Judith Freedman, CBE, FBA

Emeritus Professor of Tax Law and Policy


Judith Freedman is Emeritus Professor of Taxation Law and Policy, having been the inaugural Professor of Taxation Law in the University from 2001-2019.  She worked in the corporate tax department of Freshfields before joining the University of Surrey as a lecturer in law in 1980. She then moved to the London School of Economics (LSE) with a secondment to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies as Senior Research Fellow in Company and Commercial Law from 1989-92. Whilst at the LSE, she lectured and researched on tax and company law. At Oxford, her focus is taxation, particularly corporate and business taxation, with special interests in tax policy and design, small businesses, the interaction between law and accounting, tax avoidance, tax and corporate social responsibility, and the use of discretion in the administration of taxation.  She participated in the establishment of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and was its Director of Legal Research.  She also participated in the setting up of the MSc in Taxation in Oxford and was one of its first directors. She has served on a number of Law Society, DTI and Inland Revenue Committees and advisory groups and was a member of the Company Law Review's working party on small companies. She was on the Tax Avoidance Study Group appointed to report to the Exchequer Secretary on the question of a General Anti-avoidance Rule. She has held the Anton Philips Visiting Chair at the University of Tilburg and is an Adjunct Professor in the Australian School of Taxation and Business Law, University of New South Wales. She is the general editor of the British Tax Review and is on the editorial boards of the eJournal of Tax Research, The Australian Tax Review and The Tax Journal. She is a member of the Council and the Tax Law Review Committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and was one of the few lawyers contributing to the Mirrlees report 'Reforming the Tax System for the 21st Century. Judith was appointed a CBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours List for her services to tax research and as an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in January 2015 and in 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. 

She has now retired from employment in the University, but continues to contribute to the MSc in Taxation, is Chair of the Tax Law Review Committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a member of the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification, an independent Office of the UK's HM Treasury. She is an emeritus fellow of Worcester College and an associate scholar and Centre for Business Taxation International Research Fellow at the Said Business School. 

Further information about tax at Oxford can be found on the tax pages of the Faculty of Law website and the website of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation