Richard Brooks is a reporter with Private Eye magazine, writing mainly for the In the Back section.

 

In 2008 he won the Paul Foot award for work on a privatisation scandal at Britain's international development fund, CDC.He is a former tax inspector and has exposed tax avoidance at some of Britain's biggest companies, including the Vodafone scheme that sparked the UK Uncut protests.

 

He was a member of the Guardian's Tax Gap team in 2009 and also co-authored a report with ActionAid on tax avoidance in the developing world by British brewing company SABMiller.Richard recently wrote a book on Britain's tax avoidance epidemic and the government's complicity in it, The Great Tax Robbery.