Tax advice firm wins Supreme Court ruling against HM Revenue & Customs

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The boss of a firm that specialises in giving tax advice has won a Supreme Court fight with tax officials after featuring in newspaper articles about avoidance schemes.

Patrick McKenna, founder of the Ingenious Media group, had claimed that a senior official at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) abused his power when disclosing information to journalists.

He wanted a declaration that disclosures by David Hartnett were unlawful.

HMRC bosses disputed his claim.

A High Court judge and three Court of Appeal judges had ruled against Mr McKenna, but five Supreme Court justices have ruled in his favour after a hearing in London.