Judith Freedman is Professor of Taxation Law and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She worked as a solicitor 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 University, her focus is taxation, particularly corporate and business taxation, but she has a continuing interest in related areas of corporate law, corporate governance and the interaction between law and accounting and small businesses.
She participated in the establishment of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and is now its Director of Legal Research and a member of its Steering Committee and Advisory Board. She has served on a number of Law Society, Department of Trade and Industry and HM Revenue and Customs committees and advisory groups and was a member of the Company Law Review's working party on small companies. She was a member of the Office of Tax Simplification Consultative Committee on Small Business Taxation and the Aaronson Tax Avoidance Study Group appointed to report to the Exchequer Secretary on the introduction of a General Anti-avoidance Rule. She is the general editor of the British Tax Review and is on the editorial boards of the Modern Law Review, the eJournal of Tax Research, The Canadian Tax Journal, The Australian Tax Review and The Tax Journal. She is a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and a member of the IFS Tax Law Review Committee, and was one of the few lawyers contributing to the Mirrlees report Reforming the Tax System for the 21st Century.
In the UK's 2013 New Year's Honours List, Judith was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to Tax Research.