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Tax & Trust Advisers


London, United Kingdom

Advice type

Family offices


Legal - Dispute resolution

Legal - Tax, wills & trusts


Offshore services

Private office

Tax disputes

Client types

Business owners

Corporate clients



High-profile clients

Private clients

Geographical focus

United Kingdom

United States

Sector focus


Business and Consumer Services

Legal Advisory Services


Lisa Vanderheide


Spear's Review

Lisa Vanderheide is a director in tax litigation and investigations, advising clients on all aspects of their HMRC interactions. Whether there is a disagreement with HMRC regarding a technical issue, suspected tax fraud, or a client involved in a tax avoidance arrangement under enquiry needs assistance, she navigates the relationship between the client and HMRC to arrive at the best solution. Defining her approach as ‘collaborative’, she says that ‘success comes from good professional relationships. This applies equally to my interactions with HMRC.’

She describes her move from her 16-year role as tax inspector at HMRC to private practice as the most pivotal moment in her career. Her previous role gave her ‘a detailed understanding of how HMRC operates’.

Adviser Profile

Lisa Vanderheide is a Tax Director at Stewarts where she jointly leads the Tax Investigation team. Lisa has over thirty years of tax investigation and tax dispute experience, having trained as a Tax Inspector in HMRC where she spent 16 years and then moving to the private sector in 2002.

Lisa specialises in helping a wide range of clients with their HMRC tax issues, including individuals, partnerships and companies. She has particular experience dealing with suspected fraud enquiries ("COP 9"), large technical enquiries ("COP 8"), disclosure of tax irregularities, and assisting clients that have invested in tax avoidance arrangements.

Lisa regularly writes for the tax press and presents on tax dispute issues.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2020, Tax & Trust Advisers


5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF, United Kingdom



+44 20 7822 8000

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