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Dominic Watt

Managing Consultant - Tax

As a consultant on the Tax Practice team here at Pro-Tax I specialise in the recruitment of tax professionals at all levels into independent accountancy practices within London. Firms vary in size however there is a focus on boutique and mid-tier firms. 

Given the above, my network is; specific, reachable and approachable. With clients, I work directly with Partners enabling recruitment to be efficient and thorough. With candidates, I am able to reach out to my immediate network as soon as a need arises.

Throughout my time at Pro-Tax, I have always worked on smaller accountancy practices placing tax professionals. This has ensured that my knowledge of Central London firms and Central London candidates is current and always at the forefront of my mind. 

Outside of work you’ll find me on the golf course, watching the Hammers and socialising with friends and family, all amongst feeding my obsession for collecting sneakers.

Having already sky dived, my bucket list is pretty non-existent. Saying this, my dream would be to qualify as a Ski Instructor and spend the summer months in Zermatt, Switzerland.

dominic's latest roles

  • M&A Tax Manager

    £60000 - £75000 per annum

    M&A Tax Manager Do you want to play a vital part in the growth of an M&A team? Are you looking for the chance to work on every deal from start to finish, covering all aspects? Due to an ever-growing workload...

  • Trust Manager

    £45000 - £60000 per annum

    A ranked boutique private client law firm, that provides for the needs of wealthy UK and international families and individuals, is looking to hire a Trust Manager. This opportunity offers development into a...


What people say about Dominic

Dominic is professional in his approach and understands his client's needs. Always approachable and able to give an honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of any application, Dominic understands the market and its direction of travel...

First class service, I would definitely recommend Dominic. I always had a steady flow of vacancies.


Companies Dominic has worked with

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The organisation Saffery Champness is one of the UK’s top 20 accountancy practices with a network of nine offices in the UK plus offices in Guernsey, Geneva and Zurich. With 68 UK partners and approximately 500 employees, they are recognised as one of the UK’s leading firms of private client advisers, specialising in providing advice to a broad range of individuals, their families, businesses and wider interests. 

Elman Wall was co-founded in 1995 with the aim of launching a more personal, boutique practice with the best interests of its clients at its core. Today they are an award-winning firm with a tax team of over 10 team members, supported by 3 Directors, based in the heart of the City of London near Bank station. As part of their enduring ethos and dedication to outstanding service, all clients enjoy full access to the Directors.

Crowe UK is a leading audit, tax, advisory and risk firm with a national presence to complement their international reach. They are an independent member of Crowe Global, the eighth largest accounting network in the world. 


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A Career in Tax - Seriously Worth Considering

Posted by Dominic Watt

“I want to be ‘X’ when I grow up”... A phrase we have all said at least once at some point in our lives. I know for a fact that I pondered on this thought at every milestone of my life growing up. Primary school: Astronaut, Secondary School: Footballer and College: Lawyer. I’m not sure if it was just me in this boat but it was a daunting task to think about what I genuinely wanted to do, career-wise, longer-term. Having now spent several years specialising in tax recruitment, advising individuals at various stages of their career, I thought it was a great opportunity to reflect on why a career in Tax could be highly rewarding for anyone considering this route. Especially with the market being in demand for high-quality individuals! So, what is Tax? Tax: “(an amount of) money paid to the government that is based on your income or the cost of goods or services you have bought" For most, paying tax seems like an endless chore. However, its fact of life and something that affects individuals and businesses alike. As a Tax Professional, you can be the Batman to Gotham but instead, help save money on tax bills. In a nutshell, key responsibilities will include knowing tax law, breaking this down into layman terms, identifying new ways to save money whilst ensuring it's all done in a fully compliant and timely manner. Types of Tax: Broadly speaking, there are three main types of taxes: Corporate Tax: Tax for companies and businesses. These could be small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Owner Managed Businesses (OMB’s) or Large and Listed (FTSE100). There are specialisms within this such as Transfer Pricing, M&A and Employment tax to name a few. Personal Tax: Tax for individuals. There is also the option to specialise here, including Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Trusts. Value Added Tax (VAT): Tax on goods and services. Where to work: Accountancy Practices: This can range from the small boutique/independent firms through to mid-tier, all the way to the largest being the ‘Big 4’ (PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG). They act on behalf of a range of clients and across varying sectors. Commerce and Industry (In-House): This is where you will be solely working for one business and handling all their taxes, say Vodafone for example. Career Path: In an accountancy practice, your career path and opportunities to progress will be very linear. You’ll start as a Graduate/Tax assistant, progressing through to Tax Semi-Senior, then Senior. After this it will be Assistant Manager, Manager, Senior Manager and then comes Directorship. The final piece of the puzzle will be becoming a Tax Partner. Of course, there may be a few additional steps depending on the firm in question, but this gives a rough idea. On the flip side, a career in-house will look different from that in terms of titles and promotions. On occasion the teams tend not to be as big as those in the larger accountancy practices, thus meaning fewer levels to climb. As a result, an ‘upwards’ move may take slightly longer. Qualifications: The two main qualifications in Tax are ATT and CTA. ATT will help those starting their career and gives a solid understanding of core compliance principles. This is vital in ensuring client’s tax returns are completed accurately and filed on time. CTA is the next big milestone after ATT and is when you become a Chartered Tax Advisor. Being an advisor switches the focus to the problem solving, consultancy side of tax. It’s about knowing rules and legislation inside out, to take advantage of any loopholes, thus making the client’s finances as tax-efficient as possible. For anyone looking to further their career in some of the specialist fields, there are options available such as ADIT and STEP. Lifestyle and remuneration: Work-life balance is a very hot topic in today's working world. For those working in practice, hours tend to be longer especially with key deadlines to be met and this could result in additional evenings and weekends where you are required to work. However, the accounting world is continuing to develop and has become hugely accommodating to agile and flexible working to be competitive. Salary will rise steadily and is usually dependent on the firm you work for, your experience and qualifications. Broadly speaking, someone with a few years tax experience with the ATT qualification will be compensated around the 35k mark, this is likely to increase by at least 10k with a few further years’ experience and the CTA. After this, the world is your oyster and salaries can easily reach six figures and (in some cases), much higher, especially Partners in Big 4. Those working in Commerce and Industry are likely to be remunerated at a greater level than in practice and likely to see enhanced benefits packages (pension, days holiday etc). However, there are fewer opportunities available, thus making it more competitive. In summary A career in tax can be highly prosperous and rewarding, not only financially but also in terms of professional development. It offers a genuine chance to progress, ensuring your career does not stagnate. With tax legislation changing all the time, you will be sure to be kept on your toes! Here at Pro-Tax we focus primarily focus on tax opportunities for those with a minimum of 12-18 months of experience and who are likely to be studying for their ATT. For those wishing to embark on a career in tax, please do familiarise yourself with the Accountancy Age Top 50+50: This will give you a good insight into the top 100 accounting firms in the UK, all of which are likely to advertise their graduate programmes and entry-level positions. The above is simply an insight to those interested in a career with tax and there is certainly more to this than meets the eye! Regardless of whether you are just learning the ropes in tax or if you are seeking genuine career advice as a more experienced tax professional, please do not hesitate to contact Dominic Watt on 0207 269 6310 or


CTA Results: A Comparison Between July 2019 and January 2020

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Wednesday 22nd January 2020 was a significant date for those tax professionals eagerly awaiting their CTA results. The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) announced that from the 1,528 candidates that sat the examinations, 224 successfully completed all CTA exams. Included in this were 54 on the ACA CTA Joint Programme and 34 who now fully completed the ATT CTA Tax Pathway by passing the CTA element. Comparing this to the previous results that were announced in July 2019, from a total of 1,526 individuals, 132 successfully completed all the CTA exams. Included were 30 candidates on the ACA CTA Joint Programme and 23 who fully completed the Tax Pathway by passing the CTA element. Below sees a further breakdown and comparison of these results by examination: Advanced Technical – January 2020 PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass RateTaxation of Owner-Managed Businesses69726438%Domestic Indirect Taxation571526%Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates934245%Human Capital Taxes422252%Taxation of Individuals43522251%Cross-Border Indirect Taxation583560%Taxation of Major Corporates25816263% Advanced Technical - June 2019 PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass RateTaxation of Owner-Managed Businesses66025038%Domestic Indirect Taxation662842%Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates893742%Human Capital Taxes502040%Taxation of Individuals52934465%Cross-Border Indirect Taxation522038%Taxation of Major Corporates20211255% Awareness – January 2020 152 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 228 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 67%. Awareness – June 2019 139 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 182 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 76%. Application and Professional Skills – January 2020 PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass RateTaxation of Individuals523262%Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups532751%Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses21611855%Human Capital Taxes271452%VAT & Other Indirect Taxes171165%Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates472553% Application and Professional Skills – July 2019 ​ PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass RateTaxation of Individuals482144%Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups472349%Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses20612259%Human Capital Taxes311858%VAT & Other Indirect Taxes251456%Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates462657% In summary, highlighted in green are those that saw an increase in pass rate, whereas those highlighted in red saw a decrease. Some notable papers to mention were Domestic Indirect Taxation and Taxation of Individuals which saw differences of 16% and 14% retrospectively. However, overall, the number of individuals who successfully became fully qualified increased by 92. Pro-Tax would like to wish a huge congratulations to those who received the exam results they were hoping for - it’s a great achievement and a huge weight off your shoulders! Aside from enjoying your evenings and weekends, the benefits of being a Chartered Tax Adviser will soon be seen. If you need career advice around next steps after CTA or salary advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch. For those of you who didn’t get the results they were hoping for, don’t panic or stress. This is a perfect time to reflect, dust yourself off and get ready to smash the exams next time round! If you are not receiving the support you need for your qualification, we are also here to help. For more information on this article or for help with the next steps in your tax career after your CTA results, contact Dominic Watt on 020 7269 6310 or


September 2019: Tax Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in September 2019: PRACTICE LONDON Richard Maitland joins MHA Macintyre Hudson as Partner in its Human Capital Advisory team, bringing 18 years of experience in the human capital field. He will lead all work related to employment tax. Anderson Global have continued their expansion by hiring Miles Dean and Zoe Wyatt in the UK. Miles and Zoe previously worked at Milestone and as part of Andersen Tax, they will provide a broad range of international tax services to corporations and private clients, investment funds and real estate investors and developers. Martina Fitzgerald joins Carter Backer Winter (CBW) from Menzies as Private Client Tax Partner, bringing a wealth of experience across a range of private client matters. Blick Rothenberg have appointed Neil Insull as Corporate Tax Partner. Neil joins from Haines Watts and has been advising on business tax for 30 years, across practice and industry. Irfan Butt joins RSM as Partner within the Real Estate tax team. Prior to this, Irfan worked for PwC as a Director in Real Estate Funds. Christopher Williamson, Private Client Tax Lawyer from TLT has joined Price Bailey as Private Client Partner. ESSEX Adela Cebotari has been appointed by RSM as Private Client Associate Tax Director in their Chelmsford office. Adela joins from Price Bailey and brings over 10 years of private client experience.​ MIDLANDS AND THE EAST: Phil Stevens joins Foxley Kingham as Tax Director. Phil has nearly 20 years of experience gained from mid-tier and boutique accounting firms. RSM in Birmingham has hired a new Corporate Tax Director. Rajh Chana joins from PwC where he spent over 13 years specialising in their Private Business team. NORTH EAST: Liz Rothery has been appointed by Baldwins as Associate Tax Director. Liz is a specialist in IHT and Trust planning. With 14 years’ experience in private client tax planning, Liz previously worked for PwC. OTHER: Top 15 firm, MHA Macintyre Hudson has strengthened its VAT offering through the acquisition of Martin Pooley’s accountancy practice in Norwich. COMMERCE & INDUSTRY Michael McCotter has been appointed the Head of Tax at Charterhouse Capital Partners. His practice experience includes stints with Deloitte and Dixon Wilson and Michael spent a little over 18 years in the team at DH Private Equity Partners where he was most recently Head of Tax before making the move. Cognizant have brought in Lawson Rose at a senior level as Transfer Pricing Director. PwC trained, Lawson’s in-house experience has most recently been within the pharmaceutical sector with Shire and Takeda, respectively. Trent Emtage is the new SVP Global Tax at ContourGlobal. Trent’s background is from the Big 4 with PwC and EY and he is vastly experienced within the Oil & Energy sector having held high-level positions with Noble Group and Mercuria Energy Trading previously. For more information about this article, or to speak to Dominic about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696310 or Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>


June 2019: Tax Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in June 2019: PRACTICE LONDON AND CITY Howard Jones joins PKF Littlejohn from Grant Thornton as their Insurance Tax Partner. Simmons Gainsford have announced Fiona Crossed as Tax Partner, effective from 3rd June 2019. One of the largest public accounting and advisory firms in the united states, Frazier & Deeter, has opened an office in London which is led by Malcom Joy. Steve Watts has been appointed as Partner at BDO in London. SOUTH EAST BDO announces promotion of Steve Hoon, effective from 6th July. SOUTH WEST Nigel Popplewell joins PKF Francis Clark from Burges Salmon to bolster their tad advisory team, specialising in stamp duty land tax. PKF Francis Clark have welcomed three new additions to their tax team in Plymouth, Emily White, Mark Trevethan and Kate Cully. MIDLANDS AND THE EAST BDO Birmingham have announced Paul Townson as newly promoted partner with effect from July. Phil Melia has been appointed by RSM as Corporate Tax Director for the new Cambridge office. NORTH WEST Deloitte have appointed Helen Chadwick as Corporate Tax Partner. In addition to this, they have made further senior appointments within tax in the Manchester office with Charlotte Mannia and Gemma Marshal making Director. YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER Among several promotions for BDO, Lyndon Firth has been appointed Partner in Leeds. OVERSEAS Eddie Reijners joins Innovate Tax in the Netherlands, bringing over 25 years of experience mainly within tax technology. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Susan Edwards has been appointed the Head of Indirect Tax at Britvic. She has spent 15 years in the team at Mercedes-Benz and was the Indirect Tax Manager at Thomas Cook before making her move. Vectura Group have brought in Mark Harris to lead the team as Head of Tax. Having trained at PwC, Mark has enjoyed in-house roles with Arm, Spectris and URENCO Group respectively. Peter May is the new Group Head of Tax at Aspen Insurance Group, having started there on an interim basis before making a permanent move. Peter is vastly experienced in the insurance sector having spent time with Chubb and The Ardonagh Group. For more information about this article, or to speak to Dominic about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696310 or Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>


January 2019: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in January: David Kilshaw will join Rawlinson & Hunter in its London office in February 2019 as Senior Adviser. RSM has appointed Dougy Agnew as a new partner in the tax practice in Aberdeen. Steve Asher has been appointed as Head of Global Mobility Services in UHY Hacker Young’s London office. Tilman Weber joins BDO Germany as Transfer Pricing Partner. Mazars has promoted Paul Barham to Private Client Tax Partner in London and Ludovic Black as Tax Partner in Milton Keynes. Pippa Clarke has rejoined Bishop Fleming as a tax partner based in the Plymouth. Jason Locking has joined EY Cambridge as Corporate Tax Director Anna Roberts has been appointed as a director in PwC’s Midlands tax team based in the Birmingham office. For more information about this article, or to speak to Dominic about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696321 or Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>


Create a culture where everyone has equal opportunities

Posted by Dominic Watt

There has been a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace over the years. This year it has been very refreshing to learn how firms are promoting a positive integration between work and life, to create an environment that influences career development and that empowers everyone. Furthermore, promoting an environment regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation, encourages individuals to feel valued for being the person that they are. Take some time to read some examples of how the Big 4, Mid-tier firms promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Big 4 PWC EY Deloitte KPMG Mid-Tier Grant Thornton BDO RSM Encouraging diversity at Pro-Recruitment Group: Here at Pro-Group, recruitment consultants are trained on diversity and inclusion and for each individual piece of recruitment we do, we will ensure that we present a diverse pool of candidates to our clients that match the brief. We have strict guidelines on equal opportunities and diversity and pride ourselves on ensuring our attraction methods reach as diverse a pool of talent as possible in-line with our client’s own policy. Some examples of this include: - GDPR compliant recruitment website & CRM system. - Drafting advertisements in a way that encourages applications from all suitable backgrounds. - Support for the unemployed – offering interview training and coaching free of charge for those in long-term unemployment. We also provide business attire and dry cleaning in preparation of interview as well as working with a firm who work exclusively with ex-service personnel looking for employment. - Engagement with colleges, universities and schools. An example of this is when Tom Eagle, Associate Director, recently presented to students at LSBU about a career in tax and finance and provided key interview tips and guidance. - Engagement with groups such as LGBTQ, disability, communities and BEME groups. This is an ongoing progress and championed by our own diversity and LGBTQ champion here at Pro – Matt Davidson – Principal consultant in our Not-for-profit team. - Women in Tax – Alison Keogh, Director, is part of a network for women in the profession to raise the voice of women. We have also chaired an event with Sue Kukadia (Global Immigration Specialist) on diversity and inclusion and an event with BDO challenging views on disabilities and those facing long-term unemployment. - Our Not-for-profit and charities team have key relationships with many charities that exist to serve the disadvantaged and a wide section of the community and society. We regularly engage with our contacts in these organisations when searching for talent both for specific pieces and on an ongoing basis. - Our CRM system has over 90,000 candidates on it from a wide range of industries and backgrounds. Example of our own Findings Below is our analysis of that last six months placements around D&I and gender: - Out of the placements we have made this year in tax across both in-house and consulting, 65% of them have been male. - Out of 22 placements that we have made in-house 12 male and 10 female. - Out of 111 placements that we have made in consulting 64 male and 47 female. - Out of the 22 placements that we made in-house, from consulting firms only 3 were female and 5 were male. - Out of the other 14 people that we placed in-house they were all from in-house tax teams 7 were male and 7 were female. - In terms of advertising, 53 of the 111 were from advertising the rest were from pro-active approaches on our database and LinkedIn. - Out of the 53, 24 of them were female and the rest male but its about 50/50 from in-house and consulting. - Diversity and inclusion have a big influence towards my role and the relationships that I have with my network, to ensure that I can deliver the needs of both my candidates and clients that I am working with. For more information about this article, or to speak to Dominic about opportunities that promote diversity and inclusion, contact him at


November 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Practice Haines Watts has made several acquisitions, including Gallaghers Chartered Accountants in London. Crowe has appointed Caroline Fleet as a Tax Partner. RSM has appointed Mark Morton as a partner in Milton Keynes to strengthen its employer solutions practice. Mercer & Hole has relocated its London office to Lombard Street with effect from 26th November 2018. RSM has appointed Sarah Turgoose as a private client partner in the tax team based in Southampton. Mark Smith joins Ayming from KPMG at their R&D Tax partner. Commerce and Industry John Kiddle joins Rio Tinto from Cushman & Wakefield as Head of UK Tax. Beam Suntory have promoted Angela Bailey to International Tax Director. She has enjoyed 8 years with the beverages company to date. Amaar Idris has become Tax Technology Director at Refinitiv, following the recent rebrand from Thomson Reuters. For more information about this article, or to speak to Dominic about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696310 or Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>


September 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Practice Mazars has promoted Natasha Ryan to tax partner based in Birmingham and focuses on providing tax advisory services to private clients, SMEs and entrepreneurial businesses. Armstrong Watson has appointed Alex Nicholson as VAT director. He joins from PwC after spending three years there. RSM has expanded its North West tax practice with the appointment of two new directors, Helen Guy and Patrick Curry. Armstrong Watson LLP has announced that Jim Meakin has joined the firm as Tax Partner. He has also taken on the role of Head of Tax across the firm’s 16 offices. Hazel Johnson joins Goodman Jones from Moore Stephens as Private Client Tax Director. James Randall joins Rawlinson & Hunter from EY, London as Business Tax Partner. Commerce and Industry Debenhams have appointed Glynis Moore as Head of Tax, prior to this she was Head of Direct Tax at Marks & Spencer. Argent LLP have appointed Farzana Ali as Head of Tax. She moved from The Ingenious Group, prior to this she spent time at BLP and PwC. Katherine Willan joins Citadel as Senior Tax Analyst. Katherine moved from PwC and has nearly 10 years’ experience in Asset and Wealth Management taxes. Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>