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Heather Powell

Partner, Head of Property and Construction

Audit, Assurance & Advisory

heather.powell@blickrothenberg.com

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I enjoy mentoring younger members of my profession and others across the real estate sector. It gives me great pleasure to see them develop and flourish.”

I joined the Property & Construction team at Blick Rothenberg in 2020.  This talented and enthusiastic team has extensive experience of working with a wide range of clients in the sector.

I bring over 30 years of experience of working with entrepreneurial businesses in the sector as a trusted advisor.  I have a real passion for the industry, which started when I worked with construction companies and developers in the late 1980s.  Great role models led these businesses, who taught me a lot, especially as they addressed the challenges of the 1990/1991 recession.

I act as the primary point of contact for my clients, leading teams that provide audit, accountancy, tax compliance and tax advisory services.  Property taxation and financing can be complex.  Advice about how to structure a proposed development or investment needs to encompass issues arising from numerous taxes, including SDLT, VAT, CIS, corporate and income taxes as well as the UK financial reporting regime.  My extensive experience enables me to spot potential issues, which I then address with the specialists here to produce a practical solution for our clients, which we will present in plain English.

A particular highlight for me was early in my career when I worked with a developer on a 20,000 sq ft office in Camden.  We worked together on this project from pre-site acquisition to the sale of the fully let office some seven years later, with two rounds of refinancing on the journey.  We advised on the best corporate structure to adopt, produced the accounts, VAT and corporate tax returns, cash flow forecasts and ultimately final accounts for the investors, showing their profit distributions.  To see a development through from incorporation to sale was a huge learning experience, and really enjoyable.

I have benefited hugely from working with colleagues throughout my career who have taken the time to coach and mentor me.  I now enjoy mentoring younger members of my profession and others across the real estate sector.  It gives me great pleasure to see them develop and flourish.

Specialist areas

  • Property taxation and financing
  • Construction industry scheme
  • Corporate structuring

Services covered

Qualifications and positions of note

  • FCA

I am based at

Covent Garden

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Insights

11 January 2022

Landlords need to get tax relief for energy efficiency improvements if the 2050 greenhouse gas deadlines are to be met

No Government funding available to achieve net zero emissions means landlords need to maximise the tax relief they can claim, writes Heather Powell.

26 November 2021

UK taxpayers support Bulb Energy customers with £1,000 per head

The Government’s loan to Bulb Energy means that every customer is being supported by the taxpayer to the tune of about £1,000.00.

09 November 2021

UK becomes the first G20 country to mandate climate related disclosures for its largest businesses

When does this apply from and which businesses are affected?