Global Tax 50 2016: Judith Freedman
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Global Tax 50 2016: Judith Freedman

Pinsent Masons professor of tax law, University of Oxford; general editor of the British Tax Review; founding member of Women in Tax

Judith Freedman

Judith Freedman, pictured with CIOT President Bill Dodwell, was also in the Global Tax 50 2015

Judith Freedman is one of the Global Tax 50 entrants from the world of academia, who holds a wealth of tax knowledge and is a leading tax professor.

Freedman, a professor in the Oxford Law Faculty, was involved in establishing the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation (CBT) and is now its director of legal research and a member of its steering committee and advisory board.

This year, the Oxford Law Faculty, working with the CBT launched its new MSc master's course in taxation, designed by a combination of lawyers and economists, which welcomed its first students in September 2016 for the two-year part-time postgraduate degree.

A regular speaker and event organiser, Freedman gave this year's annual Chartered Tax Advisers' address. At the event, held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, she talked about "restoring trust" in the tax system. "We are currently on a trajectory that will increase transparency and regulation, but if transparency is increased without a commensurate increase in justified trust, the aims behind transparency (better tax collection, increased 'fairness') will not be served," Freedman said during her speech at the event. "We are likely to lower tax morale and raise distrust in the general population without necessarily increasing tax collection overall or improving its balance." Freedman's speech received many complements, and it even managed to strike a response from senior UK authority officials.

Freedman has also travelled abroad during the year to talk about various tax measures, including the general anti-tax avoidance rules (GAAR). In Tokyo, she spoke about the UK's experience and approach to GAAR, in Canberra about global corporate tax reform and in Sydney about the tax reform process.

Freedman is also a member of the tax law review committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and was involved in setting up, in 2015, a Women in Tax network that has gone from strength-to-strength, celebrating its first year of success in August 2016. The group raises the voice of women working in all spheres of tax and regularly holds skills development workshops, conferences and monthly breakfasts.

Freedman is also the general editor of the British Tax Review, which is published five times a year, and is on the editorial boards of several tax journals. In July 2016 she was elected a fellow of the British Academy for her work on taxation.

The Global Tax 50 2016

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The top 10 • Ranked in order of influence

1. Margrethe Vestager

2. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

3. Brexit

4. Arun Jaitley

5. Jacob Lew

6. Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet

7. Operation Zealots

8. Guy Verhofstadt

9. Theresa May (and the 'three Brexiteers')

10. Donald Trump

The remaining 40 • In alphabetic order

Kemi Adeosun

Piet Battiau

Elise Bean

Monica Bhatia

Allison Christians

Tim Cook

Rita de la Feria

Caroline Flint

Judith Freedman

Chrystia Freeland

Pravin Gordhan

Orrin Hatch

Meg Hillier

Mulyani Indrawati

Lou Jiwei

Paul Johnson

Stephanie Johnston

Chris Jordan

Pravind Jugnauth

Wang Jun

Jean-Claude Juncker

Kathleen Kerrigan

Christine Lagarde

Werner Langen

Jolyon Maugham

Angela Merkel

Narendra Modi

Will Morris

Michael Noonan

Grace Perez-Navarro

Platform for the Collaboration on Tax

Donato Raponi

Pascal Saint-Amans

Heather Self

Robert Stack

Tax Justice Network

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Transparency International

US Committee on Ways and Means

Rodrigo Valdés

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