Work and clients: Stephen advises businesses on corporate and business tax matters. His original core speciality was real estate businesses and funds, but he now also deals with many SEIS and EIS related issues, R&D tax credits, and advising on tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations.
The route to Shipleys: Stephen’s career includes time working at BDO before moving to Ernst & Young in 2009. He previously led the tax and accounting division of London based Mariana UFP LLP, before it merged with Shipleys on 2 March 2020. He joined Shipleys’ senior team.
Memberships: Chartered Institute of Taxation
Aim: "To simplify complex situations for clients to enable them to make educated and well-informed decisions."
Most entertaining deal or case: “Co-founding an SEIS and EIS-qualifying Brewery. It did involve tasting quite a lot more beer than most tax projects I get involved in. It definitely goes down as one of my favourites.”
Proudest professional moments: “Joining Shipleys!”
What I like about my job: "Building close and personal long-term relationships as the basis for practical advice and solutions that provide excellent value for money.”
Interests outside work: Stephen retired from playing rugby for London Nigerians two years ago when his fourth child was born. Much of his spare time is taken up with his family, but when he does get a spare moment, he enjoys cooking, going to the gym, and snowboarding. He used to do some DJing at University and for a while afterwards, and hopes to start teaching his children how to do that. His wife isn’t so sure though.