Karen leads the Yorkshire and North East Tax Risk and Tax Disputes Resolution practice, as well as supporting clients with wider corporate compliance and advisory matters. Karen has a wide variety of client relationships ranging from individuals, trusts, privately-owned and private equity-backed business to listed and large multi-national corporates in the region.
Karen specialises in assisting companies, individuals and trusts in relation to tax risk, whether in response to HMRC enquiries or prompted issues, or in a proactive way to manage and minimise tax risk. The proactive side includes work across the Senior Accounting Officer and Publication of Tax Strategy regimes, the Corporate Criminal Offences legislation, HMRC’s Business Risk Review and looking at the effectiveness of a tax function and the tax control environment. On the reactive side Karen’s support for clients includes complex HMRC enquiries and anti-avoidance challenges (including Code of Practice 8 and 9 investigations), HMRC campaigns and voluntary disclosures including in relation to offshore matters.
Karen builds trusted relationships and more widely, advises clients on a range of tax issues, transactions, restructuring and developments across the taxes, aligning advice to the needs of each client and their personal/commercial agenda. Karen also participates in HMRC consultations around Tax Risk, most recently in relation to the proposed ‘Notification of Uncertain Tax Treatment by Large Businesses’ requirement.