Dr Amy Lawton
Amy Lawton is a Lecturer in Tax Law at Edinburgh Law School. Prior to joining the School in 2021, she was a Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University where she founded the first UK-based Tax Clinic. The North West Tax Clinic went on to save tens of thousands of pounds for low-income individuals struggling with their tax affairs. She is passionate about community engagement and public education in tax.
Amy’s research interests broadly lie in tax and the environment. She is particularly interested in environmental taxation; clinical tax education and how tax is understood and perceived in the UK. Her recent work has explored how university students engage with a clinical education in tax, value creation in the UK, and how environmental taxation can be used to drive behavioral change in businesses in relation to energy consumption. Amy is an empirical researcher and her current project looks to how tax professionals perceive and understand taxes.
Amy is the 2020 Abe Greenbaum Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales and she is the editor of the Wills and Trusts Law Reports. Amy co-convenes the Tax Law stream at the Society of Legal Scholars annual conference and the Environmental Law stream at the Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference. She also participates in HMRC’s Guidance Strategy Forums and has hosted a number of events and roundtables on clinical tax education in the UK.
PhD Supervision Interests
Amy would be particularly interested in PhD proposals under the following areas: tax law; environmental taxation; tax education; and tax policy.