Field Court Tax Chambers

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highly creative, always pragmatic
Instructing Accountant – International Firm

Katherine Bullock

Call: 1988

Katherine advises on all areas of private client and corporate taxation, with a focus on business owning families, both domestic and international. Her practical experience and technical depth mean that she is uniquely placed to assist in resolving disputes and to develop compelling solutions. 

Recent advice includes structuring for entrepreneurs’ relief and business property relief, incorporation of property partnerships and the hybrid entity rules.  She has a particular interest in the taxation of land.

Prior to practice, she was a senior tax partner with two Big 4 Professional services firms.  Katherine accepts instructions via Public Access.

Obtained her law degree from St John’s College, Cambridge
Called to the Bar in 1988

Tax Partner (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and also UK Head of Private Client.  During this period, Katherine led the largest private client practice in the UK (2006 – 2015).

Tax Partner (Ernst & Young LLP) and also head of Europe, Middle East, India & Africa Private Client and UK Head of Family Business (2015 – 2018). 

Over this period, Katherine achieved Citywealth Magic Circle Best Accountancy Firm of the Year Award 2013 & 2015, STEP Accounting Team of the Year 2017 & 2018 and Tolley’s Taxation Awards Best Private Client Team 2018.

She was recognised as one of Private Client Practitioner’s ’50 Most Influential Private Client Advisers’ in 2013, 2014 and 2018 and as one of Spear’s 500 and Top 50 Tax Advisers in 2018.

Katherine returned to practice at the Bar at Field Court Tax Chambers in 2018.

Katherine is a member of:

  • Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
  • Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
  • Family Firm Institute
  • Revenue Bar Association
  • Lincoln’s Inn

Katherine has been appointed as the principal and head editor of Land Taxation taking over from the author Malcolm Gammie and the previous senior editor Jeremy De Souza and has embarked on the first major re-write of the text since 2006.

Katherine speaks regularly on a variety of topics.  Recent lectures include:

  • Non-domicile changes
  • Private Client updates
  • Principal private residence relief – recent changes
  • Ex-patriate update
  • Anti-avoidance legislation
  • Land taxation update
  • Corporate interest restriction

Katherine speaks at professional seminars and events and also at private updates in-house for various professional advisers.

Upcoming events:
May 2020: Chartered Institute of Taxation (Leeds) – Tax Update from the Bar

“Not only is her technical knowledge first rate, she has a wealth of practical experience and a strong sense of HMRC’s red lines which makes her invaluable in assisting in resolving disputes.  She is highly creative, and able to apply her intellect to develop compelling solutions to problems, always pragmatic and commercial in her thinking – definitely one to use for brainstorming.”
Instructing Accountant – International Firm

“The value that Katherine brings to our work together is a high degree of professionalism and the ability to explain complex problems and a range of solutions so that the non-professional can understand the problem and proposed solution. Her key strength is that she is able to refine solutions quickly and efficiently which of course any client is happy about both in terms of time and cost. Katherine very quickly becomes part of the team.”
CEO of Family Office – Sunday Times Rich List

“I have to say that working with you has always been a true pleasure. You are professionally of course very sharp and talented. But more importantly, you are a person who is socially talented and absolutely trustworthy with impeccable moral standing. A rare characteristic these days.”
Instructing Solicitor

Ms Bullock practices as a barrister as a member of Field Court Tax Chambers and offers her services to clients subject to and in accordance with the Code of Conduct of the Bar. VAT Registration Number GB 301 364 744

The following are invited to contact Ms Bullock on kb@fieldtax.com or the practice managers at Field Court Tax Chambers on 020 3693 3700 or e-mail st@fieldtax.com or mb@feildtax.com for a quote for Ms Bullock’s services:

  • Solicitors or other practising lawyers;
  • Licensed Access clients, who may either hold a licence issued by the Bar Standards Board, or be a member of a professional body which has been recognised by the Bar Standards Board; and
  • Members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister under the Public Access scheme.

We will provide you with a quote as soon as possible. We always aim to set out quotes clearly, but if you receive your quote and there is something you do not understand, please contact us.

Fees
Ms Bullock most often charges a fixed fee, but occasionally she will also undertake work based upon an hourly rate.  For more information, please contact the practice managers at Field Court Tax Chambers on 020 3693 3700 or e-mail st@fieldtax.com or mb@feildtax.com.

Timescale
Timescales may vary depending on factors such as Ms Bullock’s availability, the type and complexity of the work, the need for additional information or documents, the other side’s approach and court waiting times.

Public Access
Ms Bullock is authorised for direct access work and accepts instructions from members of the public on a case-by-case basis.  If you are a member of the public, you are strongly encouraged to review the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients HERE. This will help you to understand how the Public Access scheme works and explains how you can use it to instruct barristers directly.

Regulatory and Complaints Information
Ms Bullock is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. You can search the Barristers’ Register on the Bar Standards Board’s website: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers’-register/. This shows (1) whether a barrister has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy. Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk).

Our aim is to give you a good service at all times.  However, if you have a complaint you are invited to let us know as soon as possible by contacting the practice manager either in writing or by telephone.  If a complaint cannot be resolved informally by discussion with the practice manager, a professional or lay client is at liberty to make a formal complaint to the practice manager who will within 28 days and after discussion with the Head of Chambers send a reply.  If the client is not satisfied with the reply, he or she may take his or her complaint to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) – the independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response.

You can write to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) at:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ
Telephone number: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

More information about LeO is available on their website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

You must complain to LeO either within six years of your barrister’s actions/failures to act or no later than three years after you should reasonably have known there were grounds to complain.

You must also complain to LeO within six months of receiving your barrister’s final response to your complaint.

You can also search the decision data on LeO’s website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsmandecision-data. This shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months, and whether LeO required the provider to give the consumer a remedy. Alternatively, you can contact LeO on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this (or e-mail enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk).