Melanie Hall QC recognised as one of Accountancy Age’s “Women in Finance”

03 May 2019

Accountancy Age celebrates excellence in accountancy with the publication of rankings, which pinpoint professional development and exceptional achievement in practice and industry across the UK.

One such ranking is “Women in Finance” which was launched in 2018 to turn the spotlight on influential women across various sectors, including government, business, finance and accountancy, who are all leaders, trailblazers and transforming their respective fields. The 2018 list of twenty “Women in Finance” attracted so much interest that this year the list was extended to 35, all individuals ranked by an audience vote.

Monckton Chambers’ Melanie Hall QC enters the rankings for the first time this year, convincingly positioned by voters in the top half of the tables. She is the only QC ranked – indeed the only practising lawyer recognised in this elite grouping which includes CEOs, CFOs, Managing Partners, Government Ministers and leading academics.

This is what the researchers say about her:

“When Annie Lennox wrote ‘Sisters are doing it for themselves’, she may have had barrister Melanie Hall in mind. The pair co-founded charity The Circle in 2008. Hall is also on the editorial board for the Tax Journal and is a trustee of Somerset House.

Hall has been an acknowledged leader in the field of VAT for many years. She is part of Monckton Chambers, itself renowned for its indirect tax work. Hall is famous for the depth of her research. Her cases have made legal history, working for both HMRC and private clients.

She has defended the legality of the existence of VAT on hot takeaway food, the Aggregates Levy, the UK’s VAT Grouping legislation and the Landfill Tax.”

For further information of the Accountancy Age Women in Finance rankings click here.