I have been described as a gamekeeper turned poacher in the tax world, and as an ex-HMRC senior civil servant I do bring both unique insight and experience to my work as a tax barrister, now that I only represent taxpayers.
Tax legislation and its interpretation evolves very quickly, and I focus on practical solutions and on my clients’ specific needs and aims to offer a wider view on their particular unique issues, rather than restricting my advice to a narrow legal analysis only.
I am not an accountant yet I work with accountants to support their clients together, as well as with individuals, on a wide range of tax issues, from effective handling of HMRC enquiries, investigations and disclosures and Contract Disclosure Facility (CDF), to tax planning and private client work generally, along with advising about the taxation of companies and other business enterprises.
Beyond work, my family and my friends are my focus, singing in a choir and running in the countryside.
Take expert advice as soon as you can, don’t delay.
Share the full facts, as well as your needs and ambitions, with your advisers (it will help them advise you in a bespoke way).
If you don’t understand anything, just ask.
Why are you an employed barrister?
Wherever possible, I like to work with people and as part of a wider community and a team effort – I dislike isolation.
Where are you based?
My clients are based all over the UK and Europe and I enjoy much travel as part of my works (I like to meet clients face to face whenever possible). It is very helpful to me that HCR has eight offices across the UK.
Helping businesspeople navigate the complexities of HMRC’s procedures, including Code of Practice 9 or the Hansard procedure (COP9), is part of tax barrister Sarah Woodall’s brief – she has recently been involved in helping business owners take the right steps to deal with a tax fraud they admit to committing.view full case study
Mr and Mrs Thomas came to Sarah Woodall when they were denied the loss relief that they had expected, after losing loans of almost £1m in a business which they were trying to sustain.view full case study
The immediate impact of EU-imposed quotas on steel, especially the type imported into the UK as reinforcing bars, or rebars, called on Sarah Woodall’s experience and expertise in handling complex negotiations over customs tariffs.view full case study
Making a decision based on poor advice in the midst of a painful and stressful divorce to become involved in a disguised remuneration scheme led one divorcee to call on Sarah Woodall’s tax expertise to help her to resolve tax difficulties.view full case study