Ximena Montes Manzano

Barrister at Temple Tax Chambers

Ximena is Taxation's 2014 "Rising Star".

Ximena takes a keen interest in all aspects of tax law with a particular focus on litigation and dispute resolution. Ximena has represented taxpayers in direct and indirect tax appeals in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal as well as Judicial Review proceedings and appeals to Higher Courts. Ximena was also appointed and appeared as a First-tier Tribunal Advocate (Amicus Curiae) in a test case about the nature and effect of a P800 form and the Tribunal's jurisdiction to hear public law arguments.

Ximena has been instructed three times (in 2010, 2013 and presently) by the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Association of Taxation Technicians and the joint professional bodies' working party on Professional Conduct to review and advise on the draft guidance on "Professional Conduct in relation to Taxation". In addition to insight on professional conduct matters, Ximena also has expertise on all areas of professional negligence with emphasis on limitation, date of knowledge, causation and mitigation issues.

Ximena is joint editor of the leading textbook Tiley & Collison's UK Tax Guide, a technical editor of CCH's Red and Green Books, a co-author of CCH's The General Anti-Abuse Rule 2013-2014 and an author in Taxation, Tax Adviser and Personal Tax Planning Review journals.

In previous years, Ximena has led discussion groups for members of various CIOT branches and lectured in professional conferences.