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A fond farewell & the future of tax at Cooper Parry

A fond farewell & the future of tax at Cooper Parry

After 20 years in Cooper Parry’s tax team, Philip Rogers, one of the accountancy firm’s best-loved Partners, is retiring.

When Philip joined Cooper Parry from PwC in 2000, they were rooted in the Midlands with a tax team delivering £1m of fees a year. Now, as Philip bows out, the firm has expanded into London and other hubs up and down the UK, with their tax team recently delivering £1m of fees in a month.

Philip has been credited with much of the drive behind Cooper Parry’s transition from mostly compliance led work to the specialist consultancy teams the firm has now. And by leading a number of key relationships, winning scores of new clients, and working tirelessly to help those around him develop, he also played a big part in surpassing a personal goal of his: being part of a tax team that delivered £10m of annual revenues for the first time.

So, what’s next for Cooper Parry’s tax team?

They’ve been seeing a lot of work coming out of the Big 4 into their consulting team following the FRC’s Ethical Standard around auditor independence, and they’re predicting their tax business will double in size in the next three years.

This is fuelled by a desire to keep investing in talent, adding to the 70+ tax team members they already have, and continuing their move from generalist to specialist.

Named ‘Best Employer In Tax’ at the 2020 Tolley’s Taxation Awards, the firm is actively recruiting managers and senior managers across the whole of tax, and they’re in talks with multiple senior people about joining the team as Partners and Directors too.

Their R&D team recently welcomed two new Sales Executives, reflecting their now nationwide reach. They’ve made a number of key hires into their VAT team in recent times. And in London, Simon Morris joined them as Partner and Head of Private Client from PwC, where he was a Partner since 2005.

Simon Baines, Head of Tax at Cooper Parry, 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.”

Picture: Phillip Rogers

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