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THE FONDEST FAREWELL & THE FUTURE OF TAX

Oct 29, 2020

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After 20 wonderful years in our tax team, Philip Rogers, one of CP’s best-loved Partners, is retiring.

Since he joined us back in 2000, Philip has been an inimitable source of inspiration, entertainment, and joy.

Often found twinkling the piano’s keys, cycling round the track at our Solihull office, or schmoozing anyone in sight with a spare bit of cake, the energy Philip brought to the building and the business burned as bright as the fluorescent lycra he arrived in.

For that, he’ll be sorely missed. But it’s a legacy of incredible achievement that Philip leaves behind at CP, too.

When he joined our tax team, we were delivering £1m of fees a year. Now, as Philip bows out, the team has just delivered £1m of fees in a month.

He also surpassed a personal goal of his: being part of a tax team that delivered £10m of annual revenues for the first time. And through each of his 20 gold-coated years, Philip’s part in our story has been an unforgettable one.

From leading a number of key relationships and winning a long list of new clients with his trademark charm, to pouring every ounce of passion into not just his role, but the development of those lucky enough to be around him.

Now, as we bid each other the fondest of farewells, Philip is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Elizabeth, and lending a hand to their children as they begin exciting new ventures of their own.

When an inkling of normality returns, our celebrations with Philip will commence in due course. And what a celebration it will be.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

So, what’s next for our tax team?

Off the back of the FRC’s latest Ethical Standard around auditor independence, we’re seeing lots of work coming out of the Big 4 into our consulting team. It’s a huge opportunity, and we’re making sure the team is well positioned to deliver high-quality advice.

We’re now predicting our tax business will double in size in the next three years. Why? Because we’re continuing to invest in hugely talented people, adding to the 70+ we already have, and greasing the wheels in our move from generalist to specialist.

On 1 November, Steve Round was promoted to Director in our Transactions Tax team, with a number of other tax promotions coming soon.

We’re actively recruiting managers and senior managers across the whole of tax, with plenty of open seats at all levels. We’re in talks with multiple senior people about joining the team as Partners and Directors, too. And we’re always on the lookout for more people to deepen our specialisms and raise the bar for our clients.

In our R&D team, we recently welcomed two new Sales Executives – a reflection of our now nationwide reach, covering not just the Midlands, but the North, South, and London, too. We’ve also made a number of key hires into our VAT team in recent times, helping them to grow and respond to the healthy market demand for their expertise. And in London, Simon Morris joined us as Partner and Head of Private Client from PwC, where he was a Partner since 2005.

NEVER SITTING STILL

As our client base and consultancy business continues to evolve, we’ve been making changes internally to ensure we’re doing the same.

All our specialisms now come under the banner of ‘One Tax’ – a move made to create an awesome client experience (CX) at every touchpoint; steering clear of any siloed, fragmented advice.

While the shift to digital by default over the last few months has sent shockwaves across every business, we have our prior knowledge and usage of Microsoft Teams to thank for making the transition that much smoother.

Our new ways of working have been well-received by our clients, and we’ve been paying particular attention to finding innovative ways to keep our culture alive and bring everything our people love about CP in the physical world, into the digital one.

That’s included virtual pub quizzes, HIIT classes, yoga classes, mindfulness sessions and never-ending opportunities and advice to stay connected, engaged, and happy. Because when that’s the case, we know our clients will reap the rewards, too.

It’s that culture-first mindset that saw us named Best Employer In Tax at the Tolley’s 2020 Taxation Awards. And it’s that culture-first mindset that will help us go from strength to strength as we stride into the future – whatever that may hold.

Simon Baines, our Head of Tax, said:

“Philip was a huge part of the journey from ‘sleepy tax’ to where we are now, and in truth, none of us would be here without him. Philip was part of my inspiration. He pushed me out of my comfort zone. He inspired me to achieve great things.

“As soon as he arrived at CP, our tax business became a better place, but really, everywhere was a better place when Philip walked in. Everyone loved him – not just in the team but across our client base too – and he’ll be sorely missed.

“I know the team will join me in wishing Philip all the best, and I know I couldn’t ask for a group better suited to take his legacy forward.”

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