Karen Hughes > Hogan Lovells International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Work Department

Tax (London (Firms))




With a passion for problem solving, Karen combines both knowledge and energy in tackling complex tax issues for her clients. Seen by her clients as the ‘go to’ person for corporate tax advice in M&A, business restructurings and international tax planning, she enjoys a challenge and rises to it. In an area renowned for its complexity and constant change, she cuts through all that. She understands how precious time is in the modern world. Nobody wants to wade through dense tax advice – it is about getting to the solution! The result is tax clients who value her clear and incisive approach and business clients who applaud her ‘non-techie’ talk.

She has most definitely earned her reputation as ‘the acceptable face of tax’. It is then no surprise that her talents have been recognized, leading the teams which won the International Tax Review prestigious awards of ‘European M&A Tax Deal of the Year 2014’ and ‘European Joint Venture Tax Deal of the Year 2015’.

Chambers describes her as ‘switched-on’ and ‘a star in her own right’ who ‘works tirelessly to deliver what is needed’. Legal 500 says that she combines ‘excellent technical capabilities’ with a ‘broad knowledge of business’ to give ‘insightful advice’. Karen is also a member of the Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Leadership Committee, a global management team focused on the business strategy of the worldwide Corporate Group.


LL.B., University of Manchester;
M.Phil., University of Manchester;

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Hall of Fame)

Karen HughesHogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s team uses the firm’s global office network to advise clients on the tax aspects of complex cross-jurisdictional transactions. This advice is augmented by a strong transfer pricing service that includes compliance and disputes capabilities. Other areas of expertise include real estate and finance-related taxation. The department is led by Elliot Weston, who principally advises institutional investors, lenders, corporations, and investment managers in the real estate sector. Co-head of the global tax practice Karen Hughes focuses on tax related to commercial transactions. Philip Harle, who led the London team until 2018, has extensive experience in acquisitions and disposals.

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a sector-based approach to VAT and indirect tax. Elliot Weston focuses on SDLT and VAT issues on real estate and investment funds transactions, while Rupert Shiers (who leads the team following the 2018 departure of Lee Squires to Grant Thronton) is instructed by clients in the tech sector. Alongside Weston and Shiers, Karen Hughes has experience in VAT and pensions and Philip Harle is an expert in VAT on securitisations.