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David Harkness


Clifford Chance, London
Practice area Tax
Sector Healthcare, life sciences & chemicals, Transport & logistics, Banks, Insurance
Tel +442070068949

David Harkness


David Harkness specialises in corporate and finance tax, advising on the taxation aspects of a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, corporate, commercial and financing transactions including domestic and international joint ventures, corporate restructuring and international tax planning.

David is also experienced in advising on tax disputes.

David is regularly ranked in the Top Band of Tax Lawyers (Chambers, Legal 500) in the UK and is consistently seen as a leading individual.

Career and qualifications

  • Sheffield University (LLB Law) 1986
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales 1989
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1987
  • Partner since 1996
  • Global Head of Tax, Pensions and Employment
  • Member of the Firm's Management Committee since 2006

Awards and citations

  • "David Harkness heads the firm's global tax group, and is widely recognised as one of the most outstanding individuals in the market. He was a key figure in the team's advice to Citigroup on its purchase of EMI."
    Source: Chambers UK 2013, Tax

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