Kathleen became the firm's Senior Partner on 1 July 2019 having been a partner in the Tax Department since 2001, and Head of the Tax Department from July 2007 to January 2017.
Private equity transactions expertise
Kathleen specialises in private equity transactions and regularly acts for both institutional investors and management teams. Much sought after by clients for her technical expertise and commercial outlook, Kathleen is regularly instructed on complex and innovative tax matters.
Equality and diversity in the legal sector
Throughout her career, Kathleen has been particularly dedicated to supporting equality and diversity in the legal sector, and as a member of Travers Smith’s Diversity & Inclusion Board, is one of the key drivers of the firm’s growing gender equality and diversity programme. Her mentoring role and promotion of gender equality is particularly evident in her own department, where six of the nine partners are female. Kathleen is also the first woman to hold the role of Senior Partner.
Kathleen was a member of the BVCA Tax Committee from 2002 to 2017 where she was regularly involved in discussions with HMRC on the BVCA's behalf. She sits on the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification as a Non-Executive Director, providing advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. Kathleen is also a frequent speaker at conferences.
Kathleen is individually recommended by Chambers and Partners UK, the Legal 500 and PLC as one of the City's leading tax practitioners. She is listed as a 'Leading Individual' in the Legal 500 2020 and an 'Eminent Practitioner' in Chambers and Partners 2020.