Our tax experts

Meet the in-house and external writers, editors, and industry experts behind Croner-i tax products. 

In-house experts

Paul Robbins ACA, CTA

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 Relf MPhil, FCA, CTA

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. He continues to be involved with the CIOT as chair of the CIOT's Working Together committee. Stephen combines his role as a tax writer at Croner-i with day-to-day tax work as a director of Applause Accountancy Services Ltd.  

As Lead Technical Writer Stephen helps lead the team of writers.

Sarah Arnold FCA, CTA

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.

Mark Cawthron, LLB, Solicitor, CTA

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 Clift BA (Hons), CTA

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 Davies MA (Cantab) ACA

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.

Sarah Kay BSc (Hons), PhD, CTA

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 Kronbergs
Zigurds Kronbergs BSc ARCS MA ACA FCCA

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.

Stephanie Webber ACA, CTA

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 Wilson CTA

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.

External Experts

Allan Cinnamon
Allan Cinnamon

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 CCH Worldwide Tax Guide and Croner-i, Practical International Tax Planning for UK Businesses.  He has also written many articles on international tax planning including a regular series on tax treaties for Croner-i.

Glyn Fullelove
Glyn Fullelove

Glyn 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 will step up to the role of President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. 

Jon Fursdon
Jon Fursdon BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA

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.

Andrew Green
Andrew Green

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 published by Croner-i.

 

Phil Greatrex
Phil Greatrex

Phil 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.

Peter Rayney
Peter Rayney FCA CTA (Fellow) TEP

Peter 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. 

Jonathan Schwarz
Jonathan Schwarz

Jonathan is the author of Schwarz on Tax Treaties and consulting editor to the British Tax Treaty Library. His 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. See www.taxbarristers.com.

He is a visiting Professor at King’s College London where he is the International Tax Law LLM programme director.

He has been listed as a leading tax Barrister in both the Legal 500 and Chambers' Guide to the Legal Profession.

Neil Warren
Neil Warren CTA(Fellow), ATT, FMAAT

Neil Warren is an independent VAT consultant and author who worked for Customs and Excise for 14 years until he set up his own tax and accountancy practice in 1997. He was also on the national tax speaking circuit for eight years, focusing on VAT update courses for accountants in practice. He is a past winner of the Taxation Awards 'Tax writer of the year'