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Meet the Property Team – Zoe Roberts

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BHP Tax Partner Zoe Roberts has more than 20 years’ experience and is a member of our specialist Property and Construction Team. We found out a bit more about Zoe in our latest Meet the Team interview.

Where are you from and where did you train?

I was born and grew up in Norwich but moved to Sheffield to study Maths at the University of Sheffield. I remained in the city after university and joined BHP as a graduate in 1998. I qualified as an ACA initially in the Audit team, before moving into the Tax team where I then achieved my CTA qualification.

I left BHP in 2004 and had a four-year stint working at a Top Ten firm, before re-joining BHP in 2008 – and I’ve been here ever since!

What typical tasks do you perform in your role?

My role involves advising businesses and their owners in respect of their tax affairs.

I specialise in working with businesses in the property and construction sector, so some of my tasks include looking at Capital Allowances, Stamp Duty Land Tax, tax on acquisitions and disposals of properties, and tax-efficient structuring of property portfolios.

What are your career highlights or achievements?

Passing my CTA and winning a prize for one of the papers is still one of my happiest moments, as the exams were so tough – I was convinced I’d failed!

An equally big achievement was becoming a Partner at BHP, which was a really proud moment for me having started with the firm as a trainee.

What is the best thing about working at BHP?

It’s the people I work with that make it all so enjoyable – my fellow Partners, the Tax team and my clients!

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

Outside of work, whilst I am kept busy being a part-time taxi driver to my two boys, I recently started yoga classes which I love (though have yet to master a headstand!). I am also an occasional slow runner, a keen but haphazard gardener and I enjoy camping holidays in our “vintage” Mazda Bongo.

We’re also nearing the end of a personal property project renovating a farmhouse, which has been quite an experience!