The Responsible Tax Big Tent – Featuring Robert Phillips & Neal Lawson

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Join the conversation on responsible tax for the common good, to discuss and develop the insights and key topics from this exciting project so far.

Our Responsible Tax Big Tent event is a chance to debate and reflect on the interim findings from the project to date, as summarised in our recent publication, Re-building a social compact on responsible tax. From morality, to international competition, transparency to the impact of tax on developing countries, this event will explore how we can work towards widespread recognition of what responsible behaviour and tax advice entails.

The Big Tent programme is being crowdsourced and co-designed by key stakeholders who are facilitating breakout workshops throughout the afternoon.

Workshops will be facilitated by tax experts from the following co-hosts:


From 14.00 – 15.00 Robert will host a workshop on ‘The Bigger Picture: How can we strengthen trust in business?’. Later Neal can be found leading a discussion on ‘Continuing the conversation: How can we keep the ball rolling on responsible tax?’ – from 16.30 – 17.30.

The Full Program for the day is as below:

Lunch and refreshments: 12.30pm-1pm

Opening plenary session: 1pm-2pm

Breakout Session One: 2pm-3pm

  • Alternatives to the current taxation system, facilitated by Stephen Herring, Head of Taxation, the Institute of Directors
  • Determining public attitudes to tax, facilitated by Andy Harrop, General Secretary, the Fabian Society
  • The bigger picture: How can we strengthen trust in business?, facilitated by Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers
  • Holding companies to account: How can we get tax on AGM agendas?, facilitated by Juliet Phillips, Campaigns Officer, ShareAction
  • Devolving tax powers to Scotland: Some thoughts, facilitated by Grahame Steven, Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University
  • What does a trusted tax adviser look like?, facilitated by Frank Haskew, Head of Tax Faculty, ICAEW

Breakout Session Two: 3.30pm-4.30pm

  • Building a dialogue: Lessons from Denmark, facilitated by Matti Kohonen, Principal Adviser, Christian Aid, and Sara Jespersen, Project Manager, IBIS
  • Is greater transparency key to a more responsible tax system?, facilitated by Chris Morgan, Head of Tax Policy, KPMG
  • How much is too much? Drawing the boundaries between fair and unfair competition, facilitated by John Connors, Group Tax Director, Vodafone
  • Bringing the conversation to Parliament: What would an APPG on responsible tax look like?, facilitated by Caroline Macfarland, Director, CoVi
  • What is the role of tax authorities?, facilitated by Iain Campbell, ARC
  • Striking a balance: How can we ensure a fair deal for both developed and emerging economies?, facilitated by Paul Morton, Head of Group Tax, RELX

Breakout Session Three: 4.30pm-.5.30pm

  • What constructive support can be given to companies to adopt responsible tax practice?, facilitated by Colin Garwood, Head of Group Tax, IHG
  • Is there a need or desire for a national standard in tax transparency?, facilitated by Sandy Markwick, Head of Network, Winmark TDN
  • Continuing the conversation: How can we keep the ball rolling on responsible tax?, facilitated by Neal Lawson, Partner, Jericho Chambers
  • Are tax incentives ever “fair”?, facilitated by Simon Upcott, Group Head of Tax, Vesuvius
  • A workshop on tax competition, facilitated by Rhiannon Jones, Principal Policy Advisor, CBI
  • Beyond BEPS, facilitated by Charlie Matthews, Parliamentary Adviser, ActionAid

Closing plenary session: 5.30pm-6pm

Drinks and networking: 6pm-7pm

Please register for a space here if you would like to attend. We hope you can join us and look forward to hearing from you.

If you have further questions or further suggestions for the event agenda, or if you would like to curate one of the sessions, please contact

Tuesday 15th September 2015, 12.30pm – 6.00pm
The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR

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