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Sarah Woodall, Head of Tax, Partner (Barrister)

Investigation, Regulation and Tax

Direct Dial: 03301 075 975
Mobile: 07384 118 426

A bit about me

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.

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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.

Where I work

Hear what our clients say about our Partner (Barrister), Head of Tax Sarah Woodall

Direct and effective tax help

Sarah Woodall’s tax advice came to the aid of a board member and business owner needing b...

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Cutting through red tape on stamp duty

Accountancy firm Howards Chartered Certified Accountants recently asked Sarah Woodall for urgent advice with a Stamp Duty...

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Disguised remuneration trust expert advice

Having worked with Sarah Woodall at HMRC, Jeremy Clarke-Morris, partner at Kendall Wadley accountants, knew she had...

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