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Applications for '40 under 40' for 2015 have now closed. We thank all applicants for their interest and are now beginning our research. The resulting guide will be published in early 2015.

What is '40 under 40' for 2015?

'40 under 40' for 2015 is our pick of 40 tax professionals based in the UK, under the age of 40 as at 1 January 2015. These successful individuals will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their careers to date, as verified by our independent researchers and by Tax Journal. 

Applications for inclusion in the guide are welcomed from individuals working in different practice areas in tax – both direct and indirect taxes – and from different working environments in the tax profession (including individuals working in practice, in-house, at the Tax Bar, and from government/HMRC). Applications must be received between 15 September and 31 October 2014.

To view our last guide with profiles of previous winners, click here.


  • 15 September to 31 October 2014: Submit your applications during this period. Tax Journal then conducts research to evaluate submissions and finalise winners.
  • February 2015: Publication of guide and reception for the winners.

Entry rules and procedures

  • Applications must be submitted using our standard form (to request form, email Additional materials will not be considered, so please do not send in supporting references. Completed application forms must be received by Tax Journal between 15 September 2014 to 31 October 2014.
  • Applicants must be tax professionals based in the UK. They must be under 40 years of age as at 1st January 2015.
  • Submissions are welcomed for individuals working in different practice areas in tax – both direct and indirect taxes – and from different work environments in the tax profession (including individuals working in practice, in-house, at HMRC / HM Treasury). 40 under 40 is not open to recruiters, marketers, conference promoters, business development specialists or full time journalists or technical writers.
  • In a change to the previous rules, previous winners (and applicants) are eligible to take part - provided they satisfy the other requirements.
  • The contact details of at least two (and no more than four) referees should be supplied for each individual nominated. Client referees are likely to carry more weight.
  • Shortlisted entrants may be asked to provide further information and to meet with a representative of Tax Journal.
  • Employees and office holders of Tax Journal and its publishing company, LexisNexis, are not eligible to enter.
  • No more than 5 individuals per organisation can apply. We ask organisations making more than one application to coordinate its entries. An organisation may wish to rank its applicants, but there is no requirement to do so (and Tax Journal is not bound by the organisation’s ranking).
  • Tax Journal’s decisions are made at its discretion and are final.
  • Applications are treated in confidence, but the content of any successful entry may be used for publicity purposes unless the entrant withholds their consent to this in writing. (The application form includes a section for client confidential information which will not be reproduced.)
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.
  • We regret that feedback cannot be provided on individual entries.
  • By submitting the application form, you are agreeing that you and your referees may be contacted by Tax Journal’s independent research team.
  • To help us manage and maintain the reputation of the ‘40 under 40’ guide, you must inform us about any negative media stories / malpractice or disciplinary issue or other event of which we should be aware that has occurred during the preceding 36 months. Such an event does not necessarily mean that your entry will be disallowed; however, if it is not disclosed your entry may be invalidated.

For the application form / further information, email

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