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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Senior Consultant - Regional Tax

I came to Pro-Group all the way from Australia, and joined through the AC programme in October 2016. Now I am a Senior Tax Consultant on the Tax Regions team.

 

I specialise in recruiting tax professionals into Public Accountancy Practices nationally, with a targeted approach across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire. Working across a varied portfolio, my clients range from Big 4, Top 20 and boutique Practices.

 

I pride myself on honesty and listen to both clients and candidates to ensure they receive the best service.

 

Outside of work you will find me at festivals, travelling around Europe and tending to my small but growing indoor plant collection!

ashleigh's latest roles

  • TRANSFER PRICING MANAGER - BIRMINGHAM

    Negotiable

    A brand-new opportunity has arisen for a driven Transfer Pricing Manager to join the highest performing transfer pricing team outside of London. Focusing on an interesting and elite portfolio of FTSE and lar...

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  • MIXED TAX SENIOR - WATFORD - EXCELLEN...

    £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Parking + Flexi-Working

    A brand new opportunity has just arisen for a Mixed Tax Senior to join a highly reputable practice in Watford. With offices throughout London and regionally, this is a chance to join a forward-thinking firm ...

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  • EMPLOYMENT TAX MANAGER - WATFORD - FA...

    Benefits

    Keen to work in the most successful Employment Tax teams? Offering the best in the market for autonomy, flexibility and quality client projects this established employment tax team are seeking an Employment ...

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  • PRIVATE CLIENT TAX ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR...

    £75000 - £95000 per annum

    Do you have extensive experience advising private and international clients? Are you looking for a highly autonomous role where you can build your own client base and team? A Boutique practice in Surrey, who...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - BE...

    Negotiable

    A brand-new opportunity has just arisen for an experienced Expatriate Tax Assistant Manager to join this award-winning, Big 4 in Belfast. An advisory focused role who will be working with a variety of small ...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - SE...

    Negotiable

    Boutique Practice in working is seeking a hard-working Expatriate Tax Assistant Manager to join their team. Family Feel office Fantastic culture and team Study Support Option to work from home Recently takin...

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  • PERSONAL TAX ASSISTANT- OXFORD

    £20000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits

    Located in the heart of Oxford this award-winning practice lead in accountancy, financial services and insolvency practice throughout the UK. Experiencing exponential growth, this firm is now looking for a P...

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  • VAT SENIOR MANAGER - READING

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    Are you an experienced VAT Senior Manager looking for a highly autonomous role? Are you looking to build an established team beneath you? I'm currently working with a highly regarded Mid-Tier Practice in Rea...

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  • CAPITAL ALLOWANCES TAX MANAGER - READ...

    Benefits

    Are you looking to carve a career path for yourself within Capital Allowances Tax? I am working closely with a Big 4's Capital Allowances Tax Partner across the South East, and am looking to speak with motiv...

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  • TRANSFER PRICING SENIOR MANAGER - REA...

    £65000 - £85000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Do you want to work for a team which encourages you to be yourself, creativity and freedom? With a huge investment in Reading and the South East, it couldn't be a better time to join this fast-growing Transf...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX MANAGER - BRISTOL - WO...

    £45000 - £52000 per annum + Benefits

    A brand-new opportunity has just arisen for an experienced Expatriate Tax Manager to join this award winning, Big 4 in Bristol. A compliance focused role you will be working with a variety of small to large ...

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  • EMPLOYMENT TAX MANAGER (SHARE SCHEMES...

    Negotiable

    I'm currently managing an exciting opportunity for an Employment Tax Manager specialising in Share Schemes to work within a multi-award-winning team across the South West and Wales. Fantastic career progress...

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  • TAX SENIOR - RENOWNED PRIVATE CLIENT ...

    Negotiable

    Are you looking to join a firm that is renowned for its private client offering? Partner led Practice 14% year on year growth Paid Overtime Committed to providing the BEST SERVICE to their clients As the Tax...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - TOP 10 - PURE...

    £45000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Car

    With a prestigious reputation in Bristol and throughout the UK, this award winning Top 10 practice are seeking a technically astute Corporate Tax Manager to join their Bristol team. Leading the way for agile...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - MANCHESTER - ...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you looking for a role which offers high levels of autonomy and freedom? Looking to get involved in advisory projects with multinational clients? A Corporate Tax Manager is sought for a Big 4's Corporate...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - MANCHESTER - ...

    Benefits

    Are you looking for a role which offers high levels of autonomy and freedom? Looking to get involved in advisory projects with multinational clients? A Corporate Tax Manager is sought for a Big 4's Corporate...

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  • CORPORATE TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - ADV...

    Benefits

    A rare opportunity has arisen for a Corporate Tax Assistant Manager to join a Big 4 in Cambridge, within their Large Corporates Team. Work with the best tech companies Collaborative and dynamic team Supporti...

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  • CORPORATE TAX SENIOR MANAGER - PRIVAT...

    £65000 - £85000 per annum + Choices

    Don't be another cog in the wheel! Experiencing exponential growth this Big 4 are looking for an ambitious and technically strong individual to join their Private Equity team in Uxbridge. This is a rare and ...

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  • CORPORATE TAX SENIOR MANAGER (OMB FOC...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Join one of the largest International Accountancy and Consulting Groups. Priding themselves on a personal and Partner-led approach, this firm is now seeking a Corporate Tax Senior Manager, to drive their bus...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER (PARTNER DESIGN...

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits + Parking + Flexi-Working

    A clear route to Partnership Highly competitive salary International Network A rare opportunity has arisen to join a leading Mid-Tier Practice in Southampton. Priding themselves on a personal and partner-led...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - TOP 20 - READ...

    Negotiable

    Are you looking manage a diverse portfolio of corporate tax clients, both UK and International? Do you want to be apart of an established team and work on complex projects? I'm currently working with a globa...

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  • TRANSFER PRICING SENIOR MANAGER - TAX...

    Up to £80000 per annum + Benefits

    Join the Hub of Transfer Pricing in the Thames Valley and across South East! A national strategy put in place to grow the transfer pricing network throughout the South East This year's growth shows 50% in re...

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  • TAX AUDIT MANAGER - READING - PART-TIME

    £48000 - £60000 per annum

    Are you looking for a role which offers multiple flexible working arrangements? Want to work for a market leading Big 4, with endless career opportunities? I'm currently managing an exciting opportunity for ...

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  • TAX AUDIT MANAGER - BIRMINGHAM - PART...

    Negotiable

    Are you looking for a role which offers multiple flexible working arrangements? Want to work for a market leading Big 4, with endless career opportunities? I'm currently managing an exciting opportunity for ...

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  • TAX AUDIT SENIOR MANAGER - READING

    £70000 - £85000 per annum

    With a national strategy put in place to grow the Audit of Tax Network, it couldn't be a more exciting time to join this Big 4 in Reading. Work alongside experienced Director and Partners across the UK Fanta...

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  • AUDIT OF TAX SENIOR MANAGER - BIRMING...

    Car Allowance

    With a national strategy put in place to grow the Audit of Tax Network, it couldn't be a more exciting time to join this Big 4. Work alongside experienced Director and Partners across the UK Fantastic progre...

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  • STAMP DUTY TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER (SDL...

    £40000 - £48000 per annum

    Have you had experienced with Stamp Duty Land Tax? looking to join a supportive and national network? Experiencing 30% growth year on Be a part of the national network As the Stamp Duty Tax Assistant Manager...

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  • M&A TAX SENIOR MANAGER - GLASGOW - AG...

    5 k Car allowance

    A Big 4 in Glasgow are seeking a pro-active M&A Tax Senior Manager to join their growing team in Scotland. This is the exciting opportunity to join a Deals Tax Team and working alongside the M&A Tax Partner ...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX MANAGER - MANCHESTER -...

    £45000 - £52000 per annum + Car

    Are you looking for a role which offers unlimited flexible working arrangements? Did you want a better work-life balance? Boasting brand new offices this market leading Big 4 is seeking an experienced Expatr...

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  • R&D TAX MANAGER - READING - ADVISORY ...

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you looking for an opportunity which offers a clear route Director? Are you an individual with experience in UK R&D tax credits and patent box claims? I'm currently working with a Big 4 in Reading who ar...

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  • R&D TAX MANAGER - SOUTHAMPTON - AGILE...

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you looking for an opportunity which offers a clear route Director? Are you an individual with experience in UK R&D tax credits and patent box claims? I'm currently working with a Big 4 in Southampton wh...

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  • TAX SENIOR - INDEPENDENT PRACTICE - R...

    £35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus

    This is a chance to work with a leading independent practice in Reading. A dynamic workplace this is a great opportunity for someone who can hit the ground running and work directly alongside the Business Ta...

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  • PRIVATE CLIENT TAX SENIOR - READING

    Benefits

    Are you look to join an established and structured tax team? Are you looking for a role which offers you career progression? An award-winning Firm in Reading is seeking a motivated Private Client Tax Senior ...

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  • MIXED TAX SENIOR MANAGER - GLASGOW - ...

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    re you looking to join a practice where you can see the fruits of your labour come into fruition? Want to give a more personalised service to clients? I'm eager to speak with motivated Mixed Tax Senior Manag...

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  • SENIOR TAX MANAGER - LARGE CORPORATES...

    £70000 - £90000 per annum + Benefits + Parking + Flexi-Working

    This multi-awarding winning Big 4 are seeking a Senior Tax Manager to join their growing Large Corporates team in Crawley. The team has experienced 60% growth from previous years Interesting client base, inc...

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  • CORPORATE TAX MANAGER - LEEDS -BIG 4

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits

    Are you looking to be apart of a national network? Looking for a clear route to Director? I'm currently recruiting within this award winnings, Big 4's Corporate Tax Private Business team in Leeds. Fantastic ...

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  • CORPORATE TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER -TOP ...

    £38000 - £48000 per annum + Benefits + Parking + Flexi-Working

    Are you CTA/ACA qualified and looking to join one of the most successful and fast-growing Corporate Tax team in Bristol? This renowned Practice is seeking a motivated Corporate Tax Assistant Manager to join ...

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  • VAT ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - READING - MA...

    Negotiable

    Join one of the world's leading independent tax and advisory firms! A rare opportunity has arisen for a VAT Associate Director to join a renowned Practice in Reading. As the VAT Associate Director, you will ...

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  • PRIVATE CLIENT TAX ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR...

    £75000 - £95000 per annum

    Do you have extensive experience advising private and international clients? Are you looking for a highly autonomous role where you can build your own client base and team? A Boutique practice in Surrey, who...

    Read more...
  • EXPATRIATE TAX MANAGER - MANCHESTER -...

    £42000 - £47000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Are you looking for a role which offers unlimited flexible working arrangements? Did you want a better work-life balance? Boasting brand new offices this market-leading Big 4 is seeking an experienced Expatr...

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  • EXPATRIATE TAX MANAGER - BIRMINGHAM -...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Are you looking for a role which offers unlimited flexible working arrangements? Did you want a better work-life balance? Boasting brand new offices this market-leading Big 4 is seeking an experienced Expatr...

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  • CORPORATE TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - BIR...

    £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Flexible Working

    Experiencing rapid growth, they are now seeking an experienced Corporate Tax Assistant Manager to join their Corporate Tax team. The role itself is split between compliance and advisory services for a range ...

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  • Tax Senior - R&D - Birmingham

    Negotiable

    Are you a Tax Senior looking to move into the R&D space? I'm currently working with Multi-Award winning R&D team in Birmingham who is looking for a R&D Tax Senior to join their team. - Established team - Adv...

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  • MIXED TAX SENIOR MANAGER - FANTASTIC...

    Negotiable

    Are you looking to join a practice where you can see the fruits of your labour come into fruition? Want to give a more personalised service to clients? I'm eager to speak with motivated Mixed Tax Senior Mana...

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  • R&D TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER- BIRMINGHAM...

    Negotiable

    Are you an individual with experience in UK R&D tax credits and patent box claims? I'm currently working with Multi-Award winning R&D team in Birmingham who is looking for an experienced R&D Tax Assistant Ma...

    Read more...
  • EMPLOYMENT TAX ASSISTANT MANAGER - FL...

    Negotiable

    Are you looking to cement your career in Employment Taxes? Do you want to join one of the fastest-growing employment tax teams in the South West? Competitive Salary and Benefits tailored to you Global Second...

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  • CORPORATE TAX SENIOR MANAGER - MANCHE...

    £58000 - £65000 per annum + Discretionary Bonus + Parking

    Are you looking for a role which will offer you a clear career path? My long-standing client in Manchester is looking to secure a Corporate Tax Senior Manager to help lead their Corporate Tax offering. Conti...

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  • TAX ASSISTANT - NORTHAMPTON - GREAT C...

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + Study Support

    Are you look to join an established and structured tax team? Are you looking for a role which offers you career progression? An award-winning Firm in Northampton is seeking a motivated Tax Assistant to join ...

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  • STAMP DUTY TAX MANAGER (SDLT) - MANCH...

    Negotiable

    Are you looking for a role which offers part-time and full hours? Are you a Stamp Duty Tax Manager but looking to develop your broader corporate tax skills? I'm eager to speak with an experienced Tax Manager...

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  • CORPORATE TAX SENIOR MANAGER - HIGH W...

    £65000 - £70000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Multi-award winning Practice in High Wycombe is seeking a dynamic and experienced Corporate Tax Senior Manager to join their team. Option to work part-time or full-time Fantastic benefits package - Car Allow...

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  • TRANSFER PRICING SENIOR MANAGER - NOR...

    £65000 - £85000 per annum + Car Allowance

    Do you want to work for a team which encourages you to be yourself, creativity and freedom? With a huge investment in Reading and the South East, it couldn't be a better time to join this fast-growing Transf...

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What people say about Ashleigh

Just a quick note to say how incredible Jennifer and Ashleigh have been this past month/week. Considering we have a huge direct sourcing agenda here at the moment, it is an absolute pleasure to work with them and they’ve been super helpful and transparent. 


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Companies Ashleigh has worked with

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With over 70 UK partners and 550 employees, Saffery Champness is recognised as one of the UK’s leading accounting firms and a leader in the private client market,  specialising in providing advice to a broad range of individuals, their families, businesses and wider interests.

Everfair Tax was established in 2014 when Gillian Everall decided to step away from Frank Hirth and begin her own private client venture. Gillian’s aim was to offer a full range of private client tax and expatriate tax services with a more personalised touch and service.

Kingston Smith is an established accountancy practice helping clients with their business for over 90 years. With offices in London and the South East, they have over 60 partners and around 500 staff in the UK.

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ashleigh's articles

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5 Key Benefits of Working at a Big 4 Regional Office

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

There are many benefits of working in one of the regional offices of the Big 4. You will work with high-performing teams, a range of diverse clients and will gain the same professional qualifications and experience as someone in the same service line in London. Here at Pro-Tax, we work closely with the regional offices of the Big 4 and our regional tax recruitment experts have provided key insights into the 5 key benefits of working in the regions. 1. Broad scope of work Working in a regional office for one of the Big 4 can offer a broad scope of work. This is not to say that the quality of work will do down outside of the London offices - you will still work with massive clients but your scope of work is likely to be broader and you can expect to cover more aspects of tax, enabling you to build a broad and diverse portfolio. However, specialist tax teams are now pushing out into the regions as opposed to simply staying within London. M&A teams, for example, are building out in regional offices including Reading and Cambridge, so if you are looking for experience in certain niche areas of tax this can also be found in some regional offices. Not only this but working at a smaller regional office will give you the chance to work directly with more senior members of the team. This, in turn, means you will learn a lot and gain valuable experience that you may not have had to chance to experience in a London office. 2. Work-life balance Working in a regional office can offer a better work-life balance in some respects. You may find you have better working hours, and avoiding a 2-hour commute in and out of London will cut down your working day. Regional offices offer good car allowances and cutting out the London commute will also save you money, as will the lower cost of living outside of London. It is estimated that in areas outside of London the price of living costs up to 60% less - avoiding the high costs of London living can provide opportunities to get onto the property ladder and invest earlier on in your career. Regional offices also tend to offer a more relaxed culture in comparison to the London offices of the Big 4. They often have flexible and agile working benefits, and opportunities for dress-down or ‘dress for your diary’ policies, all of which contribute towards a better work-life balance. 3. Clear scope for progression Although there are more and more people choosing to work outside of London, the capital is still one of the top destinations for tax professionals seeking work. There are so many people in the London offices for the Big 4, which inevitably means more competition. In the regional offices, because teams tend to be smaller and less established than the larger London offices there are fewer people competing which therefore means a clearer scope for progression. There are still ample opportunities for promotion and the chance to build up a team in the region, but you most likely won’t find yourself in a situation where you are competing against ten other Managers for the Senior Manager position! 4. Exposure There is sometimes a perception that London is the ‘only place to be’ to get the experience to succeed in tax, but in reality, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, working in a London office does come with many positives when it comes to building up your experience, but so does working in the regions. Many of the large companies coming over from the US place themselves outside of the M25 - Cambridge, for example, is the base for many large tech companies. This is due to the fact that there is more space, it is not as expensive and it is still incredibly easy to commute into London. This, in turn, means that working in the regional office of a Big 4 firm comes with exposure to these large companies and there is a continuous work-flow coming to the regional practices. One of the Big 4 has estimated that two-thirds of their clients are served by regional offices - you will have a lot of contact with these clients and gain more responsibility which will only benefit your career. 5. Help the regions grow By moving to a regional office you’ll be using your knowledge and skills to improve towns and cities across the UK and grow communities of industry experts outside of London. You’ll be aiding clients nearby in growing and expanding their business, and business development is a large part of working in the regions. There is only so much expansion the London offices can achieve in terms of capacity, and you will play a big part in helping your regional office grow and expand. For more information on this article or to speak to Ashleigh about your regional Tax recruiting needs, contact her on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About: Sue Lucas, Partner at Moore Stephens

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Described by clients as the ultimate professional, Sue Lucas has advised a large portfolio of large and small companies, developing areas of expertise including the construction sector and corporate structuring. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? To identify new business opportunities, know your own strengths and weaknesses and work on them, continually develop technical ability, and understand how to manage change and people. Most importantly ensure your contribution to the whole firm is positive and profitable. What do Moore Stephens do well? Offer consistent and effective high-quality solutions to both our clients and our team whilst staying true to our values. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? None really. Everyone communicates differently, however good structure, clear detailed explanations and of course an ability to spell is always desirable! How would your team describe you? Passionate, driven and approachable. If not in tax, what would the dream be? I have a mixed client base who always require tax solutions, the variety keeps me engaged and interested so I have no desire to change other than perhaps running an OMB. Biggest superstition/fear? Nothing really frightens me other than the terrible horror movies my teenage sons' watch! What is your morning routine before work? Walking through the woods to the river with my 10 year old black Labrador. Skiing or beach? Both, the more holidays I take the more effective I become. Who is your hero? Derek Corke, he is the partner that mentored and promoted me 25 years ago, a wise and empathetic individual who empowered myself and some of my current partners to think about an accountancy practice in a different way! What is your life hack/top tip? Be happy, family first, know who you are and stay true to your personal beliefs. For more information about this article, or to speak to Ashleigh about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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60 seconds with: Gillian Everall, Managing Director at Everfair Tax

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Having trained in Deloitte and gained experience in a number of other large firms such as Baker Tilly, BDO LLP and most recently Frank Hirth plc as an Associate Director in the Private Client Group, Gillian has spent the last 15 years working with high net worth individuals advising across a broad range of tax issues and across income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Always believe you can and stick to your vision but try to never forget what it was like to do the roles you will be asking others to do What do Everfair do well? We make sure we know, have time for and listen to our clients. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Typos and when it doesn’t provide sufficient detail as to what previous roles involved. How would your team describe you? Supportive and approachable (I hope!!) If not in tax, what would the dream be? Paid travel blogger exploring the world. Biggest superstition/fear? I am not a fan of Friday 13th! What is your morning routine before work? With a toddler in the house, I am not sure there is one – much more like organised chaos. Skiing or beach? Definitely beach with a good book to read, sea to swim in and maybe a cocktail to drink! Who is your hero? Depends on the context! Team GB and Paralympics GB and generally anyone who juggles full-time work, family and outside interests! What is your life hack/top tip? If anyone has any good ones let me know! I live by lists, online shopping and a google calendar on my phone! Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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The 6 Biggest CV Mistakes

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Writing a CV can be a daunting task on the face of it. You have to concisely summarise your entire working life into a few short pages and hope that your personality shines through enough that the HR manager will pick up the phone. With so much time and effort going into covering every single detail and crafting that perfect paper representation of you, are you missing the bigger picture? Our expert recruiters breakdown the six most common CV mistakes that may be killing your chances at success. 1. “I have good attention to detail” Ahh, one of the most frequently used terms in a CV when describing personal attributes, and what a great attribute to have! However, word of warning, if you are going to use this term make sure there are absolutely no typos in your CV. There’s nothing worse to be claiming to be something you’re not when it comes to applying for jobs. Always proofread your work, then proof it again and then get another set of eyes over it. Simple mistakes say a lot about a person and a huge 43% of hiring managers said they dismiss a CV because it contains typos! 2. Order, Order! It’s always a great idea to put the order of your previous jobs in chronological order, even better when you date them so it’s obvious where you worked, when and how long for. What’s confusing is when there is no order or reason behind the ordering of the past experience. It instantly sends out a bad message and reflects badly on your organisational and communication skills and almost immediately disqualifies you from progressing further. 3. Me, Myself and I One of the biggest bugbears that hiring managers have when looking at CVs is the use of I. Your name is at the top, it is implied that the document is about you and nobody wants to go through the repetition of “I did this” or “I did that”. It’s a surefire way to getting the reader to dismiss your CV almost instantly. Your CV is a factual representation of you be sure to keep it impersonal, concise and accurate. Instead of using “ I automated the hiring process...” opt for “Automated the hiring process…” 4. Tailor Made When writing a CV it’s always a great idea to tailor it to the role or firm that you’re applying to. Unfortunately, when it comes to CVs, one size doesn’t fit all. Whether you’re using a CV template or writing a CV from scratch, to really maximise your chances you need to really spell out the reasons why the hiring manager should choose you and the best way to do this is to match your experience up with the ideal candidate specification. Although it may seem like this may take a long time it is definitely time well spent. 5. OTT While it’s fine to show a bit of personality in a CV do not go over the top. Nearly 40% of respondents in a YouGov poll put poor design down as a reason to disqualify an applicant. So what counts as over the top? Unusual fonts for one. Stick with Arial, 11pt in black. Easily read, smart and formal it’s always a winner with recruiters. What paper should you use? Easy, white A4, that’s it. Do you need any snazzy borders to jazz it up? Absolutely not. Remember this is a professional document with the aim of selling you in a few seconds. You’ll definitely stand out using unusual formats, fonts and colours but not in the way that you want. Bullet points are your friend here. They’re to the point (no pun intended), easy to read and are great for people who are reading in a rush. 6. Honesty is the best policy Nobody likes being lied to. However, with one-third of CVs and job applications containing falsifications, it seems that the majority of applicants feel it is permissible to embellish their experiences to some extent. Now, by no means are we here to judge you, no, no, no we would just strongly advise against it for these reasons. Applicants tend to big up their CVs out of fear that their experience is not impressive enough. However, dishonesty is always risky, whether it is a small fib or a whopping great lie, chances are you will get found out. Companies usually carry out their due diligence and more often than not your white lie is uncovered and your reputation is left in tatters. Who wants to hire an ousted liar? If by some chance you don’t get caught out and get the job you now have to perform at the standard you perpetuated on your CV. This can get extremely awkward and embarrassing… There we have it if you are already avoiding these mistakes you're a CV superstar. If not, then why not? If you’re able to follow these simple steps your CV will be infinitely better. Remember if you need help or a professional point of view then our expert recruitment consultants are always happy to give you a few pointers. For more information on this article or to speak to Ashleigh about your recruiting needs or jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk.

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Spring a step closer to home

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

With the final winter month underway with the predicted week of snow commuters have been thrown once again into a beautiful white world of havoc, with canceled trains, snowed in drives and impassable roads! I'm sure more than a few of us have been wishing that they had a role closer to home. Here are four reasons why it might just be time to cut the London commute and spring into a new role closer to home. 1. Commuting is expensive! Hotspots to travel into London from are Reading, Cambridge and Woking to name just a few. Recently commuters from Cambridge received a 3.4% increase in season ticket prices, adding an extra £170 to their season ticket loan in 2018 (Cambridge News, 2018). Woking, known for an easy commute of 22miles, will set you back £3,136 for an annual season ticket. With the added strain of packed carriages, canceled services, and signal failures it doesn't make any logical sense why the UK has the highest train fares in Europe. 2. Being close to home means a better work-life balance. For parents returning to work, a role closer to home saves time in the morning and the hassle of arranging extra childcare. With flexible working becoming more common within practice, particularly the Big 4, incorporating the school run into the morning routine is easy to do without the added commute. 3. One of the main reasons why tax professionals are seeking new roles is lack of career progression within their current firm. With London and other major cities being known as the hives of activities for tax roles, competition is high and people at manager grade are far down the pecking line within a big firm. Working close to home or a local practices, generally, there is less competition and greater opportunity for career progression. 4. Without the added stress of commuting, snowed in roads, canceled trains and rude commuters you will be more productive with your time. Without the added stress and frustration of traffic jams, this will have a positive effect on your productivity. This will naturally lead to greater job satisfaction. Is it time to cut the commute and consider a role closer to home? Please get it touch for a relaxed chat about the regional tax market

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