Kathleen Russ was appointed Travers Smith’s Senior Partner on 1 July 2019, having been a partner in the Tax Department since 2001, and Head of the Tax Department from July 2007 to January 2017. Kathleen specialises in private equity transactions and has experience acting for both institutional investors and management teams. She was a member of the BVCA Tax Committee from 2002 to 2017 where she was regularly involved in discussions with HMRC on the BVCA's behalf. She sits on the Board of the Office of Tax Simplification as a Non-Executive Director, providing advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. Kathleen has occupied a strategic and leadership role in the firm, shaping and executing Travers Smith’s business strategy for a number of years, initially as a member of the firm's Partnership Board, and currently as its Chair. As Head of Travers Smith's Tax Department for almost ten years, she grew the department into one of the firm’s key business areas. It is currently one of the largest and most diverse tax departments in the City. Reflecting Kathleen long-standing commitment to promoting equality and diversity in the legal sector, she is also Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Board at Travers Smith.