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 a client of the team at P O’N Carden for over fifteen years. They are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and always respond quickly to queries. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone thinking of using their services. I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else.”

Jake, Screenwriter

“I’d gladly recommend the P. O’N. Carden team – they’ve looked after me for several years and the service is always warm, professional and comprehensive. On top of the help with my accounts, I find the blogs are excellent at explaining accountancy issues and updated HMRC policies in a clear and understandable way.”

Jack, Actor & Writer

“Thanks for buttoning up my tax matters for the year so efficiently as usual. Since residuals started coming in, it threw a spanner in the works with the additional stream of income needing to be dealt with for tax purposes. Whilst, if I put my mind to it, I’m sure I’d be able to manage it on my own, after my mini brush with HMRC prior to coming back to you (interest/fine for a late payment) I’d rather not have the hassle. You and your staff set everything out in a way that is easy to follow and so make my tax affairs so straight forward.”

K.P.

“Mondane, Philippe, Andrew and the whole team at P’ON Carden are utterly delightful to work with. They never fail to go the extra mile to help me understand the mysterious minefield that is tax! They are consistently hard working, so responsive and joyous to deal with – I cannot recommend them enough. I am so grateful to Mondane and the team, who walked me through every step of the seemingly daunting process of moving my tax return from paper to digital. Thanks to Mondane it was incredibly simple and has subsequently made my life infinitely less stressful! What used to be a week of anxious dread, every January, as I hauled myself through mounds of receipts is now a couple of hours, maximum, of collating details and sending ONE email. Thanks to Mondane’s nurturing guidance in a realm that genuinely baffles me – I now send in my tax return in April and am not remotely triggered when it comes to tax. I honestly hated the whole process and now I’m at ease, thanks to Mondane and everyone in the office. As well as being so genuinely wonderful to work with as people; their specific knowledge, extensive experience and deep understanding in the acting financial landscape is beyond impressive. Having worked with a non-industry specific accountant in the past, the difference is truly profound, they have taught me so much. P’ON Carden are more than simply accountants, they are genuinely invested in you as a client and, most importantly, as a person. They never have anything other than your best interests at heart.”

D.F., Actor

“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

“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’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’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

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

Celia, Actor and Speech Coach

“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

“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

“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

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