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40 under 40: the results for 2011/12

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Editor's introduction

I am delighted to introduce ’40 under 40’ for 2011/12, our pick of some of the best, young professionals working in tax. The competition for inclusion in this guide was intense – we received many more submissions than expected, and there wasn’t a single weak entry among them.

Everyone will have an opinion on who should be listed here, so to help us make the best selection a team of independent researchers evaluated all submissions, taking up client and employer references from major FTSE 100 companies to high net worth individuals.

We were, in general, looking for technical excellence, commercial nous and good client skills.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to all those who kindly supplied detailed references.

All the individuals profiled here come highly rated and if they are anything to go by, the future of the tax profession is in good hands.

Paul Stainforth, Editor, Tax Journal

>>> Read the full guide here with winners' profiles and market views



Tax Journal's 40 under 40 for 2011/12

Listed alphabetically by surname, here are the 40 under 40:

Marie Barber, Member, Kinetic Partners

Claire Blackburn, Partner, PwC

Lynnette Bober, Private Client Tax Director, Rawlinson & Hunter

Pippa Booth, Partner, Deloitte

Helen Buchanan, Tax Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Alexander Cox, Tax Partner, Ashurst

Caroline Dhir, Tax Partner, Ernst & Young

Richard Harbot, Corporate Tax Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Daniel Hartland, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton

James Henderson, Barrister, Pump Court Tax Chambers

Matthew Hodkin, Partner, Norton Rose

Sue Holmes, Parter, Deloitte

Anna Jarrold, Tax Partner, BDO

Fabrizio Lolliri, Director, Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

Nick Mace, Partner, Clifford Chance

Hui Ling McCarthy, Barrister, Gray's Inn Tax Chambers

Catherine McManus, Tax Director, PKF

Giles Mooney, Managing Director, PTP

Nicole Newbury, Head of Tax Academy, HMRC

Jern-Fei Ng, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers

Leo Palazzuoli, Partner, PwC

Carl Powell, Tax Partner, Houghton Stone

David Quentin, Barrister, Farrer & Co

Rebecca Rice, Qualified Manager, Griffith, Willams & Co

Michael Ridsdale, Partner, Head of Corporate Tax, Wedlake Bell

Dominic Robertson, Associate, Slaughter & May

Abigail Rowsell, Client Manager, Creaseys

Stuart Secker, Head of Financial Services Tax, KPMG

Dipan Shah, Director, PwC

Rupert Shiers, Partner, Tax Disputes, Herbert Smith

Simon Skinner, Tax Partner, Travers Smith

Valentina Sloane, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

James Smith, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Paula Tallon, Managing Director, Gabelle

Christopher Walker, Policy Adviser, HMRC

Eloise Walker, London Head of Tax, Pinsent Masons

Stuart Walsh, Partner, McGrigors

Jordan Watson, Senior Associate, Corporate Tax, DLA Piper

Mark Webb, Director, Corporate Tax, Smith & Williamson

Richard Wild, Director of VAT, PKF


About 40 under 40

‘40 under 40’ is a guide to forty leading tax professionals based in the UK, under the age of forty as at 1 November 2011, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their careers to date, as verified by our independent researchers and by Tax Journal.

In compiling this list, Tax Journal received submissions for individuals from a wide range of organisations – including accountancy and law firms, HMRC, Tax Chambers, from industry and tax-related support services.

All submissions were made in accordance with the entry rules and procedures set out below.

To assess the submissions, a team of experienced freelance professional services journalists and researchers – all of whom were independent of any of the organisations and individuals who made submissions – took up references from 600+ client and employer referees spanning major FTSE 100 companies to high-net worth individuals.

The shortlist was reviewed by the Tax Journal team, who finalised the 40 individuals selected. For the avoidance of doubt, firms and individuals cannot pay to be included in this guide.

Entry rules and procedures

• Nominations had to be submitted using a standard submission form. It was made clear that additional materials were not considered.
• The contact details of at least two (and no more than five) referees had to be supplied for each individual nominated. Where appropriate, client referees were likely to carry more weight.
• Shortlisted entrants were in some cases asked to provide further information.
• Employees and office holders of Tax Journal and its publishing company, LexisNexis, were not eligible to enter.
• No more than 20 individuals per organisation could be nominated.
• A research team evaluated submissions but the final decisions were made at the discretion of Tax Journal.
• The content of any entry could be used for publicity purposes unless the entrant withheld their consent to this in writing.
• Entrants were deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.
• We regret that feedback cannot be provided on individual entries.
• Submitting the nomination form was taken as agreement that referees could be contacted by Tax Journal’s research team.
• To help us manage and maintain the reputation of the ‘40 under 40’ guide those making  submissions were required to inform us about any negative media stories, malpractice or disciplinary issue or other event of which we should be aware that occurred during the preceding 12 months. Such an event did not necessarily mean that the submission was disallowed, however if it was not disclosed the submission could be invalidated.

Issue: 1092
Categories: Reports