Helen joined JHA in 2016 as a Senior Associate, having qualified as a solicitor in 2009. She qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2012, a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners in 2015, and an Accredited Mediator at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2016. In the same year, Helen was named as one of the Top 35 under 35 by ePrivate Client and was awarded the prestigious Taxation award for a Rising Star.
Her practice focuses on the pre-litigation settlement of tax disputes, which includes managing complex tax disclosures and investigations. She is experienced at negotiating with HMRC on behalf of individuals and corporates. She specialises in the taxation of UK residents, non-UK domiciled high net worth individuals and also advises on employee benefit trusts, film schemes and the disclosure of non-compliant offshore structures.
Helen has litigated cases on residence, the interpretation of IR20, and the availability of business property relief and partnership tax before the First Tier Tribunal, Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court. She is also regularly instructed by divorce lawyers as an expert in divorce matters where tax will play a pivotal role in the division of assets.
Helen contributes several chapters to Bloomsbury’s Revenue Law: Principles and Practice, and has had numerous articles featured in leading tax publications including Taxation, Tax Adviser, Trolley’s Practical Tax Newsletter and Wolters Kluwer Global Tax Weekly.
Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 2009
Chartered Tax Adviser, 2012
Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioner, 2015
CEDR Accredited Mediator, 2016
Cardiff Law School – LPC (Distinction)
University of Maastricht – International Law and European Contract Law
University of Reading – LLB
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The Statutory Residence Test provides that an individual is considered to have spent a day in the UK if they are in the UK at the end of the day (midnight) subject to several exceptions, one of which is exceptional circumstances. The exception applies for 60 days only in any given tax year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC have provided example circumstances which are considered exceptional.Read More
HMRC Guidance on COVID-19 Part 1: Reasonable Excuse
In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, HMRC has released new guidance on taxpayer's failure to meet obligations. It has also set out the extent to which it will allow those seeking a review of, or appealing, an HMRC decision more time to do so.Read More
HMRC nudge letters
HMRC continues to fight the good fight in its quest to cut down on tax avoidance and have recently been issuing further “nudge” letters to taxpayers who may have an income source or assets producing gains overseas and consequently an undisclosed outstanding UK tax liability.Read More