Philippa Roles

 "Very knowledgeable,

     responsive and efficient at

     dealing with tax-related


    Chambers 2018        "

 "Very well respected

     in this market.

    Chambers 2017  "



Philippa has had one of her articles - The evolution of the tax lawyer feature in the Tax Journal, to read the full article click here.


Philippa has also been interviewed by the Tax Journal as part of their One minute with, to read the full article click here.

Philippa Roles  |  Partner

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Philippa joined FSP in 2009 after training and working in a highly regarded international tax department in the City. Philippa became a partner in 2013 and heads up the tax team at FSP. Philippa specialises in advising on all aspects of UK and cross border taxation including corporate and real estate taxes, joint venture structuring, entreprenurial reliefs, stamp duties and VAT.

Philippa has considerable experience of advising on tax effective employee remuneration arrangements including both tax advantaged and non-tax advantaged share option schemes, growth share arrangements and unwinding employee benefit/ remuneration trust structures. In conjunction with this, Philippa regularly advises clients on shareholder agreements and articles of association, alongside the effects of using restricted securities.

With the growth of the FSP tax team and the firm’s expanding tax expertise, Philippa has been able to build on her, already well established, academic background by specialising in the provision of legal tax opinions. Most recently Philippa has written detailed opinions for clients on the following areas:

  • joint venture structuring for property development;
  • group structuring for maximising business property and entrepreneur's relief availability;
  • the Transfer of Assets anti-avoidance provisions (both transferor and non-transferor charges and the availability of the motive exemption);
  • stamp duty land tax and partnership incorporation;
  • use of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme
  • remuneration trusts and employee benefit trusts
  • whether a particular series of activities would be deemed to establish a branch/permanent establishment in the UK;
  • land pooling arrangements for landowner collaboration in land promotion; and
  • the classification of distributions received and made by trustees.

Philippa is a published author on the topic of privilege and is the author of Westlaw UK's guidance notes explaining the operation of the "disguised remuneration and income from third parties rules" and "stamp duties".

Chambers & Partners have consistently ranked Philippa in Band 1 for tax advice in the South and she is commended in Legal 500.

Philippa regularly works with clients in the US, the UAE and Europe; advising on a wide variety of cross-border issues involving staff seconded overseas, motivating UK staff using overseas stock options and acquiring and establishing UK operations and UK inward investment benefits.

Philippa has advised on the tax efficient demergers of companies holding UK real estate and trading groups and on restructuring for tax efficiency purposes in advance of an exit. This is in addition to assisting the corporate and property teams with tax advice and support (including the drafting and negotiation of tax indemnities and warranties) in relation to business and asset sales and share sales.

In February 2016 Philippa was appointed as a private sector member of the Partnership Forum of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVB LEP) which is the body responsible for promoting sustainable economic growth in the Thames Valley sub-region through the creation and implementation of a strategic economic plan. This role was subsequently expanded to include Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, and membership of the Business Growth Hub Steering Committee and Funding Escalator Committee. In March 2017, Philippa became a director of the TVB LEP and was tasked as the programme lead for small and medium sized businesses in the Thames Valley.

What clients have said about Philippa:

"Philippa Roles in researching, refining and executing group tax planning has provided clear explanation and remains an essential ingredient of what is a very compelling strategy."

Mark Holden, Chairman, Ultimate Holdings

"Philippa Roles, and the team from Field Seymour Parkes, works the way a fast growing business needs them to work.  They're thorough in their due diligence, insightful on their analysis of the issues their due diligence raises, detailed in their approach to the work that needs to be done and practical in the ultimate counsel they provide to their clients. They're clearly committed to the faithful representation of their clients' interests."

Kevin Kelly, President and COO of Stampede Presentation Products Inc

"It was a pleasure to deal with someone so competent and commercially minded."

Angus Breton, Consultant for the On Board Partnership

“Philippa is extremely professional, pragmatic and helpful. She always responds quickly with accurate and detailed advice”.

Jonathan Coiley, Finance Director, Acorn Engineering Group Limited

“I have had many useful discussions with Philippa about complex cross border taxation and residence issues. Philippa readily transposes her considerable technical knowledge and expertise into commercially pragmatic advice”.

Henry Scrase, Director, Four Frogs Limited

"It was a pleasure to deal with Philippa and we very much appreciated her help.  We were extremely grateful to her for providing such a quick and clean answer to our tax enquiries".

S Pipe, Hart Neighbourhood Centre

Philippa has a PhD in legal philosophy and regularly writes articles on topical tax matters. Examples of some of the deals Philippa has recently been involved in and articles she has written are: