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 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 Preparing Small and Micro Company Accounts, 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 ACAHelen MacNeill has worked in a variety of audit-related roles in BDO LLP and as a freelance technical author for 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 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.
James Waller BA (Hons) CA
James Waller is a technical writer for audit and accountancy at Croner-i. He qualified at Crowe Clark Whitehill in London, where he gained experience in auditing charities and larger corporate organisations. He also has experience of auditing a range of other clients, from travel agents, property developers, finance traders and manufacturing companies. He has also worked within industry, working as financial controller for a £5m turnover business.
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 Robbins ACA, CTA
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.
As Tax Content Manager he is now responsible for the quality and development of the 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, 'group' aspects for companies, 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.
|Stan Dencher BCom (Hons)|
After Stan had qualified as both a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser, and had spent nine years in practice, he joined Croner-i as a tax editor in 1984, working primarily on VAT publications. He wrote Personal Tax Losses and Personal Trading Losses and is co-author of Company Cars. For many years, he presented tax seminars for the ICAEW, the CIOT and training organisations all over the UK.
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.
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.
Lindsey Wicks BSc(Hons), ACA, CTA
After training as an auditor and qualifying as a chartered accountant, Lindsey joined Grant Thornton's tax practice and went on to qualify as a chartered tax adviser. Lindsey spent 15 years at Grant Thornton, progressing to leading the technical and quality and risk teams. She was then a freelance writer for a number of years before joining Croner-i in 2018. Her main specialism is business taxation but she covers a range of other topics including property income, investment income and the annual tax on enveloped dwellings.
Meg Wilson CTA
Meg writes in-depth and quick overview commentary about the management of taxes and National Insurance contributions (NICs). The management of taxes 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. The commentary on NICs covers: each of the classes of contribution; the difference between employed and self-employed earners; international issues; the treatment of particular occupations; compliance; investigations; enforcement; and a brief consideration of the benefits system and how NICs and benefits are linked. Meg also prepares case reports for decisions released by the tribunals and courts for her commentary areas. Meg has worked in tax for over 20 years, including working for KPMG and smaller accountancy firms.
Employment law specialist
Stuart Chamberlain LLM, BA (Hons) Dip ED