Martin Phelan

Tax Partner with William Fry Tax Advisors Ltd

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Martin is Head of William Fry Tax Advisors. He has over 20 years' experience in advising on international tax. He is one of only six Irish tax professionals to be consistently ranked in the world’s top 250 tax professionals.

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.

Martin acts for a large portfolio of multinational clients of various taxation matters including State Street, Vanguard, Blackrock, Kennedy Wilson, Smurfit, and Digicel. 

Martin is a board member of Taxand.

Martin is a former President of the Irish Taxation Institute. He represents the profession on taxation committees with industry, government and Revenue.

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.

Leading consultant Martin Phelan is praised for "cutting to the chase" and being "technically very good." He is held in high regard for his expertise, especially in cases involving UK and US law, and projects in the real estate sector according to Chambers Global, 2015. In addition, Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 describe him as "extremely efficient and effective".

In Chambers Europe 2014 Martin is widely agreed to be one of the leading tax practitioners in Ireland. Clients appreciate that "he has his eye on the ball. He works with you one-on-one and has an ability to react very quickly."


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