Paul Taylor – Director
Paul started his tax career in the mid 1980’s and qualified as a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser, gaining experience with two large international practices. In 1996, he co-founded his own practice together with two partners and built the firm from the ground up to become a Top 100 practice with over 100 employees by 2010.
Following a management buy out of the company in early 2017, Paul founded Freestone Jacobs to create a new firm to specialise entirely in tax advisory services and enable him to dedicate his time to performing the type of work that fully utilises the skills and knowledge he has built up over thirty years in practice.
Throughout his career, Paul has worked with a huge variety of clients and has developed an extensive knowledge of all tax issues affecting owner managed businesses ranging from complex company restructures to share option schemes to general lifetime tax planning. He works with business owners/managers to offer bespoke solutions to their particular tax requirements.
When he is not busy reading his tax legislation, Paul enjoys walking his two boxer dogs, time with his family at their local pub and is a season ticket holder at Fratton Park.
Allison Walker – Director
Allison started her career in the early 1990’s working for a large local firm of solicitors in the area of Trust administration. Seven years later she decided upon a slight change in career when she was recruited by Paul to work with him as the first member of his new tax team. Qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser shortly after, Allison developed extensive experience in all areas of tax involving owner managed businesses. She was appointed as a tax partner in 2007 and was a key contributor to building the firm into a Top 100 practice.
Allison agreed to join Paul shortly after Freestone Jacobs was established to continue their working partnership and to pursue a role that enables her to make use of the knowledge and experience she has gained over twenty years. Allison advises on all areas of taxation including inheritance tax, trust planning, corporate taxes and reliefs.
In her spare time Allison is a sports and fitness fanatic and can regularly be seen running half marathons, playing netball and boxing. She has also taken on the role of personal trainer for some of her ‘lucky’ friends.
Sarah Dodd – Office Manager
Sarah has provided administration services within the field of tax for over sixteen years and, for a number of these, acted as a Personal Assistant for both Paul and Allison. As such she has a wealth of experience not only in the administrative issues commonly encountered within tax but, more vitally, in how to keep Paul and Allison under control.
Sarah joined Freestone Jacobs shortly after its creation as office manager dealing with all aspects of running the office and managing Paul and Allison’s diaries and the practice’s workflows.
Sarah has two young daughters whose dance classes and social calendars keep her busy outside working hours. However, in her limited spare time Sarah is trying to develop a love of running and enjoys socialising with friends.