Our Experts

The combination of Croner-i expertise and award winning customer service ensures the best interests of our customers is at the forefront of everything we do.

We have dedicated teams of expert authors and content managers in tax, audit and accounting and employment law to ensure your information products are fully up to date, comprehensive and relevant. We also use a wide network of external authors and editorial panel members to enable links with current practice and areas of technical debate.

Credentials for our core expert teams are set out below.

Audit & accounting technical content team

Julia Bowyer ACA

Julia Bowyer is the Accounting and Audit Content Manager for CCH at Croner-i. Responsible for ensuring our content is relevant, accessible and technically strong, Julia is supported by an expert team of in-house technical authors and specialist external authors. Before joining Croner-i, Julia was at PwC for 17 years where she had experience of audit, accounting and structuring advice, technical helplines, reviews of listed financial statements and due diligence. With knowledge across company law, UK GAAP and IFRS, her specialist areas include real estate and infrastructure.

Anne Cowley ACA

Anne Cowley is senior technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i. She is author of a wide range of our products such as CCH Preparing Small and Micro Company Accounts, CCH Preparing FRS 102 Company Accounts and Model Accounts (MAC).  She has a wealth of technical knowledge and experience gained from working in ICAEW’s technical advisory service, advising chartered accountants on a wide range of technical and ethical issues, and in Deloitte’s central technical accounting and financial reporting team, where she was one of the firm’s central New UK GAAP specialists. Anne is a member of the ICAEW National Technical Advisory Committee.

Helen MacNeill ACA

Helen MacNeill has worked in a variety of audit-related roles in BDO LLP and as a freelance technical author for CCH Implementing GAAS. At Croner-i she is responsible for Private Company Audit System (PCAS) and other audit programmes, ensuring that technical changes are processed in real-time. At BDO LLP she was a core member of the technical department where she developed BDO’s audit automation tool and global audit manual. She also authored and delivered technical audit training materials and guidance for the UK audit teams. She has updated CCH Implementing GAAS for the last 6 years for changes in auditing standards and legislation. Helen is a member of ICAEW’s ISA panel.

Rachel Farris FCA CTA

In her technical writing role at Croner-i, Rachel Farris focuses on disclosure checklists (ICADC) and practice management products such as ELT. Starting her career in Deloitte’s audit department, she has followed a diverse path that has included working in the tax departments of Deloitte in the UK and PwC in New Zealand, giving her a real breadth of experience and expertise. Before joining Croner-i, Rachel worked in the accounting consulting team of PwC New Zealand, advising on a wide range of technical accounting issues under IFRS, specialising particularly in assets, share-based payments and not-for-profit entities.

David Stein MA

David Stein is the content editor for Company Reporting which tracks and monitors the application of IFRS and wider reporting practice in published financial statements. He has an in-depth knowledge of IFRS reporting requirements and extensive analytical skills developed over a more than 15 year career examining accounting practice.

Tax technical content team

Paul Davies ACA

Paul was educated at Cambridge University where he graduated with a degree in economics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, then became Head of Tax for Northern Rock where he spent 16 years managing the bank’s tax affairs and special tax projects ranging from the conversion from its former building society status to advising on the restructuring of the bank following the financial crisis. More lately Paul has experience of managing the worldwide tax affairs of a fast growing venture capital backed international hi-technology company in the communications sector.

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 corporate and business tax fields, particularly in: M&A; corporate finance and corporate restructurings; private equity (for institutional investors and management teams); real estate investment and development; employee share incentives; employment arrangements and their termination; handling disputes with tax authorities.

Stanley Dencher, BCom, FCA, CTA (Fellow), AIIT

Stanley was a practitioner for nine years before joining CCH as a technical editor in 1984, working primarily on VAT publications. He wrote Personal Trading Losses and is co-author of Company Cars, both published by CCH. For many years Stanley presented tax seminars for the ICAEW and CIOT and for training organisations all over the UK.

Stephen Relf Mphil FCA CTA

Stephen Relf Mphil FCA CTA

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser specialising 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). 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.   

Meg Wilson BA (Hons), CTA

Meg Wilson BA (Hons), CTA 

Meg is a technical writer for tax at Croner-i. She currently writes in-depth and quick overview commentary about the management of taxes and National Insurance contributions. Meg also prepares case reports for tax decisions released by the tribunals and courts. Meg has worked in tax for over 20 years, including working for KPMG and smaller accountancy firms.

Julie Clift BA (Hons), CTA

Julie Clift BA (Hons), CTA

Julie Clift is a senior tax writer at Croner-i. She has worked on some of CCH’s leading tax products including Tax Reporter, inheritance Tax Reporter, British Tax Guide and Tax Adviser. She now focuses on employment tax commentary in Tax Reporter and in our Overview coverage. She is a Chartered Tax Adviser, with Big Four international and UK practice experience. She has 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.

Paul Robbins BA (Hons), ACA, CTA

Paul Robbins BA (Hons), ACA, CTA

After graduating Paul worked in the tax departments of two large firms now absorbed into the Big 4 before joining CCH as a tax technical writer specialising in corporates.  At CCH he has held various publishing posts whilst also managing the team of in-house tax writers and being lead technical editor on the Red Book, the Tax Reporter, Tax Planning and Tax Workflow. As Tax Content Manager he is now responsible for the quality and development of the tax information portfolio.

Employment law specialist

Stuart Chamberlain LLM, BA (Hons) Dip ED
Stuart Chamberlain is senior employment law specialist and author at Croner-i Limited. He writes on a wide range of employment law topics for Croner-i Human Resources. His particular expertise in this field of law are TUPE and contracts of employment. Stuart is an experienced and popular lecturer in both the private and public sector.