Margaret Connolly MA FCA CTA
Margaret consults on all matters relating to taxation with a particular interest in family owned companies and SMEs.
She currently sits on the Chartered Institute of Taxation Corporate Tax sub-committee, and one of her main strengths is in advising clients from the outset – providing proper bespoke tax advice, both compliance and advisory , from start up to exit, and hand-holding throughout any transactions, often pulling together a wider team.
Margaret trained at Coopers & Lybrand (London) and after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant went on to complete the CTA exams. After seven years, she moved to Spicer & Oppenhein/Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Tax Manager. She spent four years of her career managing a large team of OMB/Corporate tax experts, working with multi-national clients.
A stint in industry followed – Margaret spent three years as the Head of UK Taxation for Unilever plc, which has enabled her to have the perspective of the client, often negotiating with HMRC and being involved in tax planning for an International group.
Margaret’s next move was to KPMG as Tax Senior Manager in Entrepreneurial Solutions Group, where she spent the next six years working on a portfolio of large quality clients, both domestic and international.
In February 2002 Margaret joined Reeves & Neylan (now Kreston Reeves LLP) as a Corporate Tax Partner, and rapidly progressed to Head of Taxation Services. In her time at Reeves she was instrumental in them being double Lexis Nexis Tax Award winners in 2004 and 2005, as well as being runners up in the following three years. She created and developed a dedicated Corporate Tax team and built a strong reputation for delivering expert tax advice.
In December 2014, after a 35 year career as a tax adviser, Margaret decided to pursue her personal ambition of having her own consultancy. Now she offers a wider context of business advice and strategic planning on top of her tax expertise.
Margaret lives near Canterbury with her husband Peter. The last few years have seen her develop a passion for running and she is regular participant in races across the South, from 5k’s to half marathons. In addition Margaret has run the Edinburgh marathon three times, and has a place in the 2017 London marathon.
Margaret is also a keen horsewoman, albeit she regards herself as a “happy hacker” these days.