OUR SENIOR TEAM

Clay Knox has a highly experienced and qualified team drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Click on each member of the team to find out more information.

Nigel is one of the UK’s leading advisers on international and UK taxation. Previously, he was Senior Principal Inspector of Taxes, responsible for setting up the legislation, implementation and running of the UK withholding tax system for non-resident sportsmen and entertainers.

Prior to his departure in 1988, he set up the Foreign Entertainers Unit within the Revenue. In 1988 he was the co founder of a London firm of Chartered accountants specialising in sport, film and entertainers and has enjoyed a successful career in practice since.

Since Graduating in 2001, Dan has worked for Chartered Accountancy firms in both London and Cheltenham. Having passed his tax qualifications in 2003, he has dealt with a large portfolio of individual and corporate tax compliance, planning and international tax matters for sports, film, entertainers and other individuals and businesses.

Richard Smethurst is our Director of Tax Services and has practiced as a tax adviser working in specialist tax firms since 1998. He is a member of The Chartered Institute of Taxation, having passed their examinations in 2003. During the course of his career Richard has had wide exposure to the different forms of UK taxation. In the last several years Richard has concentrated on providing tax planning advice to business owners and entrepreneurs.

Richard’s experience in many forms of taxation enables him to advise on both the personal and corporate tax implications of events during the life cycle of a business. Richard has also advised many clients on international tax planning issues, including bespoke offshore structuring for clients with overseas interests.

Since joining the firm, Richard has used his experience to advise our clients in the film, entertainment and sports industries. Richard also continues to provide business tax services to clients outside of these niche areas.

Ian has spent the majority of his professional life in general practice, developing experience in many industry sectors. He has also spent time acting as a financial controller in industry so also understands the pressures & issues involved in running your own business. Ian is a member of the ICAEW and has previously been a qualified auditor. He has experience in dealing with large multi-nationals and the smallest of businesses and most things in-between.

As our Head of Accounts, Ian is responsible for the smooth running of the accounts department, developing business relationships and advising on technical matters regarding company  accounting matters.

Since graduating from the University of Birmingham with an honours degree in Accountancy & Finance in 2006 Nick went straight into a career in tax with a specialist Sports & Entertainment firm, working across all areas of tax including Corporate Tax, Investigations and Personal Tax. In 2007 he became a full member of the Association of Taxation Technicians.

Nick joined the firm in 2009 as a Personal Tax Consultant and went on to head up the Personal Tax department. In 2012 he became a full member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is now Director of Tax and heads up the Film & Entertainment team, responsible for all of the in front of camera reduced withholding tax rate applications as well as the behind camera tax filings.

He specializes in the following areas:

• Film, TV & Media tax planning
• Personal tax compliance and tax planning
• TV & Film production companies
• Residency advice
• International Tax and Tax Treaties

Agi works with a diverse portfolio of clients assisting them with audit, accounting, tax and secretarial compliance. She also helps to resolve technical audit and accounting issues. Her client expertise range from owner managed businesses to group companies. They are predominantly in the entertainment and media sector (film, TV, video games), but also hotel, retail, marketing, clean energy, media financing, real estate and other. Agi’s expertise is dealing with the independent film producers, production audits and intermediaries such as financiers, BFI and other parties directly involved in film projects.

After getting a Master’s degree in Economics, Agi trained with a medium size firm in the City, where she qualified in 2009. She joined Shipleys LLP, a medium size accountancy practice specializing in media and entertainment in 2010, where she was appointed a principal in 2015. She joined Clay Knox Ltd in a position of Audit and Accounts Director where she works with various clients predominantly in film and TV sector.

Membership: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.