Kate is a Partner in Tax Advice and Controversy.. She specialises in advising on and resolving complex and high value tax disputes.

Kate’s practice covers the full life cycle of a tax matter and she advises on both direct and indirect taxes and excise duties. She assists clients with corporate tax risk and compliance issues, internal corporate investigations, managing civil enquiries and criminal investigations by HM Revenue and Customs, responding to information requests, and resolving disputes either through negotiation or litigation. She has significant experience in conducting tax appeals at all levels of the court including the First-Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She also advises on non-tax focused enquiries where HMRC is the investigative or supervisory agency, including export control and AML issues.

Kate is ranked as a “Next Generation” lawyer for Tax Litigation and Investigations in Legal 500 2018, and she is commended as “up and coming” in Chambers UK 2019 where she is described as a "future superstar” who is “great with clients”, “super efficient” and has “very good judgement."

She is a contributing author to the Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2018 publication – an extensive collection of articles on key topics including competition, individual accountability, financial crime, data protection, MiFID II and much more.

Representative Experience

Recent examples of Kate’s work include advising:

  • A number of multi-national groups on diverted profits tax and transfer pricing enquiries opened by HMRC under COP8.
  • Hannover Leasing in an SDLT appeal to the First-tier Tribunal concerning the application of s75A FA 2003.
  • Various corporates on VAT repayment claims in the pension fund context.
  • A multi-national logistics group on a customs investigation and relevant compliance issues.
  • Hedge funds and corporates on enquiries by HMRC into the PAYE and NICs treatment of amounts paid to employees and directors.
  • A number of financial institutions and real estate firms on compliance with the corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.   
  • A multi-national chemicals group on a criminal investigation by HMRC Fraud Investigation Services and prosecution by the CPS into alleged breaches of the export control regime.