Isabel has extensive experience in VAT, customs, excise and rating.

Listen to Isabel discuss Taxation and Human Rights on episode 93 and the use of Henry VIII powers on ep. 143 of our podcast Law Pod UK here.

Selected Cases

  • Parnham and Wild v HMRC (2020): Represented HMRC in case concerning strike out applications.
  • Adelekun v HMRC (2020): Acted for HMRC in case concerning jurisdiction and powers of the FtT when considering facts already determined by a previous FtT.
  • Realreed Ltd v HMRC (2020): Represented HMRC in FtT appeal and judicial review concerning accommodation supplies.
  • Paul Newey T/A Ocean Finance v HMRC (2015, 2018, 2019): led by Owain Thomas QC, acted for HMRC in this case concerning abuse of law in the field of VAT in the Upper Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and First Tier Tribunal upon remittal.
  • Universal Cycles Ltd, Brands Holdings Ltd & Retail Ltd v HMRC (2019): led by Owain Thomas QC, resisted an application for permission to bring judicial review challenging decisions relating to customs duty, anti-dumping duty and VAT on imported bicycles, acting for HMRC. The case is proceeding to trial in the First Tier Tribunal.
  • Sub One Ltd T/A Subway v HMRC (2012, 2014): led by Philippa Whipple QC for the Appellant company in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. The case involved issues of European law and domestic legislation concerning the VAT liability of the supply of takeaway food.
  • Wilmslow Financial Services Ltd v HMRC: acted for HMRC before the First Tier Tribunal in a case concerning characterisation of supplies and abuse of law in the context of an offshore structure, in the field of VAT.
  • Whittalls Wine Ltd, European Food Brokers Ltd v HMRC (2018): led by Stephen Nathan QC for HMRC in related appeals concerning the system of approvals for duty suspended alcohol pursuant to the Warehousekeepers and Owners of Registered Goods Regulations 1999.


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