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Property Tax


19th October 2021 - Online Event

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Meet Our 2020 Speakers

Peter Rayney FCA CTA (Fellow) TEP (Chair)

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. His firm’s website can be found at www.peterrayney.co.uk

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 journals and books including the very popular “Rayney’s Tax Planning for Family and Owner Managed Companies” (Bloomsbury Professional). 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 immediate past chairman of the ICAEW Tax ‘s Technical Committee.

Chris Erwood

Chris Erwood is a highly technical and well respected tax practitioner with over 35 years' practical experience in the field of taxation reflecting a balanced mix of HMRC, Big 4 Accountancy and FTSE100 Industry background. Chris practices as an independent consultant through her own practice and specialises in complex Trust (onshore/offshore) and estate matters. She also acts as an expert witness and consultant to the legal and accountancy profession.

Chris is a popular and engaging circuit lecturer to both the professional and client audience and a regular contributor to technical journals. She is the author of several published capital taxes and Trust books to include the prime reference work “Agricultural, Business and Heritage Property Relief (Bloomsbury Professional)” which is now in its 8th edition.

A former long term tutor and external examiner on the STEP Diploma, Chris remains active within STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and is a longstanding branch committee member. She has been directly involved with the CIOT (Chartered Institute of Taxation) Chartered Tax Advisor exam programme since 2013.

Sarah Squires

Sarah is an English barrister, practising at Old Square Tax Chambers. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Sarah had significant corporate tax experience as a solicitor, having spent over 20 years working in leading City firms (including as partner) on a wide range of matters, both advisory and transactional.

Sarah’s practice is focused on general business, corporate and financing tax matters. In recent years, Sarah has been working as a consultant on tax policy for various trade and other representative bodies, particularly in the real estate sector. This has included involvement in the recent HMRC consultations on the changes to the UK tax treatment of non-resident landlords. Sarah is also a member of the Law Society’s Tax Law Committee.

Andy Richens

Andy Richens ATII has been a regular speaker on the professional conference circuit for over three decades, having previously introduced training programmes at two of the big 4 accountancy firms, specialising in personal and owner-managed business taxation. Most recently, he was a senior policy adviser to the Office of Tax Simplification from its inception, contributing to 13 reports to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This followed a period of nine years as tax technical director at Bishop Fleming accountants, based in the South West. Andy is a member of the Tax Professional Forum, advising on the tax policy delivery process to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Michael Ripley

Michael is a tax barrister at 11 New Square with more than 10 years of experience in resolving significant UK tax disputes by way of settlement and where necessary, litigation. He represents both taxpayers and HMRC in UK courts and tribunals and also has a broad advisory practice.

Prior to moving to the Bar, Michael qualified as a chartered accountant and was a manager in the tax department of a “Big 4” accountancy firm until 2006. Personal Profile

Sarah Black

Sarah is a barrister at 11 New Square who specialises in all areas of revenue law, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Her experience ranges from working, both led and unled, with individuals and small partnerships to large multi-national companies in a wide variety of matters in both direct and indirect taxes. Notable recent cases include Travel Document Services and Union Castle (Court of Appeal), South Eastern Power Networks (and others) and Davies (Upper Tribunal), and W Resources (First-tier Tribunal). Sarah also represents HMRC as a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel, and is an ADR-accredited civil and commercial mediator.” Personal Profile

Andrew Crossman

Andrew is a Tax Partner within BDO’s Real Estate and Construction group that comprises fifty five professionals and represents one of the largest dedicated Real Estate Tax teams in the country.

Andrew is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.  Andrew is also a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group.  Andrew has also authored the publication “Property Tax Planning”.

Andrew specialises in the property tax issues relevant principally to funds and privately owned business with a particular focus on:-

  • Complex HMRC enquiries;
  • Residential property development and investment schemes;
  • Inbound property investment;
  • Group reorganisations and simplifications;
  • Debt purchases, releases and swaps.