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Louise Speke

Louise Speke

Chief Tax Adviser

Louise has overall responsibility for tax law and policy, including the tax advisory service to members. She originally qualified as solicitor and after leaving private practice spent over 13 years as the Law Society’s Tax Policy Adviser before joining the CLA in July 2013.

She represents the CLA on HMRC’s Capital Tax Liaison Group and their VAT on Land & Property Liaison Group.  She is also a member of the Welsh Government Tax Forum.


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This Guidance Note concerns what is and is not included in a listing, i.e. the principal building and potentially fixtures, attached structures, and...
The law requires listed building consent (LBC) for any work to a listed building which affects its 'special interest'.  Work which does not affect...
Guidance Note on Certificates of Lawfulness of Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) and Certificates of Proposed Use or Development (CLOPUD)
Under new rules, if your septic tank currently discharges directly to a surface water you must replace or upgrade the system by 1 January 2020.  This...
This Guidance Note provides government planning guidance to support on-farm reservoirs, farm shops, the use of polytunnels, farm tracks and on-farm...

Louise Speke's Articles & Blog Posts

Louise Speke, CLA Chief Tax Adviser, discusses the implications of the recommendations in the recently published report on inheritance tax by the...
Louise Speke CLA Chief Taxation Adviser comments on the recent media and political interest surrounding Agricultural Property Relief  
Louise Speke, CLA Chief Tax Adviser, discusses VAT related queries that she and her team deal with regularly, and looks at the approach you should...