Specialises in commercial and chancery litigation, and undertakes work in the related fields of directors' disqualification and both direct and indirect taxation. Joanna’s practice also covers a number of complementary areas, including employment status (IR35) disputes together with applications for a wide range of interim remedies both in a commercial and an employment context.
Joanna is consistently recognised as a leading junior in her field by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, where she is recommended as being 'immensely bright' and 'very charismatic'. A 'highly intelligent, tenacious and responsive advocate,' 'her knowledge of the law and tactical awareness is superb.' She is 'charming with Judges but does not duck the difficult legal arguments.'
Appointed to the Attorney General's 'A' Panel of Counsel (regional).
Greenspace (UK) Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  EWCA Civ 106 - appeal against an assessment to VAT of £2.5 million; determination of whether the supply made by the Appellant was ‘insulation…for roofs’ within the meaning of Note 1(a), Group 2, Schedule 7A of VATA.
E-Zec Medical Transport Services Ltd & Others v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 302 (TC) – appeal by a number of providers of ambulance services. The appeal concerned whether the supplies were zero-rated for the purposes of VAT under Item 4(a), Group 8, Schedule 8 VATA 1994, as interpreted in accordance with Note 4D
Scanwell Logistics (UK) Limited v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 261 (TC) - appeal against an assessment to import VAT in the form of a C18 Post Clearance Demand Note for £5.7 million and associated decision that the appellant’s declared entries did not qualify for Onward Supply Relief.
All Answers Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 236 (TCC) - appeal against an assessment to VAT of circa £1 million; and determination of whether the appellant was an agent or principal to the contracts pursuant to which 'model essays' and other academic works were supplied.
Window to the Womb (Franchise) Ltd & Ors v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 00201 (TC) - whether the principal purpose of a supply of obstetric ultrasound scanning was the provision of medical care or simply 'baby bonding' and souvenir imagery; and whether there was a single composite supply thereby enabling all packages sold to fall within the VAT exemption.
The Core (Swindon) Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 301 (TCC) - classification of 'juice cleanse' programmes: whether standard rated as beverages or zero-rated as food.
Marlow Rowing Club v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 0020 (TCC) - whether the Appellant had a reasonable excuse for incorrectly filing a zero-rating certificate relating to the rebuilding of a clubhouse.
ULookUBook Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 000 (TC) - whether Card Payment Fees paid in relation to services comprising payments or transfers of money are exempt pursuant to Article 135(1)(d) of Directive 2006/112.
The Commissioners for HMRC v Jigsaw Medical Services Ltd  UKUT 222(TCC) - whether a supply of emergency ambulance services was zero-rated for the purposes of VAT. Led by Eleni Mitrophanous KC.
Cavendish Green Limited v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 66 (TCC) - whether a building was properly zero-rated or exempt for the purposes of VAT; and the circumstances in which new factual evidence can be introduced to the Upper Tribunal.
Kinnerton Confectionery Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 0382 (TC) - classification of an allergen free chocolate bar: whether standard rated as confectionery or zero-rated as food.
Brabners LLP v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 666 (TC) - whether property searches carried out by solicitors during the Conveyancing process are to be treated as disbursements.
Ocean Choice International Limited v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 289 (TC) – appeal against C18 Post Clearance Demand Note in relation to imports of prawn and shrimp. Appeal concerned end-use relief and issues of remission under the UCC.
Laurence Supply Co (Leather Goods) Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC (2023) - appeal against C18 Post Clearance Demand Note in relation to imports of fashion handbags.
The Commissioners for HMRC v Logfret (UK) Limited  EWCA Civ 569 - significant case relating to Directive 2008/118 on excise duty, focusing on the duration of duty-suspended movements of goods, the detection of irregularities in such movements, and the evidential requirements for demonstrating the end of a movement. Led by Jessica Simor KC.
Morgan James Ltd & Exeter Drinks Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 00151 (TC) - appeal against the decision of HMRC to refuse to approve the appellants' applications to be approved to trade in the wholesale of alcohol under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme.
The Commissioners for HMRC v Woodstream Europe Ltd  UKUT 0398 (TCC) - the first reported case in the UK concerning the excise duty provisions relating to denatured alcohol. Further considers the jurisdiction of the F-tT on a strike out application, and when a person will have standing to issue an appeal.
Murray v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 622 (TC) - strike out application further considering arguments relating to 'consumption and proportionality' following the earlier decision in Staniszewski.
Jemmett v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 677 (TC) - excise duty assessment and wrong-doing penalty imposed following fuel audit of haulage fleet.
Europackaging UK Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 160 (TC) - classification of Tesco 'blue ladybird' plastic bags. Issues of remission under the Community Customs Code.
FA v The Commissioners for HMRC (2022) - lead Counsel for HMRC in an appeal against a series of income tax assessments and penalties totalling circa £10 million.
Dr Peter Wilson v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 0239 (TCC) on the question of whether the appellant was an employee or member of an LLP; concerns a proper construction of s.863 of the Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 and its interaction with s.4(4) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000.
GK v The Commissioners for HMRC (2021) - appeal against a series of Discovery Assessments. Appeal relates to question of whether appellant was an employee or a member of an LLP.
J Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC (2021) - Off-payroll working (IR35) dispute involving a BBC radio presenter.
Northside Fleet Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 256 (TCC) – Upper Tribunal considered whether the First Tier Tribunal had followed the correct approach when denying input tax under Kittel principles; and also the circumstances in which a decision may be said to be perverse.
Lynton Exports (Alsager) Limited v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKFTT 224 (TC) – Kittel and Mecsek assessments totalling in excess of £10 million.
Revive Corporation Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 320 (TCC) - £1 million MTIC fraud relating to computer gaming products. Included the use of contra-trader schemes. Upper Tribunal decision focuses on the extent of reasoning to be provided by the First Tier Tribunal when considering whether the only possible explanation for the transactions was that they were connected to fraud.
Money Laundering Regulations
MT Global Limited v The Commissioners for HMRC (2021) - instructed as sole Counsel for HMRC in relation to an appeal against a record fine of £23.8 million imposed for breach of Money Laundering Regulations. Link to government press release is here.
Touma Foreign Exchange Ltd v The Commissioners for HMRC (2020) - instructed as sole Counsel for HMRC in relation to an appeal against a fine of £7.8 million imposed for breach of Money Laundering Regulations. Link to government press release is here.
Desmond Martin v The Commissioners for HMRC  UKUT 159 (TCC) - the first reported case in the UK on the construction of regulation 33 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007; whether the prohibition within that regulation applies only to businesses in existence when the register was established, and still unregistered six months later.
2018 - Attorney General's 'A' Panel (regional)
2007 - Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel
Revenue Bar Association
VAT Practitioners Group
Chancery Bar Association
Merton College, Oxford:
BA Jurisprudence (First Class Honours)
and MA (Oxon)
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