Simon Howley

Managing Partner


The co-founder of Bell Howley Perrotton with over 25 + years of experience working within City law firms and accountancy practices.

Simon oversees the firms tax team, is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Federation of Tax Advisers, Institute of Financial Accountants and the Institute of Public Accountants (Australia).


Simon sits on the Property Taxes Sub Committee of the CIOT’s Technical Policy and Oversight Committee. The sub-committees are all heavily involved in consultation with Government, in public and in private, on proposed tax legislation. An important example of this is the thorough line-by-line review in limited time while the Finance Bill is before Parliament. Weaknesses and anomalies in legislation and drafting are identified and representations are made appropriately.


Simon is also a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers in the City of London.

+44 20 7129 1432


Example of work carried out:


  • Advising a property group on the VAT issue of demolishing an existing building to build 9 leasehold apartments, and associated group relief claims for Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains

  • Advising a client with a Transfer of a Going Concern application on the purchase of a shopping centre from a well know charity

  • Submitting a HMRC application for Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme for a new social media F1 Motorsports platform

  • Securing a refund of Stamp Duty Land Tax from HMRC with Multiple Dwellings Relief

  • Advising a client on the correct interpretation of the anti-avoidance provisions contained within Paragraph 17A, Schedule 15 FA 2003 for Stamp Duty Land Tax

  • Assisting a client with a capital allowances claim on a newly acquired commercial premises

  • Assisting and advising on an Isle of Man Trust remuneration scheme on relation to income tax charged under Part 7A ITEPA 2003, income tax charges under s23Aff ITTOIA 2005

  • Advising on the Capital Gains tax issues of an Isle of Man trust acquiring shares from the controlling shareholders of UK company

  • Implementing an Employee Management Incentive share option scheme and negotiation of share value with HMRC Share ‘Valuations

  • Assisting a client valuing and agreeing a financial settlement in a partnership dispute

  • Creating a group structure for a property client using HMRC clearance and share for share exchange

  • Dealing with HMRC Capital Taxes enquiry into an inheritance tax issues and subsequent First Tier Tax Tribunal hearing

  • Advising on the Stamp Duty Land Tax, Capital Gains Tax issues on the incorporation of clients Limited Liability Partnership into a newly formed group and the splitting of titles various properties and creating of leases to subsidiary companies.

  • Advising on the possible statutory demerger of a vendors property group, in order to split assets up for sale, or retention

  • Defending a group of 1,800 clients against HMRC enquiry for the use of three separate Stamp Duty Land Tax anti-avoidance schemes

  • Advising on the implication of the use of Employee Benefit Schemes and Employee Funded Retirement Benefit Schemes in light of the Disguised Remuneration Rules

  • Advising on the creation of a Family Investment Company and the creation of the required share rights

  • Advising on the extraction of commercial property from a company into a Limited Liability Partnership in relation to Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains

  • Advising and dealing with HMRC Loan Charge assessments issued to client

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