May Hen-Smith (Co-president) is a Leverhulme and Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Law). She is also a Post-Doctoral Researcher at McGill University (Law). She was formerly a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge (Jesus College). She is interested in offshore financial centres and is working on a 10-year longitudal study of women in offshore. May is actively involved in all aspects of international research and dialogue on anti-corruption, taxation, tax research in the social sciences, and fiscal anthropology of tax. She is interested in all things tax: 1) How it makes people behave, 2) How industries are formed around interpretation of it, and 3) How in the pursuit of 1) and 2) can influence the culture of indigenous populations. May studies British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean region: The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the British Virgin Islands, in order to understand how expatriates and indigenous populations have transformed themselves from maritime economies in to powerful finance-based economies, and what the future might hold for each of the three islands.
Research Interests: Offshore Financial Centres, Bitcoin and Distributed Ledgers
Guy Mulley (Co-president) is a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of tax law academics Professor Peter Harris and Dr Dominic de Cogan. Building on the experience that he has gained in the Civil Service, the City and consultancy (with, amongst others, Ernst & Young and Deloitte), Guy is examining the UK tax law relating to employment. Guy has an LLB (Hons) undergraduate law degree. He also has an MSc in Management, where his dissertation explored the impact of employee share schemes in unquoted UK companies. He has been a frequent presenter at business conferences, on a variety of employer issues, and he lectured for several years in the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University on Employee Reward and other Human Resources topics. As a qualified rugby and football referee, Guy is also interested in the impact of culture on the difference between law in theory and law in practice. In 2018 Darwin College made its first ever appearance on the long-running BBC TV quiz show University Challenge and Guy was a member of that debutant team – infamously getting a law question wrong!
Peter Allen is a Chartered Tax Adviser, qualified accountant and visiting guest tax lecturer at Bournemouth and Central Lancashire Universities. His research for ICAEW looked into the longer term future of the UK’s tax system both as regards individual taxes and the system as a whole. Peter has a personal interest in and has been a guest speaker on aspects of the history of taxation. He was recently appointed as HM Treasury ‘senior policy adviser’ role at the Office of Tax Simplification. He met the group while in his previous tax policy research and academia liaison role with the Tax Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). He originally made presentations to the group on the work and specific projects undertaken at the Tax Faculty and became and remains a regular member.
Dr Alexis Brassey is a PhD candidate in law at the University of Cambridge. His main areas of interest are tax, constitutional law and jurisprudence. His current research is focussed on the General Anti Abuse Rule, GAAR (FA 2013, ss206-215) and the rule of law. This research investigates the GAAR by examining the extent to which general principles of law interact with concepts such as legal certainty. Alex holds a MA in Philosophy from Kings College, London, a LLM in Corporate Law from the College of Law and a PhD in Psychology from IoE, UCL. He is a qualified teacher, solicitor, notary and fund manager. He spent many years in the City of London working in senior management for a number of investment banks such as Lehman Brothers, Citibank, Sakura Bank, BZW (Barclays Capital) and SMFC.
Professor Morten Broberg is a visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre. He is a Professor of International Development Law at the University of Copenhagen and holds the Faculty’s Jean Monnet Chair (the European Union and the Developing Countries). Professor Broberg’s research is focused upon European Union law in general as well as on the relations between the European Union and the developing countries. During his stay at the Lauterpacht Centre, Professor Broberg will primarily work on an analysis of the regulation of the European Union’s relations with the developing countries; with regards to development assistance and humanitarian aid as well as with regards to trade.
Research Interests: Legal aspects of EU-developing countries relations
Dr. Dominic de Cogan is a University Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. He was previously a Leverhulme funded Early Career Research Fellow at Birmingham Law School (to 2014), a PhD candidate at Downing College, Cambridge (to 2011) and a Tax Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cambridge, Birmingham and London (to 2008). His research interests centre on the interactions between tax law, public law and political theory, especially as they play out over extended periods of time (see eg Tax Law, State Building and the Constitution (Oxford: Hart, 2020). Dominic teaches Tax Law & Policy, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Equity and the Law of Succession. Outside work, Dominic is a keen amateur musician and father to an enthusiastic 10 year old.
Research Interests: Tax Administration, Tax Law, Tax History, Political Theory, Local Government
Dr. Alfred Duncan is a Lecturer in Financial Economics at the University of Kent. Alfred’s research interests include macroeconomics and public finance, including the interaction between tax policies and the frequency and magnitude of financial crises. Alfred has professional experience in fixed income and regulation relating to the financial sector and network industries.
Research Interests: Economics, Macroeconomics, Banking and Finance, Financial Stability
Chris Jenkins is a PhD candidate in law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has three main areas of expertise: Private International Law, taxation, and Indian legal history. Combining these interests, his current research uncovers historical examples of the processes and structures of interactions between legal systems, usefully compared with the EU. His research is entitled: ‘A Stream of Tendency’: The Evolution of Interactions between Legal Systems in Colonial India. It focuses on the legal interactions between British India and the semi-independent Princely States, singling out the regime for the free movement of ‘foreign’ commercial judgments and relief from double taxation as examples of a ‘tendency’ towards common or interlocking laws and institutions.
Chris graduated with a BCom (Economics) and a LLB (Hons) from Auckland University, New Zealand, in 2011. He then worked as a solicitor in the litigation and tax teams at Russell McVeagh, Auckland, leaving in 2012 to undertake postgraduate studies as a Woolf Fisher Scholar at Cambridge University. He completed his LLM in 2013, with his thesis supervised by Professor Peter Harris, and stayed on as a PhD candidate, under the supervision of Professor Christopher Forsyth.
His other research interests include the history of the Indian income tax, and the interpretation of tax statutes, as well as Commonwealth legal history, especially examples of legal co-ordination.
Research interests: Private International Law, taxation, legal history, tax treaties, Indian taxation, tax avoidance.
Dr. Matteo Mantovani is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge. He previously was at the University of Perugia where he graduated in Economics, completed his PhD in Economics and read Economy of the EU and Land Economy. He also gained an MA in taxation from the University of London. He became a chartered accountant and worked as a tax advisor for more than a decade in a Rome-based Tax Law Firm where he is still an associate specialising in VAT. He has been a consultant in both the private and the public sector and in 2014 was appointed as a deputy member of the EU Commission VAT Expert Group. Matteo’s research interests include the interaction of VAT systems across the world with specific reference to the implementation of the destination principle, the exploitation of offshore business structures, the fight against international fraud and the BEPS phenomenon, the taxation of digital economy and intangible assets in a cross border scenario.
Research Interests: VAT and European Tax Law
Dr Bernhard Reinsberg is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Business Research at University of Cambridge. His research activities broadly cover the political economy of international organisations. One of his projects (jointly with Lawrence King, Alexander Kentikelenis, and Thomas Stubbs) examines the effectiveness of International Monetary Fund programs in developing countries, specifically the impact of conditionality on tax administration, tax policy, and tax revenue.
Kim Willey is a legal consultant and sessional instructor at the Law Faculty of the University of Victoria. Kim has an LL.B. and M.B.A from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall at York University in Toronto, Canada. Kim’s completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall College in 2019. Her research was in the area of corporate law and focused on short-termism in equity markets. Specifically, Kim looked into the assertion that equity markets are becoming increasingly myopic and focused on short-term financial results at the expense of long-term value creation. Kim’s work in this area included analyzing reform proposals which intend to use tax policy, in particular financial transaction taxes and capital gains reductions, to counter the perceived harms of short-termism. Kim has over a decade in private practice as a corporate lawyer advising clients on international transactions, both in Bermuda and Canada. She was the former co-president of the Cambridge Tax Discussion Group.
Research Interests: Corporate Transactions and Taxation