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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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  • Mixed Tax Senior - Corporate Tax and ...

    £32000 - £42000 per annum

    Mixed Tax Senior - Corporate Tax and VAT Bias London Up to £42,000 Do you have at least 2 years' experience in an accounting environment dealing with corporate tax and VAT compliance? Are you working towards...

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  • Corporate Tax Senior

    £32000 - £38000 per annum

    Corporate Tax Senior London Up to £38,000 Do you have a solid grounding in Corporate Tax but looking for the next step? Would you like you to work closely with the partner of a well-established practice? Do ...

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  • Corporate Tax Semi-Senior

    £25000 - £32000 per annum

    Corporate Tax Semi-Senior London Up to £32,000 Do you have a solid grounding in Corporate Tax but looking for the next step? Would you like you to work closely with the partner of a well-established practice...

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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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November 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

Posted by Dominic Watt

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!

Posted by Dominic Watt

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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April 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Saffery Champness has promoted Zena Hanks to partner in the Bristol office. Joining the Bristol office in 2005, Zena is a chartered tax adviser who acts for private clients in all aspects of their financial affairs. Mazars has appointed Andrew Spence as a partner and head of tax for Birmingham. RSM has announced 11 internal promotions to partner across the UK, which took effect on 1 April 2018.Within the tax practice, Jo Webber and Simon Adams have been promoted to partner in the employer solutions team based in Bristol/London and Claire Spencer has been promoted to corporate tax partner in Manchester. Mazars has appointed Andrew Westhead as a partner and head of tax for the North West, based in Manchester. Peters Elworthy & Moore has promoted Jan Fachot to partner in the business tax team. Andersen Global has announced further growth in the United Kingdom with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement with Mark Davies & Associates, a London-based award-winning tax practice focused on advising international clients on cross-border matters ao.com has recruited Kate Rothwell as their new Head of Tax with effect from April 2018. She is based in the Head Office in Bolton. James Cowper Kreston has relocated its London office to 5 Chancery Lane, London EC4A 1BL. VolkerWessels UK has recently appointed Omaar Jiwani as their new Head of Tax Bluecrest Capital Management has promoted Mark Williams to Head of Tax based in their London office

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Wellbeing and the workplace

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The Pro Recruitment Group consists of Pro-Tax, Pro-Finance, Pro-Legal and Pro-HR. A real talking point in the world of HR is ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ and the four pillars. What is Wellbeing? The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy What are the four Pillars? Mental, Physical, Financial and Environmental wellbeing Taking a moment to reflect on the above, it was intriguing to link this to accountancy practices and more specifically Tax. In a market that is saturated and candidates are sparse, wellbeing at work is becoming more important. Thinking literally, it all makes sense…A healthy and happy workforce boosts productivity and morale, which in time results in long-term profitability. Wellbeing has become such an import factor that even people’s desire to seek new employment is driven by factors such as work/life balance, workspace, financial security and a sense of having a healthy quality of life. Working from home or on the move is a thing of the present and a standard 9-5 in the office is a thing of the past. Offering a degree of flexibility and the opportunity to work from home here and there can boost productivity. Improving your workspace by adding a splash of colour, bringing more natural light in or being creative with wall art, furniture or plants have been a proven factor in boosting morale. Financial stability and career progression offer security. With 2 in 10 people said that worrying about their finances affects their work and 1 in 5 people lose sleep worrying about finances, this is bound to have an effect on working mentality. Here at Pro, there are a number of factors of day to day work life that ensure great wellbeing. Here’s just a few… flexible working arrangement and the option to work from home when needed, weekly fruit basket and discounted gym memberships with a dedicated group that trains together. If employee wellbeing isn’t at the top of your priorities, it’s something that needs to be seriously thought about. Believe you me, it will maintain a happy workplace and will benefit everyone in the long run. To find out more, see the best bits from our recent webinar here.

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