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Michelle Sloane

Michelle Sloane specialises in the resolution of tax disputes and white collar crime. She advises both corporates and individuals on complex tax enquiries, tax assessments and criminal investigations.

Michelle has particular expertise in relation to VAT, and customs and excise duty disputes. Michelle has in-depth experience of high value appeals at all levels including before the Tax Tribunals, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union. Her expertise includes Judicial Review proceedings scrutinising HMRC’s conduct.

She also advises those facing HMRC criminal investigations, allegations of participating in missing trader intra-community fraud and assists clients manage urgent issues such as HMRC "dawn raids".

Before moving to the UK in 2006, Michelle worked for the New Zealand government as a tax investigator and legal adviser to the tax investigations team where she gained valuable insight into the decision making process of revenue authorities

Michelle has been recognised as Next Generation Partner for Customs and Excise and Tax Litigation and Investigations by The Legal 500 UK (2021). 

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"Michelle Sloane is a first-rate lawyer in this space. What she does not know in the tax/crime cross-over is not worth knowing. Her clients interests are extremely well protected, and she can ensure that whatever difficulty her client is facing, she will improve their position. She has a strong corporate understanding, and is widely recognised as a leader in her field. She was instructed in the Rangers football raid involving HMRC. She is tremendous. A strategic genius." - Legal 500 UK 2024

"Michelle is terrific. She's very knowledgeable and very understanding." - Chambers UK 2023

Up and Coming – Chambers UK 2022

"Michelle Sloane has broad experience representing a range of clients in income tax and VAT fraud cases. She is exceptional at bringing together the tax and fraud analysis." "She has exceptional knowledge of the subject matter and offers clear and concise information and presentations regarding the case." - Chambers UK 2022

"Michelle Sloane is another fine lawyer with a particular expertise in white-collar crime which makes her an essential part of the team." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Next Generation Partner - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Michelle Sloane has a particular reputation in relation to matters involved with white collar crime and provides a perspective on client affairs which is much-needed and rarely available." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Michelle Sloane has broad experience representing a range of clients in income tax and VAT fraud cases." - Chambers UK 2021

"She has a very good grasp of High Court tax litigation." - Chambers UK 2021

"She provides outstanding client care and representation." - Chambers UK 2021

Rising Star. - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

Next Generation Partner. - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Michelle Sloane and Adam Craggs communicate excellently. They are calm and reassuring." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Adam Craggs, Michelle Sloane and Alice Kemp have been excellent. You would expect a high level of technical knowledge from a firm such as RPC but the above have been very supportive and very easy to talk to." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

Michelle Sloane is "efficient, hard-working and astute," according to sources, who note that "she stops at nothing in the defence of her clients." She assists clients in relation to investigations of direct and indirect tax fraud. - Chambers 2020

"Technically excellent." - Legal 500 UK 2019

Prominent and commercially aware.Legal 500 UK 2017

Highly recommended in the Legal 500 UK 2017

"knows field of duties and tax inside out." - Legal 500 UK 2016


  • Honorary legal advisor to the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association

  • Secretary to the Customs Practitioners Group 

  • Women In Tax    

  • Fraud Lawyers Association (Committee Member)    

  • Female Fraud Forum (Secretary)