Zizhen Yang > Chambers of Kevin Prosser KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Kevin Prosser KC
Pump Court Tax Chambers

Living Wage


Possessing a depth of experience across the spectrum of tax issues, in addition to experience in commercial matters,  Zizhen is particularly well noted for her extensive experience in indirect tax.  Her practice has spanned a number of high-profile cases, most recently in VAT, landfill tax and SDLT, in addition to other areas.

As well as a wide-ranging advisory practice, Zizhen has a wealth of litigation experience in both trial and appellate advocacy, having appeared as the advocate in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Upper Tribunal, and the First-tier Tribunal, as well as having appeared in the European Court of Justice.

Zizhen is happy to accept instructions under the Joint Advisory Scheme and Special Advocacy Scheme.  She is also qualified to accept Public Access instructions


Called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn).

Pupillage: Pump Court Tax Chambers (July – October 2010); Serle Court (October 2009 – July 2010).

2010 – date
Tenant (Pump Court Tax Chambers).

6-month secondment at Slaughter and May (tax department).


Chinese (Mandarin) (bilingual)
French (basic)


Revenue Bar Association.


Called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn).

Bar Vocational Course, City Law School — Outstanding
Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn); Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn); Barstow Scholarship (City Law School); Busfield Prize (ICLR).

CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law, City University London — Distinction
Lord Bowen Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn); Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn); Serle Court Essay Prize for Equity and Trusts.

PhD and Post-doctoral work in molecular immunology, Trinity College, Cambridge and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
MRC Pre-doctoral Fellowship; Trinity College Research Scholarship.

MA (Cantab)

BA (Hons) Natural Sciences, Trinity College, Cambridge — First Class
Trinity College Examination Prize (2001–2003); Trinity College Senior Scholarship (2001–2003); Percy Pemberton Prize (Trinity College); De Lancey Scholarship (Trinity College).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Zizhen Yang – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Zizhen has a phenomenal understanding and knowledge of not just the VAT legislation, but all the rules and guidance notes too. She is an exemplary lawyer with a keen intellect.’

Pump Court Tax Chambers is highlighted by clients as ‘one of the top tax chambers in the country and a go-to for the most complex of tax cases’, including both contentious and advisory matters. Key areas of strength for the set include VAT-related mandates in the charity, the financial services and healthcare sectors, gaming, and insurance. The set is home to notable silks such as David Milne KCKevin Prosser KC and Andrew Hitchmough KC, as well as Rupert Baldry KC, who has expertise in indirect tax, encompassing VAT stamp taxes and customs duties, as well as more specialist areas, such as aggregates levy. Zizhen Yang has notable expertise in VAT and landfill tax matters, and she acted for Devon Waste Management and Biffa Waste Services against HMRC in a complex landfill tax case in the Court of Appeal regarding whether the layer of residual waste used by landfill operators to line cells was liable to be taxed. Barbara Belgrano also represents clients before the higher UK courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and matters in the gambling sector are areas of strength for Laura Poots.

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Zizhen Yang – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘A keen eye for detail, very collaborative in approach and incredibly clever – a real pleasure to work with.’