlands, & Maastricht University: ‘Will the Proposed Changes of the PSD Stand a Chance?’ 
  • 16:20-16:55 - Professor Philip Baker QC, Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers: ‘Some EU Tax Law Comments’
  • 16:55-17:05 - Chartered Institute of Taxation presentation: ‘ADIT (Advanced Diploma in International Taxation)’
  • 17:05-17:40 - Dr Katerina Perrou, Tax Lawyer, K&K Perrou Law Firm, University of Athens, Greece: ‘Deductibility of Interest Expenses: the Itelcar Case’
  • 17:40-18:15 - Philip Laroma Jezzi, University of Florence, Italy: ‘The 3M-Italia Case: Why the Court of Cassation Was Wrong and the ECJ was right’
  • 18:15-18:50 - Dr Tom O’Shea, Queen Mary University of London: ‘Legal Certainty and Taxation in the EU’
  • 18:50 - Chairman’s Closing Remarks

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9th Annual Avoir Fiscal Anniversary EU Tax Conference Organising Committee


Please refer to the map for directions to the venue.

CPD Points

This event is accredited for 8.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points.

How to Book

To register, please visit the Queen Mary e-shop page.

Fee Information

  • Standard registration - £100.00
  • Discounted fee for delegates registered for the International Tax Guest Lecture on 30 January - £85.00
  • ADIT Candidates - £50.00
  • Queen Mary students / HMRC - £30.00

We offer a discount of 10% for CIOT (Chartered Institute of Taxation) members. 


Ms Katherine Zaim email k.zaim@qmul.ac.uk.

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