Paul Robbins is the content and innovation manager for Croner-i Tax.
After graduating, Paul worked in the tax departments of two large firms now absorbed into the Big 4 before joining Croner-i as a tax technical writer specialising in corporates.
At Croner-i he has held various publishing posts whilst also managing the team of in-house tax writers and being lead technical editor on a number of core titles. He is now responsible for the quality and development of the Croner-i tax portfolio.
Stephen specialises in the tax affairs of owner-managed businesses. Before joining Croner-i, Stephen was Head of the Technical Team at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and before that he worked in practice, for PwC, and in industry, for Northern Rock.
Stephen has served as chair of the CIOT's Working Together committee and was a member of the advisory committee set up to assist the Office of Tax Simplification with their review of income tax and NICs.
As Lead Technical Writer Stephen helps lead the team of writers.
Sarah joined Croner-i in 2018 where she is reponsible for the tax news stories in Accountancy Daily and Tax Update and runs the tax legislation and treaty databases. Previously, Sarah worked as a freelance tax writer and tax adviser for a number of years and co-authored Taxation of Partnerships. Sarah trained as a Chartered Accountant initially as an auditor before joining a top 50 London LLP as PA to the senior tax partner. Sarah went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Adviser and moved back to the North East into a role as Director of Tax for a large independent regional practice before setting up her own tax consultancy specialising in the taxation of sportspersons. Sarah is experienced in advising high net worth individuals on all aspects of personal taxation including utilising trusts and the taxation of estates.
After graduation, Angela joined (then) HMC&E, training as a visiting VAT officer. Three years later she moved to Arthur Andersen to work as a VAT specialist within their tax practice.
Angela then spent ten years working as a Senior VAT Manager in Grant Thornton before setting up her own consultancy business providing specialist advice and training to small and medium sized accountancy clients. During this time, she also developed a specific interest in both the creative and charitable sectors, where she worked as a key adviser to a number of funding and mentoring organisations.
Mark is a tax lawyer and was formerly a partner in the City office of law firm Pinsent Masons (and its predecessor firms) from 1990 to 2007 and of the US law firm, Bryan Cave, from 2007 to 2010. He has wide experience of the corporate and business tax fields: M&A, corporate finance and restructurings; private equity; real estate investment and development; employee share incentives; employment arrangements and their termination; handling disputes with tax authorities. Mark writes tax commentary for Croner-i on residence and domicile, employee shares, real estate taxation, and double taxation, as well as authoring feature articles on a range of topics.
Julie has significant Big Four international and UK practice experience having worked at Arthur Andersen in their UK-US Expatriate team, Ernst & Young’s Entertainment and Media Group and Deloitte and Touche’s Tax Policy Group.
She was also Deputy Editor of The Tax Journal.
She writes in-depth and quick overview commentary on income tax and employment tax. Julie also prepares case reports for decisions released by the tribunals and courts for her commentary areas.
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse before moving to Northern Rock plc as Head of Tax. There he spent 16 years managing the bank’s tax planning, compliance and risk management activities in addition to numerous special projects including the conversion of the former building society to plc status; successful litigation before the special commissioners; and advising on the restructuring of the bank following the 2008 financial crisis. More lately Paul managed the global tax affairs of a fast growing venture capital-backed hi-tech communications company. Paul writes in-depth corporation tax content for Croner-i including loan relationships and derivative contracts; intangible fixed assets; reconstructions; transfer-pricing; anti-avoidance and other international issues.
Martin has recently joined Croner-i having spent the past 15 years as an adviser and team leader for the Tax & Payroll Advice Lines in our sister company, Croner Taxwise. A former National Insurance Inspector, Martin previously served nine years with the Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management (now the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals) as Training, Consultancy and Helpline Manager, where he had represented employers on a variety of government consultation committees. Although advising across all direct taxes, Martin is primarily an Employment Tax specialist. He is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians.
Sarah writes VAT commentary for Croner-i.
She trained with Ernst & Young as part of their indirect tax graduate training scheme and qualified as a CTA in 2001.
Since leaving Ernst & Young in 2004 she has worked for specialist VAT Consultancy firms helping a range of businesses to navigate round the increasingly complex VAT regime.
Zigurds joined Croner-i in June 2019, after many years of contributing to Croner publications as a freelance author. During his 40-year career in tax, after some years in the profession in London and Edinburgh, he has variously been Technical Editor of Simon’s Taxes and Tax Technical Officer for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, before a 19-year association with BDO (first as a tax writer for BDO Stoy Hayward and then as the BDO global network’s first International Tax Services Coordinator, based in Brussels), while continuing as a freelance tax writer. He combines his work with Croner with his ongoing role as European Tax Coordinator for Moore Stephens Europe.
At Croner-i, Zigurds is responsible for commentary on stamp taxes, national insurance contributions, capital allowances and transfer pricing.
Ben Saunders is a technical writer at Croner-i focusing on owner-managed businesses. He trained to become a Chartered Tax Adviser at PKF in Nottingham, whilst focusing on OMBs and their owners’ tax affairs. Ben subsequently worked in the large and international corporate team at PwC, where he was a member of their research and development tax relief network, and then as a personal tax adviser at UHY. Following on from this, he worked as an independent consultant helping small businesses make R&D tax relief claims.
In 2011, Ben moved into technical writing at LexisNexis. His main role was writing online guidance material for tax advisers to owner-managed businesses. Ben has also written for a number of prominent tax publications as well as authoring digests on R&D tax reliefs and OMB planning issues.
Following a career in tax training, Stephanie joined the CCH in-house writing team in the mid-1990s. After several years back in practice,where her main focus was owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals. followed by a career break in France, she spent a number of years doing freelance writing work before joining Croner-i in 2018.
She writes in-depth and quick overview commentary on capital gains tax, inheritance tax and trusts and pensions as well as preparing case reports for tribunal and court decisions in her commentary areas. She is also involved in writing new modules and updating existing ones for the Tax Workflow service.
Meg writes in-depth and quick overview commentary on the management of taxes. The commentary covers: direct tax compliance; HMRC’s powers and dealing with HMRC; measures to tackle tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering; tribunal procedures; and dispute resolution.
Meg also prepares case reports for tribunal and court decisions, eCPD modules and tax workflow modules for her commentary areas.
Meg has worked in tax for over 20 years, including working for KPMG and smaller accountancy firms.
Allan Cinnamon has specialised in international tax planning for more than 35 years in a long career with BDO as head of the firm’s international tax function and chairman of its International Tax Committee.
A well- known international tax expert, he now teaches and speaks on a wide range of international tax subjects, principally on cross border planning and tax treaties. Formerly a visiting teacher at Queen Mary, University of London and The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, he is currently a member of The Tax Faculty’s Large Business and International Tax Committee.
Publications include the CCH Worldwide Tax Guide and Allan has also written many articles on international tax planning including a regular series on tax treaties for Croner-i.
Allan is the author of Practical International Tax Planning.
Glyn Fullelove is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. He has worked in tax for over 30 years.
Glyn qualified with Arthur Andersen and was a partner and Head of International Tax for Robson Rhodes before moving into commerce in 1998. He then spent most of the next twenty years in Head of Tax roles in UK based quoted multi-national companies, most recently, until September 2018, with FTSE 100 group Informa PLC.
He is currently undertaking freelance writing and lecturing, and has been Chair of the Technical Committee of the Charters Institute of Taxation since 2016. In May 2019, Glyn became President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Phil Greatrex is a partner in CW Energy LLP and was a founding member of CW Energy in 1990. He is well known in the oil and gas industry as one of the leading tax advisers in this field. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in London after obtaining a mathematics degree from Southampton University. Phil has been providing tax advice to a wide range of clients, mainly in the oil and gas sector, on varied, and often complex, issues from cross-border corporate re-organisations, acquisitions and disposals and litigation.
Phil is a regular contributor of articles on various tax issues and has lectured extensively both within the profession and on outside courses. He has been a member of the BRINDEX tax committee since the late 1980′s, and has also been an active member of the UKOITC industry tax committee for many years.
Phil updates our Oil Taxation commentary.
Anton Lane is a Chartered Tax Adviser who has specialised in tax risk management for over two decades. He is well known and regarded in the tax industry as a leading specialist in managing tax investigations and HMRC disputes.
At the outset of his career, Anton was identified as having a particular expertise in problem solving and technical negotiations. He was requested to join EYs National tax Investigation solutions team in London where he spent several years working on complicated and high profile cases. The London team was all manned by ex HMRC investigators which was also a fantastic learning experience.
After working for Ernst and Young in Bristol, Anton joined an offshore fiduciary service provider (previously owned by one of the big four) before becoming an equity holder with a significant international practice.
Anton is now the owner and managing director of a specialist tax practice supporting other advisers and clients in relation to managing tax risks and investigations. He is also the author on Lane on Enquiries.
Jon Fursdon BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA is a specialist in corporate tax and the wider tax aspects of owner managed business. He was a tax partner with Deloitte until 2002 and then with Grant Thornton UK LLP until June 2008.
Jon now runs his own tax consultancy business, Prometheus Tax, advising clients and other firms of accountants on business related tax matters. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax Corporation Tax Technical Committee.
Jon updates our Tonnage Tax commentary.
Andrew Green has over 30 years’ experience providing tax depreciation advice and is recognised as a leading expert in his field. He is one of the few professionals working in this area who have dual qualification, being both a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is a long standing member of the Institute’s Property Taxes Sub-Committee and an associate member of the British Property Federation’s Tax Committee.
Andrew is a managing director in the European tax advisory practice at FTI Consulting, where he moved in 2011. Before that he was a director at Bourne Business Consulting and he was a partner at Crosher & James for over 14 years.
Andrew is the author of Green on Capital Allowances.
Peter Rayney practises as an independent tax consultant through his own practice, advising owner-managed companies, accountants, lawyers and tax practitioners on a wide range of tax issues. He specialises in company sales/acquisitions, reconstructions, succession planning and all aspects of owner managed business taxation.
He is always in demand as a tax lecturer and regularly contributes tax articles to the professional press. Peter is also an author of various books and journals including The Practical Corporate Tax Manual (Croner-i). He has won ‘Tax Writer of the year’ at the Taxation Awards an unprecedented three times.
Peter is Deputy President of the Chartered Institute Of Taxation and chairman of the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s Technical Committee.
Peter is the author of Rayney on Corporate Tax.
Jonathan Schwarz is an English Barrister at Temple Tax Chambers in London and is also a Canadian Barrister, a South African Advocate and an Irish Barrister. His practice focuses on international tax disputes as counsel and as an expert and advises on solving cross-border tax problems.
He is a visiting Professor at, King’s College London where he is Programme Director of the International Tax Law LLM and an IFA Permanent Scientific Committee member. See www.taxbarristers.com
He is the author of Schwarz on Tax Treaties and consulting editor to Croner-i UK Double Tax Treaties. He has been listed as a leading tax Barrister for international corporate tax, and particular expertise in transfer pricing. In the Chambers Guide he is commended for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of double tax treaties’ and described as “clearly amongst the best international tax barristers”. In Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2016, he is lauded for his “brilliant” handling of cross-border tax problems. In Chambers UK Bar 2018 he is “highly regarded for his expertise in international tax matters.” In the Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 he is rated as “the leading advisor on international tax treaty issues.”
Jonathan is the author of Schwarz on Tax Treaties.
Neil Warren is an independent VAT consultant and author and has worked in VAT for over 36 years. He spent 14 years as an inspector in HM Customs and Excise before setting up his own tax and accounting practice in 1997. As well as VAT consultancy work, he writes extensively on VAT for most of the leading tax publications in the UK. He was on the national tax speaking circuit for eight years until 2014.