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Dominic Watt

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Dominic Watt

Senior 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.

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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.


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Companies Dominic has worked with

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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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dominic's articles

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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 dominic.watt@pro-tax.co.uk

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Create a culture where everyone has equal opportunities

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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 dominic.watt@pro-tax.co.uk

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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 dominic.watt@pro-tax.co.uk

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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.

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Flexible Working….What a Way to Make a Living!

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Famously released by Dolly Parton in 1980, “Working 9-5” appears to be something of the past. At Pro-Recruitment, we have adopted a flexible working policy for the past couple of years. Likewise, with the general workplace, it’s a concept that’s becoming more embraced on a daily basis. Whilst conquering my morning commute, I came across an article on BBC News that suggested the traditional 9 am to 5 pm is only norm for a small number of workers, with “just 6% of people in the UK now working such hours”. What is Flexible Working? Part-time working Contracted hours are less than standard, full-time hours. Flexi-time The freedom to work in any way they choose outside a set core of hours. Staggered hours Different start, finish and break times. Compressed working hours Covering standard working hours in fewer working days. Here at Pro-Tax, we’ve noticed that flexibility around when someone starts and finishes their day is top of some people’s agenda when they consider a move. It could be argued that it’s now a fear for some employers that they could lose their best employers to a rival competitor, due to them implementing modern working practices. One advocate of agile work is EY, who recognise that people with non-work related responsibilities need to have flexibility to aid development in their professional careers. Bob Ward, EY’s North West Senior Partner explains “flexible working has become the way we do business – it is part of our culture” Some Key Facts from 2017: · 67% of employees wish they were offered flexible working · 40% of people would choose flexible working over a pay rise if they could only choose one · 70% of workers feel that offering flexible working makes a job more attractive to them · 58% of people believe that working away from the office would help them become more motivated As you can see from the above statistics, it seems that flexible working is becoming paramount to work life and even more imperative if employers are looking to hire top talent. It will certainly be interesting to see 2018’s postings and whether it will be of continued importance to workplace success. However, with every positive, there is always a negative and there could be a downside to offering flexibility. Some of these include: · Employers could leave themselves open to discrimination claims if they agree arrangements for one individual and not the other, which could also lead to staff resentment · There may be a lack of control and/or awareness of the work being carried and less contact with colleagues at the office could reduce cohesiveness · Breakdown in communication could be an issue as it colleagues may be difficult to get hold over if they are a phone call or email away To conclude, whether it’s taking your dog for an early morning walk, dropping the children off to nursery or simply getting home in time for Monday Night Football, these things seem to count! Whilst it may sound ridiculous, it’s only a matter of time before they impact an individual’s decision to jump ship.

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July 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Practice Grunberg & Co has opened a new office in the City of London, located within the 80 Coleman Street office complex RSM has appointed Richard Meller as a corporate tax director in the Southampton office and joins from Mazars, bringing 18 years’ experience PwC has made four partner promotions in the Midlands team and includes Alan Caroll as international tax partner The Guildford office of Smith & Williamson has moved to Onslow House Commerce & Industry Claire Winning has made the move to The Vitec Group as Head of Tax - she joins from her role as Senior Tax Manager at Perform Group Robin Prince has been promoted at Barclays Group, he is now leading the function as Head of Indirect Tax Sharmila Sanmugam has joined the team at Apollo Global Management as Associate Tax Director, leaving the team at CBRE where she was a Tax Manager

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May 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Kingston Smith has promoted Guy Sterling to partner. He has been advising on personal tax for more than 20 and previously chaired the Thames Valley branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). Alvarez & Marsal Taxand has made three senior appointments to its European tax practice. Marvin Rust has joined the firm as managing director and head of Tax and Europe, and Louise Jenkins and Andrew Ponting as senior directors. TMF Group has announced the acquisition of VAT International (“VI”), a UK based provider of VAT recovery and compliance services. Milsted Langdon promoted tax director Michael Bagg, based in the firm’s Yeovil office to partner with effect from 1st May 2018. Smith Cooper has appointed Julian Rosser as a VAT and indirect tax senior manager. Joining from PKF Cooper Parry, he will be based primarily at Smith Cooper’s Nottingham office. Anderson Anderson & Brown have promoted Charlotte Stewart to senior manager. She is an employment tax specialist with both UK and international clients across a variety of industries. Peter Winter, managing partner of Carter Backer Winter, has been appointed as chairman of DFK UK & Ireland. Crowe Horwath International, the global accounting network, has announced that the network and its member firms will rebrand. The rebrand will see over 220 member firms globally adopt the name Crowe. Crowe Horwath International will rename to Crowe Global. Humaira Syded joins Intertek Group as Head of Tax – EMEA, after training at Deloitte and spending 8 years within the construction industry. Playtech has appointed Kam Sanghera as Head of Tax, prior to this she spent 19 years advising technology clients on international tax matters at BDO. Equiniti has appointed Richard Hobden as Director of Tax, he moved from KBC, prior to this he spent time at BDO, PwC and KPMG. Sam Barrett joins iflix as the Global Head of Tax, in Kuala Lumpa, Richard moved from Sandvik and has over 20-year international tax experience.

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April 2018: Market Update

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Last month saw permanent placements increase markedly while in contrast temp placements eased to a 13-month low with overall candidate availability continuing to decline in both perm and temp markets. Regionally, the Midlands led the upsurge of permanent placements while Scotland recorded the sharpest rise in temporary billing at the end of the first quarter. This is also reflected here at Pro-Tax where March saw a visible rise in permanent placements comparative to the rest of quarter one. REC director of policy Tom Hadley says: “Permanent placements are growing month on month as demand for staff remains high. More people are entering employment, but it doesn’t make up for the shortfall of candidates for many roles, from cyber security and aerospace through to sewing machinists and drivers. “As a result, employers are increasing starting pay to draw candidates away from current roles into new positions. Growth in pay for temporary roles especially is accelerating. In hospitality, demand for temporary staff is really high, but businesses have had fewer applicants from the EU since the Brexit vote. Employers are working hard to make themselves attractive to UK nationals, but they will still need temporary roles to be filled by EU nationals post-Brexit and the government must allow for this. “Candidates planning to move jobs have a strong chance of getting a pay rise. With inflation outstripping pay growth for over a year now, high pay offers will be tempting, as the pressure on starting salaries still isn’t translating into pay rises for staff who stay put. Employers need to look at other means to keep staff, such as creating a good workplace culture and offering progression opportunities.”

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