Sarah advises in all areas of revenue law, in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Her experience ranges from working with individuals and small partnerships to large multi-national companies. Her recent corporate work includes issues relating to the derecognition of loan relationships and derivative contracts, the application of anti-avoidance provisions, applications for closure notices, the SDLT and CGT implications on the incorporation of small partnerships, the availability of consortium relief, claims for research and development allowances, and the availability of capital allowances.
Sarah’s recent private client work includes advising on domicile status for inheritance tax purposes, travel and subsistence payments, application of the IR35 provisions, the taxation of compensation for wrongful birth claims, penalties, whether the grant of access rights over land would be capital or income, liability to council tax, and sole trader remuneration trusts.
Sarah’s recent VAT experience includes advising on zero-rating of building materials for the builders’ block, the VAT status of supplies of management services provided to a subsidiary, VAT surcharges, and input tax apportionment on a partial exemption special method.
Sarah also has experience of tax treaty work, including working on the notable case Anson v HMRC  UKSC 44 during her pupillage.
Sarah is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (C Panel).
Sarah is qualified to accept Public Access instructions.
Complementing her litigation experience, Sarah is an ADR accredited civil and commercial mediator. She also has experience of high value international arbitrations.
- Legal 500 (2022) – “Sarah is collaborative, insightful, diligent and thorough. She is professional and able to capture and expound legal positions in a holistic and succinct written style”
- Chambers and Partners (2022) – “She is very thorough, has a good eye for what the court will accept and has a good read of the room in hearings.”
- Nottingham University, Law with European Law (2008-2012)
- Charles University, Prague, EU law from a Czech perspective (2010-2011)
- BPP Law School, BPTC (Outstanding) (2012-2013)
- Called to the Bar 2013 The Honourable Society of Inner Temple
‘Determining whether risks are located inside or outside the UK for Insurance Premium Tax purposes (Tartaruga Insurance Ltd v HMRC)’– Lexis PSL case analysis, 16 February 2021
‘Payne: identifying a ‘goods vehicle” -Tax Journal, 19 October 2020
Contributor to EU Value Added Tax Law, published by Edward Elgar, 2020
Contributor to 6895 T.M., lncome Tax Treaties: Competent Authority Functions and Procedures of Selected
Countries (O-Z), Chapter 175, ‘The United Kingdom’
‘Inheritance tax: how an Old Master could help with life’s two certainties’ – Private Client Business, P.C.B. 2020, 2, 33-36
Speaker at The London Branch of the Chartered Institute of taxation and Assoication of Tax Technicians, Indirect Taxes Conference, 25 February 2020, “VAT case law update”
Contributor to Lexis Looseleaf – Chapters: ‘Post-death Tax Planning – Deeds of Variation and Disclaimers’, and ‘Variations, Disclaimers and other Post-death Rearrangements’
Contributor to Practical Law Notes on tax appeal procedure (Tax appeals: taking an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal; Tax appeals: overview of tribunal system; and Tax appeals: options for the unsuccessful party at first instance)
‘A case of great interest’ – Taxation, (16 November 2017)
UBS and DB Group Services: a departure from the conventional approach?  BTR 257
“Substantial Shareholding Exemptions – The Impact of the Finance Act Changes Explained”webinar – available from April 2019
Lexis Webinar, “The latest in VAT for general practitioners (2018)”
Speaker at MBL Seminars’ annual CGT conference Autumn 2018
Speaker at VPG annual conference Summer 2017
Sarah is always happy to accept speaking invitations, including at internal firm training seminars, or article/chapter requests.
Sarah Black has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (of 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST) on a world-wide basis and subject to the terms of cover: see http://www.barmutual.co.uk/.
VAT number: 226 801 520
Wickford Development Co Ltd – the application of the VAT “builder’s block”.
Royal Bank of Canada – the liability of the overseas bank to UK corproation tax on oil royalties. An important case on the scope of Article 6 (immoveable property) of the UK:Canada Double Tax Treaty.
Narinder Sambhi – claims for tax relief on travel and subsistence payments; whether a “substantial effect” on journey so construction sites were “temporary workplaces”.
Union Castle – tax treatment on the derecognition of derivative contracts. The application and scope of transfer pricing rules.
South Eastern Power Networks Plc (and others) – application for closure notice in the context of a consortium relief claim.
W Resources – whether supplies of management services made by a holding company to its subsidiaries were “for consideration” and thus taxable supplies.
Travel Document Services – treatment of loan relationship debits; whether an unallowable purpose for anti-avoidance rules.