Katherine Cousins

Position: Lecturer in Law
Email Address: k.o.cousins@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone:+44 (0)114 222 6810

Academic Profile

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Law in February 2019, where I specialise in the history of tax law. I am also currently in the final stages of my PhD at the University, which focuses on the role of commercial interests in the development of the first income taxes from legal, economic and socio-political perspectives. Prior to my PhD studies, I completed an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law, also at the University,and gained an undergraduate degree in Law at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.
During my PhD I also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School, where I taught on a range of private law modules such as Remedies in Private Law, and The Law of Obligations.


  • PhD (ongoing), The University of Sheffield
  • LLM Corporate and Commercial Law, The University of Sheffield
  • MA (Hons), Christ’s College, The University of Cambridge

Teaching and Learning

I approach teaching with heavy emphasis on student participation, as I believe that the best way to learn, process and critique is through discussion and debate. I also try to encourage students to consider the real-world implications of what they are learning, as I feel this is an invaluable skill not only in enhancing academic understanding, but also to take forward into future study and/or employment. As such, I place particular emphasis on critiquing the law from social, economic and political perspectives, and on problem-based learning. I feel that this way, students don’t learn the law in a ‘vacuum’ of doctrine and precedent alone, and instead begin to assess the law in its wider context.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Remedies in Private Law Critical Introduction to Tax Law
Property Law

Research Interests

  • Tax Law
  • Legal History
  • Economic History
  • Finance

I am a member of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law research cluster.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Tax Law
  • Legal History

Key Publications

Cousins, Katherine (2018) ‘The Failure of the First Income Tax: A Tale of Commercial Tax Evaders?’ The Journal of Legal History, 39(2), 157-186

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures (Last 2 years)

  • ‘The Income Tax Revived: A re-examination’ (poster) Cambridge History of Tax Law Conference, 9-10 July 2018, Cambridge: Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
  • ‘The First Income Tax: A Story of Commercial Tax Evasion’ Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, 7-8 September 2017, Dublin: Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Professional Activities & Recognition

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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