About Philippa Roles
Philippa Roles is a Partner heading up the FSP Tax team within the Corporate group. She is also the Corporate Social Responsibility Partner.
Philippa advises on all aspects of UK corporate, property and entrepreneurial tax matters; including cross-border issues, VAT and stamp duties.
As well as providing transactional support for the corporate, commercial and property teams in the firm, Philippa has considerable experience advising on (and carrying out) corporate group restructuring, including hiving and demerging; as well as structuring joint venture arrangements and holdings of business and assets to maximise the availability of tax reliefs.
Philippa’s experience extends to include advising on fundraising; including the use of EIS and VCT arrangements (and applying for HMRC assurance in respect of the same). She is very hands on in supporting clients in this process, and willing to use her connections and those of the firm in order to assist clients in reaching their goals.
Building on Philippa’s strong academic background, she specialises in providing detailed technical opinion papers on a wide variety of tax issues. The most recent of which have included: repatriation of ownership of UK situated property; the application of the non-transferor charge under the transfer of assets abroad regime; options for exiting remuneration trusts and unwinding EBT arrangements; the use of bare trusts and land pooling in land collaboration ventures; the operation of the Lower Cost Trader provisions within the context of the VAT Flat Rate Scheme; the creation of a UK permanent establishment; the application of the SDLT rules; and providing expert opinions on tax avoidance arrangements and liabilities.
Despite the intensely technical nature and broad spectrum of tax practice areas that Philippa covers on a regular basis, she is known for being surprisingly commercial and pragmatic; which is considered to be an unusual trait for a tax lawyer. This unique selling point is borne out of the general counsel roles that Philippa performs for some of her clients.
Philippa is a non-executive director of E-Cargobikes.Com Ltd. She is also a non-executive director on the board of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, where she is the programme lead for SME projects and chairperson of the nominations and governance committee.
Philippa has a PhD in legal philosophy and is the author of two industry technical guides published on Westlaw UK.