Philip O’Connor

Philip O'Connor

Year joined: 1989

Role: Director

A member of:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA)

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Professional background

Phil is a director at Essex Abel and has been with the practice since joining in 1989 from a national firm of accountants. He is both a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. He became a director in 1997 and has played a leading role in the development of the practice since this time.

Phil also acts as Non-executive finance director for a number of businesses in the East Midlands and as Finance Director for Donington Park Racing Ltd, the leading motor racing circuit based at Castle Donington.

Areas of expertise

Phil works closely with a diverse range of client types such as landowners, property developers and building contractors and advises on all aspects of a business; especially in dealing with the complexities of tax planning, wealth management, finance raising and providing business growth advice.


His interests include motor racing, walking and shooting.

Tool to improve profitability and efficiency

…Phil’s approach was different from my previous experience with accountants, after spending some time getting to understand our business; together we set out a plan to achieve my ambitions both within the business and personally. His support has allowed my business to expand, develop, flourish and more recently, move to prestigious premises on Pride Park Derby.

His advice in tax planning matters has been excellent; within the business he has helped us navigate the minefield of the Construction Industry Scheme and personally, has helped us to minimize our tax including setting up a Self Invested Personal Pension.

…In both strategic and the operational issues I find Phil’s advice to be invaluable and I am pleased to recommend him and Essex Abel to you.

Ian HodgkinsonManaging Director Hodgkinson Builders Ltd - Derby