Sarah has significant corporate tax experience as a solicitor, having spent over 20 years working in leading City firms. She started her professional career in the tax department of Linklaters, where she worked on a broad range of matters, both advisory and transactional. Following a move to Clifford Chance LLP in 2000, she became a partner in their tax group in 2002. There, her practice involved advising on a broad range of corporate transactions – including M&A, real estate and structured finance.
Sarah has been using her tax experience in the policy world. This includes working as a consultant on tax policy for various trade and other representative bodies, including CREFC Europe, the representative body for the real estate finance sector and the British Property Federation (BPF). This has involved discussions on both policy and legislation at senior levels within HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs.
In recent years policy work has included leading on submissions on the changes to substantial shareholding relief and corporation tax loss reform (for the BPF) and on proposed BEPS4 Interest restrictions and BEPS6 (treaty abuse) measures (for CFREC Europe). In the last year, as part of her role with the BPF, Sarah has been closely involved in the consultations on the changes to the tax treatment of non-residents who own UK property (namely the new charge to CGT, coming into effect in April 2019, the new special CGT funds regime and the move to corporation tax from April 2020).
Sarah’s practice is focused on general business and corporate tax matters.
Sarah was called to the Bar in July 2017.
- Member of Lincoln’s Inn.
- Member of the Tax Law Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales.
- Independent member of HM Revenue & Customs’ securitisation tax working group.
- Trustee of Toynbee Hall, a charity based in East London. She is also a member of Toynbee Hall’s recently formed Legal Advice and Capability Steering Group which has been set up to support the charity’s work in identifying ways to improve legal capability within the community.
- Chancery Bar Association
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