This year could be our best line up of speakers yet, with some fresh faces, new ideas and new sessions. Our guest speakers will be sharing their expert knowledge and insight into current dealings with HMRC.

Kevin Igoe will be returning for the 2021 UK Tax Investigations Conference and we look forward to announcing our other fantastic speakers shortly.

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Kevin Igoe

Managing Director, Professional Fee Protection

Kevin Igoe CTA joined PFP in 1995 and was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Prior to that he worked at HMRC and one of the "top 4" accountancy firms. He has seen over 28,000 HMRC investigations and enquiries. He is Chairman of the UK Tax Investigations Conference and is seen as one of the UK's leading experts in HMRC Tax Investigations and Enquiries.

Sarah Stenton

Tax Director, Stewarts Law

Sarah Stenton has an enviable reputation in the field of tax dispute resolution, established over her 17 year career advising across the full spectrum of taxes. Sarah is a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), having previously trained at what was the Inland Revenue (now, “HMRC”). She specialises in the resolution of tax enquiries and disputes, predominantly for high net worth and high profile individuals. Her work includes complex technical investigations (“COP8”), cases involving suspected tax fraud (“COP9”), voluntary disclosures, and settlement of individual and corporate participation in marketed tax avoidance schemes. Her depth of knowledge has been recognised in many tax, legal and mainstream press publications where she is regularly asked to comment on tax dispute related matters. Sarah established the Tax Litigation and Investigation team at Stewart’s in April 2019 with her colleague Lisa Vanderheide where the legal 500 have recorded the team as one that “inspire confidence with their determination”.

Sarah features in Tatler’s directory of influential private client experts; Spear’s 500 directory (of top private client advisers) as a “distinguished individual”; and Citywealth’s leaders list.


Lisa Vanderheide

Tax Director, Stewarts Law

Lisa Vanderheide has over 30 years of experience in tax investigation and tax dispute resolution work including 16 years as a Tax Inspector in HMRC.  Lisa advises partnerships, corporates and private individuals on the full range of taxes and all aspects of their HMRC interactions. She specialises in complex tax enquiries including suspected tax fraud (“COP 9”) and large technical investigations (“COP 8”), disclosures and advising clients on their options in relation to tax avoidance arrangements under challenge by HMRC. This includes films schemes, Employee Benefit Trusts and bespoke arrangements. Lisa is a regular contributor to tax publications on tax investigation matters, is often quoted in the press, and regularly presents at live events and webinars. Lisa heads up the Tax Litigation and Investigation team at Stewart’s with her colleague Sarah Stenton. 

Lisa appears in the Spear’s 500 directory of top private client advisers as a “distinguished individual” and features in Tatler’s directory of private client experts.

Gary Brothers

Partner, Independent Tax

Gary has been engaged on tax disputes, investigations and enquiries for over 30 years on “both sides of the fence”, having moved to the profession from HMRC almost 20 years ago. With his acknowledged wealth of experience, he is widely regarded as a “go to” advisor for any matters relating to HMRC. Having held a host of very Senior positions in professional firms, he then set up the award-winning practice Independent Tax in 2013, where he and his team continue to support clients through all manner of HMRC issues securing great outcomes. Gary recalls a client once describing him as “a thinker and a warrior”, which is a compliment he was delighted to receive!

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Jim Benson

Assistant Director Alternative Dispute Resolution | CEPET – COVID, Customer Experience, Professionalism, EU Transition | CCG | HMRC

Jim jointed the (then) Inland Revenue in 1988 and has undertaken a variety of compliance roles including undertaking interventions into SME’s and large corporate organisations. Since 2009 Jim has been involved in dispute resolution. Initially in presenting cases for HMRC at the First Tier Tax Tribunal before moving into a management role. Since 2016, Jim has been the Assistant Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution based in Salford.

UKTIC 2021 Speakers