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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

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Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Principal Consultant | Tax | Regional

I came to Pro-Group all the way from Australia, and joined through the AC programme in October 2016. Now I am a Principal 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

  • Trusts Tax Manager - Bristol

    Negotiable

    With aggressive growth plans across the South East, this Top 10 with a solid reputation across the market, are now in need of an experienced and expert Trusts Manager to be based across their Bristol, London...

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  • Trust Manager - Law Firm

    £60000 - £70000 per annum

    A highly regarded, Law Firm in London as seeking a competent and hard-working Trust Manager to join their established team. This Firm boasts a fantastic, family feel culture and genuinely care about their em...

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  • Trusts Senior - Bristol

    £30000 - £38000 per annum

    A brand new opportunity has just arisen for a Trust Senior to join this multi-awarding winning firm in Bristol. My client is looking to conduct telephone and virtual interviews for successful applicants. As ...

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  • Trusts Tax Assistant Manager- Make yo...

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    A highly regarded, Law Firm in London as seeking a competent and hard-working Assistant Trust Manager to join their established team. This Firm boasts a fantastic, family feel culture and genuinely care abou...

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  • Global Mobility Tax Senior - Reading ...

    Negotiable

    A Global Mobility Tax Senior is sought for a highly regarded Top 30 Firm based in Reading. With offices across the South and London, this team is looking to expand its presence across Reading. I'm eager to s...

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

    £65000 - £85000 per annum

    Do you want to work for a team that 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 Transfe...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - Reading - ...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    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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  • Tax Manager - Reading - New Vacancy

    £48000 - £60000 per annum

    A highly successful, Top 20 Accountancy Firm is recruiting for Tax Manager to join the team at its office in Reading. Our client is looking to set up skype interviews whilst we are social distancing- get ahe...

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  • Private Client Tax Senior - Reading

    £25000 - £35000 per annum

    A brand new opportunity has come onto the market within a renowned regional Private Client Tax team in Reading. I'm eager to speak with ATT qualified private client professionals who are currently undergoing...

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  • Expatriate Tax Senior - Guildford - G...

    £20000 - £25000 per annum

    Are you a Tax Senior looking to broaden your skill-set? Want to work for a growing international tax practice with a network of firms in over 90 Countries? Due to growth, they are looking for an Expatriate T...

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  • Trust Tax Assistant Manager - Guildford

    £45000 - £52000 per annum

    Do you have a passion for Trusts? Do you want to join a market leading team and work with the best trusts specialists across the UK? Due to organic growth, my long standing client is seeking a Assistant Trus...

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  • Tax Technical Role - London

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Are you looking to step away from a traditional tax manager position and into a tax technical role? Are you looking for something a bit different which will allow you to play to your strengths of problem sol...

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  • Business Tax Assistant Manager (Techn...

    £50000 - £57500 per annum

    Business Tax Assistant Manager (Tax Technical) - National Tax Team Do you love getting immersed in technical work and solving problems? Do you enjoy writing articles, presenting and delivering training? I'm ...

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  • Indirect Tax Manager - High Growth Team

    Negotiable

    Join the market leaders in Global VAT Compliance, this team is seeking a driven Indirect Tax Manager to be based anywhere across the UK. This a rare opportunity to build global Indirect Tax technical skills,...

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  • Mixed Tax Senior - Fast Track Progres...

    £35000 - £47500 per annum

    A highly regarded Mid-Tier firm in London is seeking a Tax Senior to join their growing tax team. This firm is renowned for fast-tracking driven and committed individuals in their career and they are looking...

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  • Private Client Tax Manager - Market-L...

    £58000 - £65000 per annum

    Do you want to be surrounded by the most technical and regarded private client professionals in the market? Due to growth, my long-standing client is looking for a Private Client Tax Manager to join their re...

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  • Mixed Tax Senior - Reading - Fantasti...

    Benefits + Study Support

    With offices throughout the UK this firm boasts a variety of corporate and personal tax clients and require a Mixed Tax Senior to join their team. Dedicated to growth and committed to providing a supportive ...

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  • Private Client Tax Senior - Highly Re...

    £35000 - £47000 per annum

    Join one of the market leaders in private client tax. Do you want to work on international advisory projects? Do you want an established team of mentors around you who can help you build an impressive career...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Advisory Focu...

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    A truly unique opportunity has arisen for a Corporate Tax Manager to join this renowned Top 100 Firm who are going through an impressive growth phase. Working directly alongside the Corporate Tax Director an...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Adviosry Focu...

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    A truly unique opportunity has arisen for a Corporate Tax Manager to join this renowned Top 100 Firm who are going through an impressive growth phase. Working directly alongside the Corporate Tax Director an...

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  • Business Tax Manager - Highly Competi...

    £70000 - £80000 per annum

    A rare opportunity has arisen to join a highly regarded business tax team in London. - Multi-award winner of tax advisory firm of the year - Competitive salary and benefits package - 70k-80k Basic + Benefits...

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  • VAT Assistant Manager - Hands on Role

    Negotiable

    This national VAT team is looking for a dynamic and hard-working VAT Assistant Manager to join their Manchester office. This team has historically worked virtually as a national VAT network and has doubled i...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Advisory and ...

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Are you looking to move into a purely advisory role? Do you want to be involved in highly complex international tax planning projects? A brand new opportunity has arisen for a technical Corporate Tax Manager...

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  • Private Client Tax Senior Manager - 1...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + + Car

    Join one of the market-leading private client teams in providing tax advisory services to a variety of UHNWI clients across a range of sectors. The role is initially 100% remote with flexible working options...

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  • Newly Qualified Corporate Tax Assista...

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    Have you recently received your final CTA results? Do you want to join a Top 10 firm that promotes on merit? My client honoured all promotions and pay rises this year and is looking for ambitious, talented, ...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Bristol - Top 20

    £50000 - £58000 per annum

    Are you tired of being siloed and pigeonholed in your current firm? Do you want to move into a broader corporate tax role? I am currently looking for a Corporate Tax Manager to join a highly regarded firm in...

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  • Private Client Tax Associate Director...

    £85000 - £100000 per annum + + benefits

    A unique opportunity has arisen to join the market leaders in Private Client Tax. Due to double-digit growth, this team is seeking an Associate Director to join their team with a Private Equity bias. As the ...

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  • Corporate Tax Assistant Manager - Fin...

    Negotiable

    Have you recently missed out on a promotion? Do you want to join a firm that promotes on merit? My client honoured all promotions and pay rises this year and is looking for ambitious, talented, and driven co...

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  • Tax Senior- Leading Independent Pract...

    Negotiable

    An exciting opportunity has just arisen for a motivated Tax Senior to join a leading Independent Practice in Oxford. 20% year on year growth On-site Parking Part-time or full-time hours Study Support Dynamic...

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  • Tax Senior - Salisbury - Complex Clie...

    £30000 - £42000 per annum

    A brand new opportunity has just arisen for a Personal Tax and Trust Senior to join this multi-awarding winning firm in Salisbury. My client is looking to conduct telephone and skype interviews for successfu...

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  • Newly Qualified CTA - Assistant Tax M...

    £42000 - £48000 per annum

    Are you CTA 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 thei...

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  • Corporate Tax Executive - New Role - ...

    £38000 - £45000 per annum

    With offices throughout the UK, this Top 10 firm is looking for a Corporate Tax Executive to join their dynamic team. As the Corporate Tax Executive you will manage your own portfolio of clients which will r...

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  • CORPORATE TAX ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - BR...

    £70000 - £85000 per annum

    Are you looking to take the next step up in your career? With a clear Director route, this is a fantastic opportunity for a Corporate Tax Associate Director looking to join a structured tax team with uncappe...

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  • Corporate Tax Assistant Manager - Bri...

    £40000 - £45000 per annum

    Want to be part of a Corporate Tax team of a leading Accountancy Practice in Bristol? Due to a period of growth, they are seeking a Corporate Tax Assistant Manager to join their Bristol team. They have a cle...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - London - Lead...

    Negotiable

    A brand new opportunity has arisen to join a multi-award winning consultancy team in London. As the Corporate Tax Manager, you will work with a diverse client base including Property, Media/Tech, Pharma, Ret...

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  • Employment Tax Manager - London

    £55000 - £69000 per annum

    Are you interested in joining a highly regarded Employment Tax team? Offering the best in the market for autonomy, flexibility and quality client projects this established employment tax team are seeking an ...

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  • Indirect Tax Manager - Market Leading...

    £45000 - £52000 per annum

    Join the market leaders in Global VAT Compliance, this team is seeking a driven Indirect Tax Manager to be based anywhere across the UK. This a rare opportunity to build global Indirect Tax technical skills,...

    Read more...
  • Indirect Tax Manager - High Growth Te...

    £48000 - £52000 per annum

    Join the market leaders in Global VAT Compliance, this team is seeking a driven Indirect Tax Manager to be based anywhere across the UK. This a rare opportunity to build global Indirect Tax technical skills,...

    Read more...
  • Indirect Tax Manager - Global Complia...

    Negotiable

    Join the market leaders in Global VAT Compliance, this team is seeking a driven Indirect Tax Manager to be based anywhere across the UK. This a rare opportunity to build global Indirect Tax technical skills,...

    Read more...
  • International Tax Manager - Oxford - ...

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Are you looking to move into a purely advisory role? Do you want to be involved in highly complex international tax planning projects? A brand new opportunity has arisen for a technical International Tax Man...

    Read more...
  • Corporate Tax Assistant Manager - Bir...

    Negotiable

    Are you CTA/ACA qualified and looking to join a fast-growing Corporate Tax team in Birmingham? This renowned Practice is seeking a motivated Corporate Tax Assistant Manager to join their expanding team in Bi...

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  • VAT Director - London - Grow the VAT ...

    £100000 - £120000 per annum

    A highly regarded Firm is seeking a VAT Director to join their team. A strategic and key hire for the business, this is an exciting opportunity to help grow and shape this Firms VAT offering. You will be res...

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  • Assistant Tax Manager - VAT - Advisor...

    Negotiable

    This national VAT team is looking for a dynamic and hard-working VAT Assistant Manager to join their Birmingham office. This team has historically worked virtually as a national VAT network and has doubled i...

    Read more...
  • VAT Assistant Manager - London - Pres...

    £45000 - £65000 per annum

    A highly regarded Firm is seeking a VAT Assistant Manager to work directly alongside the VAT Director on a range of advisory projects. As the VAT Assistant Manager you will be working with a huge array of cl...

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  • VAT Manager - Advisory Focused - Fant...

    £55000 - £68000 per annum

    Join one of the market-leading VAT teams in London. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced VAT Manager to work across a range of sectors in a high performing VAT team. In this role, you will advi...

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  • Private Client Tax Associate Director...

    £85000 - £95000 per annum

    Are you looking to take the next step in your private client tax career? Do you want to join a team that promotes on merit and honoured all promotions and pay rises over lockdown? A new opportunity has arise...

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  • Employment Tax Assistant Manager - Hi...

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    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 - OMB Fo...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum

    Priding themselves on a personal and Partner-led approach, this firm is now seeking a Corporate Tax Senior Manager, to drive their business across their London and regional offices. Clear route to Partnershi...

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  • Mixed Tax Manager - Advisory Focused

    £40000 - £50000 per annum

    Are you looking to move into an advisory focused role? Do you have over two years of experience providing tax planning advice to corporate and personal tax clients? An exciting has arisen for a Mixed Tax Man...

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  • CTA Newly Qualified - Corporate Tax A...

    £38000 - £43000 per annum + Benefits

    A leading Practice in Birmingham is looking for a Corporate Tax Assistant Manager to join their expanding Corporate tax team. This reputable firm boasts a broad client network consisting of OMBS and SMES. As...

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  • Private Client Tax Manager - Guildford

    £45000 - £60000 per annum

    A globally recognised Boutique in Guildford and seeking a Private Client Tax Manager to join their team with an international focus. This is a fantastic opportunity to work directly alongside the Senior Mana...

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  • Personal Tax Senior - Guildford

    £25000 - £35000 per annum

    With offices around the Globe this award-winning practice requires an experienced Personal Tax Senior to join their Guildford office. Boasting a large network of high profile clients, including Trusts, Resid...

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  • Newly CTA,ACA Qualified - Transaction...

    £38000 - £48000 per annum

    Are you looking to forge a successful career within transactions tax? Do you thrive in high pressure and the fast-moving environment? I'm eager to speak with newly CTA qualified corporate tax professionals w...

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  • Transactions Tax Manager - Real Estate

    Negotiable

    Do you have a passion for the construction and property sector? Would you like to join one of the market-leading Real Estate teams? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Transactions Tax Manager to join a...

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  • Real Estate Transactions Tax Senior M...

    £74000 - £85000 per annum + Cash Allowances

    An exciting opportunity has arisen join a globally recognised Big 4 Real Estate team in Bristol. I'm eager to speak with Senior Tax Managers with proven Real Estate Tax/ M&A or Private Equity experience. The...

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  • M&A Tax Senior Manager - Reading

    £60000 - £90000 per annum

    An M&A Tax Senior Manager is required to join a successful national deals team, working for one of the Big 4 based out of Reading and offering fantastic progression. Why join this team? The M&A tax team, wit...

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  • M&A TAX SENIOR MANAGER - BRISTOL

    Car Allowance + Agile Working

    Are you looking to work on highly complex projects? Are you wanted to join a firm which offers you a clear route to Director? This is the exciting opportunity to join a Deals Tax Team and working alongside t...

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  • Tax Semi- Senior - Top 10

    £20000 - £25000 per annum

    A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Tax Semi-Senior to join a highly regarded private client team in Birmingham. This is an opportunity to work with the best private client practitioners in the Midlands...

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  • Senior Tax Manager - Project Management

    £70000 - £85000 per annum

    Are you a Senior Tax Manager and have the demonstrated ability to manage projects from the beginning to end? As the Senior Tax Manager, you will be a part of an established team and responsible for advising ...

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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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60 Seconds With: Robert Marchant, VAT Partner at Crowe UK

Posted by Ashleigh Polakiewicz

Robert Marchant is a VAT Partner at Crowe's London office, and leads the firms VAT work with corporate businesses and professional partnerships. He plays a leading role within Crowe's global indirect tax network, is a member of their European indirect tax committee, and has worked with clients across a wide range of industries from new start-ups all the way through to FTSE100 businesses. Robert speaks with Ashleigh, Senior Consultant at Pro-Tax about working at Crowe, the secrets to good leadership, and how to approach the first day of a new job.  What’s your favourite thing about your firm? Crowe is on an exciting journey, both in the UK and internationally. The accountancy and tax services markets are going through a period of change where ‘challenger firms’ to the Big Four are emerging, and Crowe is in this group. In the UK, we have invested in new talent over recent years and I have the pleasure of working with a number of people that are excellent at what they do. On a global scale, our recent rebranding has brought the network closer together and this brings benefits to our external facing activities. What makes Crowe unique? The size of our firm means we are large enough to have wide-ranging technical expertise and geographic reach, but we are not too large that we lose the personal touch. Ultimately, I work in a people business, so I want to have a role that allows me to spend time with my clients and colleagues. What pet peeve do you have when interviewing? When candidates do not research the firm and/or the role. There is so much information available on the internet, it is easy for candidates to spend at least 15 minutes before an interview researching recent developments or articles connected with the role. What advice would you give to someone in day 1 of their new job? To engage ‘sponge mode’. Day 1, week 1 and even month 1 are all about soaking up as much information as possible about your new colleagues, new firm, new systems, new ways of working etc. From my perspective, I want to see that a new starter is engaged and interested (dare I say excited) about their new position, and being inquisitive is a good way of demonstrating this enthusiasm. What are the secrets to good leadership? I’m not going to try and pretend to be an expert in leadership! My golden rule, which is yet to fail me, is to treat everyone as I would want to be treated myself. We are all grown-ups and I try to treat everyone with integrity and honesty. How do you define success? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I think that success can mean different things to different people at different times. My kids often ask me if I had a good day and my answer can be shaped by the outcome of the smallest tasks as they may have been a particular objective for me that day. In judging success, I think that it is key to first understand your objectives and, when working in a team, its important to make sure that all the members of the team’s goals are aligned. What three traits define you? A little bit of talent, a lot of hard work and a dollop of good fortune! Being serious, I would say I am hard working, committed and prepared to lead by example. There is no task I would ask a member of my team to do that I’m not prepared to do myself. What is your personal philosophy? As I said above, my personal view is that there should be no task I would ask a member of my team to do that I’m not prepared to do myself. Who do you admire most in your industry? Rather than focusing on one particular person, I try to take the good bits from the many talented people I have worked with in the past. For example, there was a Partner who I admired for being able to succinctly communicate and address the issue at hand, and you knew that if he said he needed five minutes, that was how long it would take. I fondly remember a Manager who was excellent at networking and the Head of Security at my former firm who was the first person that guests to the office would meet and he would make everyone feel welcome. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? I’ve always joked with my colleagues that I would be a Postman! I’m a creature of habit and not adverse to walking! Most of my professional career has been spent in London, so I’d take on a job where there was routine and I was away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For more information on this article, contact Ashleigh Polakiewicz on 020 7269 6324 or ashleigh@pro-tax.co.uk Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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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

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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 free fully editable and downloadable CV templates go to Dayjob.com, a career advice website that gives job seekers access to 100’s of CV templates and Cover Letter examples. 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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