Anton Lane entered the tax world like many by accident. Having enrolled for a BA Honours Degree in Taxation and Revenue Law, he found himself in his final year having to actually consider how to become employed at the end of his degree. Subsequent effort at university resulted in Anton obtaining awards for his performance and since Ernst and Young sponsored the course, he secured an interview.
Anton joined Ernst and Young’s Southampton office in 1996 working within the employer solutions team and regional tax investigations group. Anton demonstrated an interest in the forensic work associated with offshore tax investigations and joined the London tax investigations group in 1997. The London team was all manned by ex Inland Revenue investigators and whilst for any young professional this was daunting, it was also a fantastic learning experience.
After a spell in London and qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser, Anton retreated to Ernst and Young in Bristol, where he mainly acted for more entrepreneurial clients. After a short period he went on secondment to one of the largest mobile telecommunications businesses who had a series of tax enquiries across group companies. The secondment lasted seven months!
Anton subsequently joined an offshore fiduciary service provider (previously owned by one of the big four) who was establishing a tax practice in the UK to support and grow their client base before becoming an equity holder with a significant international practice. Anton is now the owner and managing partner of a specialist tax practice supporting clients and adviser in relation to tax investigations, property transactions, owner managed businesses and structuring family wealth. He has been a lecturer on these subject for over a decade as well as an author these past five years.
Anton is the author of two Tolleys Tax Digest – “Practicalities of Tax Investigations” and “Practical guidance: Anti avoidance legislation, offshore structures and the offshore disclosure facility”. He has also been an author for many years of Lexis’ and the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s annotated Finance Acts. He is also the author of CCH’s Practical Enquiry Manual. Anton is often approached to be an expert providing tax analysis for the BBC as well as Channel 4. Anton also provides expert witness statements for legal cases.
Anton has had the fortune to work on some exceptionally interesting cases including performance artists, royalty, plastic surgeons, well-known large corporations and more recently a multitude of settlement opportunities following HMRC’s evolutionary attack on avoidance.
At Edge, Anton uses his eighteen years of hands on experience managing tax investigations and disclosures as well as identifying solutions for private clients, families with wealth and family (SME) businesses, to provide a unique, expert and personally-tailored service
In our last employment-status article we discussed the indicators of employment vs self-employment and the tax and NIC implications thereon. Given the recent ruling in the Uber case it seems that courts are leaning further towards an employee/employer relationship rather than that of an independent contractor.