ABOUT P.O’N. CARDEN

Founded by Philippe in 1977, two years after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, the practice has specialised since the very early years in the tax affairs of individuals working in theatre and television. The specialism has broadened to include film, opera and dance as well as designers, writers and visual artists.

The team at P O’N Carden has grown accordingly. The return of Philippe’s Chartered Accountant daughter, Mondane, to the practice in 2012 was a welcome modernising influence and she became a partner in 2015. She is shaping the strategy of the practice as it faces the challenges generated by the increasing digitalisation of tax and commercial activities as well as changes in the patterns of work of both clients and staff.

Philippe’s lecture “How to survive the UK Tax System” is delivered annually to students at LAMDA, Central and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is much appreciated.

In addition to the preparation of accounts and the completion of tax returns, we routinely carry out Double Tax Relief calculations for clients who work overseas and use the averaging rules for creators of literary and artistic works. When appropriate, we claim the Seafarers’ Earnings Deduction for performers who have worked on cruise ships.

Friendly service

Our family-run firm offers a personal approach and consistency where clients feel confident that they are in safe hands.

Bespoke offering

We provide a tailored range of services from compliance – accounts, Tax Returns, VAT and payroll to advisory – business growth and tax planning.

Specialisation in the Arts

Years of experience in the field has given us a wide breadth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of performing arts.

Clear tax advice

We offer detailed tax payment timetables and guide you through HMRC’s requirements. We are a Making Tax Digital ready firm.

We are proud to be partners with QuickBooks

Accounting software that helps you create custom invoices, manage VAT and see your data in real time.

MEET THE TEAM

Philippe Carden, MA, FCA

Philippe Carden, MA, FCA

Partner

Philippe began the practice in 1977. Loving the world of theatre, he soon set up the firm’s niche, specialising in the tax affairs of actors, stage managers, technicians, directors, writers, producers as well as comedians, musicians and artists of all kinds.

Mondane Carden, BSc, MAAT, FCA

Mondane Carden, BSc, MAAT, FCA

Partner

Mondane re-joined the practice in 2012 and she deals with the accounts and tax of sole traders and limited companies, advising entertainers and businesses in the creative industries. She splits her time between Derbyshire and the office in Ewell.

Andrew Fairmaner, BSc, MAAT, ACCA

Andrew Fairmaner, BSc, MAAT, ACCA

Manager

Andrew started with the firm in 2013. He reviews the accounts and tax returns for sole traders and limited companies. He also submits VAT returns and processes payroll. Andrew qualified with the ACCA in May 2019.

Diane Morgan

Diane Morgan

VAT Preparation

Diane works on the VAT returns for a number of high-profile clients and has been with the firm for over 30 years.

Nikki Wilkinson

Nikki Wilkinson

Accounts Preparation

Nikki joined the team in September 2017. She works part-time, preparing accounts for sole traders.

Jessica Lapping

Jessica Lapping

Accounts Preparation

Jess began working at P O’N Carden in June 2018. She prepares accounts and drafts tax returns for sole trader clients.

Lucy Rock

Lucy Rock

Accounts Preparation

Lucy joined the team in the summer of 2019. She works part-time, preparing accounts for sole traders.

Kate Thurlow

Kate Thurlow

Administration

Kate often meets the clients and she helps out with the administration part-time. She can also turn her hand to number-crunching.

Philippe Carden, MA, FCA

Philippe Carden, MA, FCA

Partner

Philippe began the practice in 1977. Loving the world of theatre, he soon set up the firm’s niche, specialising in the tax affairs of actors, stage managers, technicians, directors, writers, producers as well as comedians, musicians and artists of all kinds.

Mondane Carden, BSc, MAAT, FCA

Mondane Carden, BSc, MAAT, FCA

Partner

Mondane re-joined the practice in 2012 and she deals with the accounts and tax of sole traders and limited companies, advising entertainers and businesses in the creative industries. She splits her time between Derbyshire and the office in Ewell.

Andrew Fairmaner, BSc, MAAT, ACCA

Andrew Fairmaner, BSc, MAAT, ACCA

Manager

Andrew started with the firm in 2013. He reviews the accounts and tax returns for sole traders and limited companies. He also submits VAT returns and processes payroll. Andrew qualified with the ACCA in May 2019.

Diane Morgan

Diane Morgan

VAT Preparation

Diane works on the VAT returns for a number of high-profile clients and has been with the firm for over 30 years.

Nikki Wilkinson

Nikki Wilkinson

Accounts Preparation

Nikki joined the team in September 2017. She works part-time, preparing accounts for sole traders.

Jessica Lapping

Jessica Lapping

Accounts Preparation

Jess began working at P O’N Carden in June 2018. She prepares accounts and drafts tax returns for sole trader clients.

Lucy Rock

Lucy Rock

Accounts Preparation

Lucy joined the team in the summer of 2019. She works part-time, preparing accounts for sole traders.

Kate Thurlow

Kate Thurlow

Administration

Kate often meets the clients and she helps out with the administration part-time. She can also turn her hand to number-crunching.

TESTIMONIALS

“I have been with this lovely team since the early ‘90s. Friendly, approachable and always up to speed with the latest changes and requirements from our friends in the tax office. They know all the ins and outs of theatre and TV world but extremely helpful in my other business forays! I just can’t recommend enough!”

Jill, Actor

“I have been using Philippe and his team for 15 years now and always highly recommend him to all of my colleagues and friends in the industry. They are always available to answer any questions I have… They make tax make sense. Hear, hear for the BAFTA for services to Theatre and Television.”

Leigh, Lighting Technician

“Philippe and his team have looked after me for many years and they are just brilliant. Superbly professional, but with the human touch. Cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Kate, Music Director

“Highly recommend Philippe and his brilliant team. Thank you for all your help.”

Celia, Actor and Speech Coach

“I’m just about to file my third return with P’ON Carden and I couldn’t be happier with the service I receive. I only wish I’d found them earlier. Mondane and Andrew have always been there when I’ve needed them no matter what the issue. They give sound advice and I’ve never felt rushed or hassled as I have done in the past. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an accountant. Top people and top service!”

Jim, Actor

“I’ve always been slightly wary of accountants. And admit I arrived to this wonderful firm in a tax mess with HMRC hot on my heels and full of dread and embarrassment. Thankfully the professionals here at P.O’.N Carden put me at ease immediately and took control of the situation. They care and they know the world of finance and are always on top of the almost endless financial developments taking place. They explained everything and sorted me out in record time. Also sorting my pensions and other tax related issues I’ve neglected for years. I am very grateful to them. I’m also delighted to finally be with a firm of accountants who know the business of Acting. A company of people who have empathy and compassion for the trade and all its delights and challenges. I feel aligned and supported by them moving forward.”

“I have been with PON Carden for 30 years and can recommend the high level of professionalism coupled with the personal and dedicated service they provide. Philippe and his team are always there for you, whether you are starting in the entertainment industry or fully established. It is good to know a company that cares as much for their clients as they do in the expertise of their tax affairs. Thanking you all.”

Nick, Writer

“I have been relying on Philippe and his team to help with my accounts since shortly after I left drama school over a decade ago. In the last few years it has been Andrew who has been my first port of call there. He has helped me navigate everything from maternity allowance, to VAT registration, to capital gains tax, explaining it all to me with clarity and patience. He is impressively swift at replying to emails and incredibly thorough. Everyone at P’ON Carden is a pleasure to deal with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

Fiona, Actor

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