Independent UK and international tax advisers

Chown Dewhurst LLP1 brings together lawyers, economists and accountants to crack international tax problems. The principals are distinguished in their profession, and we work both for large and medium-sized companies, international families, investment funds, investment managers, and also for smaller, often closely-controlled, businesses, high-income individuals and mobile executives.

We have excellent international professional connections, being members of, and acting as secretariat to, the International Tax Specialist Group www.itsgnetwork.com, a non-exclusive group, together with a much wider informal network. ITSG members are, like us, recognised experts, giving us access to a wide range of talented people accustomed to working together to provide high quality, practical, and creative international tax advice on a worldwide basis.

John Chown is a founder of the Institute for Fiscal Studies www.ifs.org.uk while John Dewhurst is a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation www.tax.org.uk having formerly chaired their International Committee. Michael Cadesky, chairman of ITSG, is also a former international chairman of STEP www.step.org.

Our approach is to analyse the client's problem (which is not always what they thought it was) and find a tailored solution. We do not use ‘schemes’. As a client you will meet one or more individuals who will actually be handling the work, delegating and bringing in others as and when necessary. We are all capable of operating independently without the support of a large and expensive organisation.

1 The business was founded as J F Chown & Company Limited in 1962 and was reorganised into the then newly available form of a limited liability partnership in 2001.

Latest News

  • John Dewhurst is closely involved with the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers which recently acquired its Royal Charter. He is now the Renter Warden of the Company. He is also a director of the Tax Disciplinary Board.
  • John Chown attended the meetings of the Ad Hoc Council in London in January 2011 and in Budapest in June 2011. Last year, he visited Moscow and Bucharest with the Lord Mayor. The main topic of interest in Moscow was the proposal to develop an international capital market. John remains actively involved as “tax” member of the City of London Russia Group. In Bucharest, he was the round-up speaker at a seminar on Public Private Partnerships. Other continuing preoccupations are UK tax reform of the new government, the implications of the financial crisis and the future of European monetary union. See publications.