Martin Phelan

Tax Partner with William Fry Tax Advisors Ltd

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Martin is Head of William Fry Tax Advisors and a current board member of Taxand, a global tax network of which William Fry Tax Advisors is the exclusive Irish member firm. He has over 25 years' experience in advising on international tax in all sectors. Martin also specialises in tax controversy and litigation. Martin is a practicing Barrister, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. 

Martin is the current Secretary General of CFE Tax advisors Europe (Confederation Fiscal European) a Brussels based representative body of tax institute and chambers throughout Europe. Martin is a former President of the Irish Taxation Institute (2013). He represents the profession on taxation committees with industry, government and Revenue.

Martin has written extensively on taxation topics including co-author “Taxing Financial Transactions” (Irish Taxation Institute), Transfer Pricing Ireland (IBFD), Income Tax Treaties – Competent Authority Functions and Procedures of Selected Countries (H-K), Ireland (Bloomberg BNA) and he regularly speaks on international taxation topics in Ireland and overseas.

According to  Legal 500 2020"Martin Phelan is the top tax adviser in Ireland. Martin’s straight-talking, honest approach ensures that he is a go-to individual for any advice. Martin is an incredible resource." Another client adds that he is a "stand out Partner" and one of their " most valued business partners." 

Martin is described by market commentators as "technically superb and grounded in the basics."  Chambers Europe 2020

Martin is ranked in Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders in Corporate Tax 2019 for Ireland.

Martin is a highly experienced tax consultant who is best known for his expertise in international tax. "He's very bright," explains one satisfied client, elaborating: "It's his pragmatic solutions and ability to look beyond the immediate problems, even to give warnings ahead of time. We are able to run things by him and he's very accessible, which we find very helpful." Chambers Europe 2019

Martin receives praise from his clients for "ensuring a blend of a technical and practical approach which is very digestible to the client and is easy to implement as a result." He is well known in the market for his international tax expertise. Chambers Europe 2018

Martin is recognised in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Tax Law. 

In Chambers Europe 2017, international tax specialist Martin Phelan is described as a "top guy" and "very switched-on."

Martin is listed as one of Ireland's 'Tax Controversy Leaders' by the International Tax Review in 2016 and 2015.


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