Sharon Bedford
Partner, James Cowper Kreston

Sharon Bedford is a Partner in James Cowper Kreston’s tax team, based in Oxford.

She has over 30 years’ experience of advising companies and their stakeholders on taxation. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA).

Having gained extensive experience in Big 4 firms, including in North America, Sharon moved to James Cowper Kreston in 2002.

Sharon has a deep expertise in international tax matters, including BEPS, cross-border financing, supply chain management, tax structures, international M&A and transfer pricing.  Having worked abroad herself she has a good understanding of the challenges of international business.  She has helped a large number of overseas businesses establish UK operations and has also helped a number of UK companies set up international operations and collaborations, particularly in the US.

Sharon is a member of the International Tax Group of Kreston International, a global network on independent accounting firms, and regularly presents on tax matters at their international tax conferences.

Sharon has a varied portfolio of clients of all sizes, with a predominance in the technology sector. She has advised technology companies and their stakeholders on a wide range of taxation issues including; R&D Tax Credits, Patent Box, EIS, Share Schemes and M&A transactions.

Speaker sessions


07:30 - 08:45

Inward Investment Global Growth – Opportunities and Challenges: USA

Sponsored by Penningtons Manches Cooper and James Cowper Kreston

Taylor’s Yard

In this session we will hear from investors from the US about why technology developed in Oxfordshire is attracting interest and investment from the US. We will also hear from Oxfordshire companies who have explored commercial opportunities in the US who want to share their experiences with those considering a similar path.

Confirmed Panellists: Rajarshi Banerjee – Perspectum Diagnostics, Rowan Gardner – Ozo Innovations, and Gary Muddyman – Conversis

Chaired by Sharon Bedford – James Cowper Kreston

Breakfast available from 07:00.

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