I am a chartered tax adviser, helping clients complete their tax returns and pay only what they need to HMRC. My clients are individuals, including people who are either not domiciled in the UK or not resident in the UK, and companies owning UK residential property.
I head up the tax compliance sub-team, and specialise in UK income tax and capital gains tax, particularly private residence relief, for wealthy individuals, individuals who are not domiciled in the UK, non-resident capital gains tax and Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) which is the annual charge that companies owning UK residential property have to pay. I also have experience in dealing with the Accelerated Payment Notices that HMRC can issue to a taxpayer where they have taken part in a tax planning scheme while the scheme is being tested in the courts.
What inspired you to get into law?
Unusually for a law firm, my team is actually more like an accountancy practice but with the benefit of the support of a large team of tax lawyers. Before coming to work for Irwin Mitchell I spent several years working for a regional firm of Chartered Accountants. I became a chartered tax adviser because when I was offered a trainee post I could have followed either general accountancy or tax but the tax partner at the firm told me that tax was more interesting. He was right!
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I particularly enjoy the international elements of my role and the technical challenges that working in tax can bring.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell for the wide variety of work and interesting clients and, with ever increasingly complex tax legislation, having a team of tax lawyers on hand when a technical question needs answering.
What do you do away from the office?
I enjoy gardening and looking after my dog, horses and sheep as well as spending time with my family, and fly fishing when the opportunity arises. I am also a school governor.