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


The new powers tackling promoters of avoidance schemes

Under new proposals in draft Finance Bill 2021, HMRC will have wider information powers and be able to impose tougher sanctions on those who continue to promote or enable tax avoidance schemes. Whilst a robust approach to tackle unacceptable behaviour by a minority of promoters is entirely welcome, the new rules would arguably impose unnecessary administrative burdens on those operating within the law.

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Draft Finance Bill 2020–21—promoters and enablers of tax avoidance schemes

Helen McGhee, senior associate at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, shares her insights on the Draft Finance Bill 2020–21 and its impact on promoters and enablers of tax avoidance schemes.

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The Price of Property

Helen McGhee looks at the present state of UK tax rules that must be considered when owning and disposing of UK property.

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