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.
Angela writes in-depth tax commentary for Croner-i on all VAT-related matters.
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.
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant and specialised in corporation tax 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 venture capital-backed hi-tech communications company. A former North-East tax adviser of the year, Paul writes in-depth corporation tax content for Croner-i including company reconstructions; distributions; company losses; chargeable gains; close companies and groups of companies.
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.
Glyn joined Croner-i in July 2020 after a period as a freelance tax writer and trainer. He chaired the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Technical committee from May 2016 to May 2019 and was President of the Institute from May 2019 to November 2020. In January 2021 he was appointed an Independent Advisor to HMRC’s Professional Standards Committee.
Martin joined Croner-i having spent the previous 15 years as an adviser and team leader with the Tax & Payroll Advice Lines in our sister company, Croner Taxwise. A former National Insurance Inspector, Martin also spent 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 Tax Coordinator, Europe for Moore Global.
At Croner-i, Zigurds is responsible for commentary on stamp taxes and ATED , pensions taxation and some aspects of income tax.
Sarah Laing is a Chartered Tax Adviser and has worked in tax for over 30 years.
Sarah originally worked for the former Inland Revenue in Newbury and Swindon Tax Offices. She moved into practice in 1991, where she qualified as a CTA in 1995. She has worked for both small and Big 5 firms.
She joined Croner-i in February 2021 having worked as a freelance author for many years providing technical writing services to the tax and accountancy professions.
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 25 years, including working for KPMG and smaller accountancy firms.
David has worked in a variety of compliance roles for HMRC for over 30 years prior to joining Croner Taxwise. He began his career as a VAT Compliance Officer before moving as a Computer Audit Officer to Large Business where he was responsible for VAT audits at some of the largest companies in the UK. Since then, he has worked as VAT Consultant specialising in Alcohol and Missing Trader fraud.
Paul has 32 years-worth of experience in VAT with HMRC. He has worked with many varied small, medium and large businesses and organisations, resolving varied VAT queries and dealing with compliance issues.
He has recent experience of assisting Academies and other complex partially exempt organisations with their calculation methods and declarations. He is also well-versed in working with Repayment Queries, VAT Refund claims and VAT Registration issues.
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.
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.
Andrew has focused on private client and trust related taxation throughout his career in accountancy. This includes tax planning for non-UK domiciliaries and their offshore trusts, as well as inheritance tax and capital gains tax consulting for shareholders in family companies. After more than 37 years’ experience with top 5 accountancy practices, Andrew now provides advice through AMC Tax Consulting Ltd. He continues to be closely involved with the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW and is actively interested in tax policy related issues. Andrew is a member of the Private Client Committee of the Tax Faculty as well as past Chair of the Capital Taxes and Trusts Working Group. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Taxation, a Trust & Estate Practitioner and Solicitor (non-practicing) as well as being a member of the ATT and an enthusiastic member of the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW.
Richard Dew is a barrister at Ten Old Square Chambers. He focusses on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related professional negligence. His practice is predominantly litigation, and he is frequently involved in large and complex claims. He also advises and represents in Court of Protection matters and provides expert advice in respect of tax and tax planning (principally capital taxation).
He is the Chair of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates SIG and an elected member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee. He is a member of STEP and ACTAPS.
Richard updates our Rossdale on Probate and Administration commentary.
Having spent a couple of decades providing employment taxes advice first to clients of KPMG and then Baker Tilly (now RSM), Lesley decided to put her theory into practice by moving into industry in 2016. She now works part-time as a subject-matter expert in a financial institution whilst continuing with freelance work when the opportunity arises. She sits on the CIOT's employment taxes subcommittee and is one of the few chartered tax advisers who is also a chartered member of the CIPD. She represents the CIOT on HMRC's IR35 Forum.
Lesley works on our Navigate Tax modules on Dealing with employment related issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharon McKie is a partner of McKie and Co (Advisory Services) LLP. She has developed a particular expertise in the management of complex tax enquiries and litigation. She is currently a member of both the Private Client (UK) Sub-Committee and the Private Client (International) Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
She was awarded the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Fellowship Medal for the best fellowship submission of the year in 2014.
Sharon is a joint author of McKie on Statutory Residence.
Simon McKie is a partner of McKie & Co (Advisory Services) LLP. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and also of both the Private Client (UK) Sub-Committee and the Private Client (International) Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is a former chairman of that Institute’s Capital Taxes Sub-Committee. He is an established tax author and has written and lectured widely on taxation. In no less than seven years he has been a finalist in the Taxation Awards ‘Tax Writer of the Year’.
Simon is a joint author of McKie on Statutory Residence.
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 President of the Chartered Institute Of Taxation and immediate past chair 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.
Ritchie Tout is a chartered tax adviser. Having qualified at KPMG, Ritchie spent 15 years at PwC providing tax advice to a wide range of listed, private equity backed and owner managed businesses. He is currently a member of the National Tax Technical team and head of the Tax Valuations practice at Mazars. Ritchie is also the current Chair of the South Wales Branch of the CIOT.
Ritchie’s particular interests are around M&A tax and corporate structures including all aspects of share ownership and share-based reward with tax valuation underpinning a lot of advice across these areas.
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.
Neil updates our Dencher on VAT.