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Kevin Racher

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Kevin Racher

Associate Director - Tax

I manage two fantastic Taxation teams focusing on the London & Regional markets.

Being a very well connected business within the Taxation market, we have deep rooted, well-established relationships with Big 4, Top 20, Mid-Tier and specialist boutiques firms. We have a great knowledge base within Pro-Tax where a number of our consultants are actually ex-Tax professionals 

With over 17 years of recruitment experience, I have been used to managing London and regional teams. Pro-Tax is a great entrepreneurial business that gives you all the recruitment tools to develop and succeed.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends so the weekends are busy spent catching up with both! I enjoy running, football and golf and trying to keep fit when my other past time of drinking wine allows. If I was not in recruitment, I guess I would like to have been a professional golfer. Playing golf in the sun, enjoying the admiration of the crowds, and being paid to play golf…..3-2-1 you're back in the room!

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What people say about Kevin

Thanks Kevin! We are very happy with Pro-Tax and the service they provide. Candidates are often of the right calibre and your team are very easy to deal with. If I have to go to an agent then you would be the first one that I would call!


I was very impressed by Kevin's proactive attitude and am personally grateful for his help and support. I have found him to be professional, approachable and very practical in his approach. Thanks again for your help!


Due to personal circumstances, I was having to look at moving jobs as well as relocating from London to Yorkshire. I was nervous about the move and had lots of doubts along the way, but I want to give full credit to ProTax, particularly Kevin ...


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Companies Kevin has worked with

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Grant Thornton is the world's fifth largest professional services network of independent taxation accounting and consulting member firms which provide assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities, and public sector entities.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is a global professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the second largest professional services firm in the world, and is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. It is the 3rd largest professional services firm in the world and is one of the Big 4 auditors, along with PwC, Deloitte and KPMG.

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kevin's articles

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60 Seconds with: Ken Almand, Transfer Pricing Partner at Moore Stephens

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Transfer Pricing Partner? Take time to understand the skills and competencies that are required, then work on your weaknesses. What do Moore Stephens do well? The culture. Of course, this is always a work in progress but I like the fact that the firm is genuinely committed to its values. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Bad spelling and punctuation is never going to impress a potential employer. How would your team describe you? I would like to think that they would say fun, knowledgeable and inspirational, but I could be totally wrong! If not in tax, what would the dream be? Sport or something outdoors. Biggest superstition/fear? I am not really superstitious. Fear: ill health of family or friends. What is your morning routine before work? I row competitively so hit the gym or river 3 times a week. Skiing or beach? I have not been skiing for many years but will correct that next year, so that is my choice. Who is your hero? I admire many people but no heroes. What is your life hack / top tip? Be happy, you only live once (and it goes surprisingly quickly!).

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5 Foolproof ways to manage multiple interview processes

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Job searches often follow the London Bus Principle; you wait for ages for one and then three turn up at once! Whilst this seems like a lovely problem to have, it is rare that you will have three perfectly-timed job offers at once and managing this process can be rather daunting. Below are a few tips on how to manage multiple interview processes to ensure you secure the right role at the right time: 1. Gain full market understanding One of the most commonly heard phrases in recruitment is “I’m not actively looking,” yet I think most people would be hard pushed to say that their head wouldn’t be turned by a better role/ larger salary/ better benefits/ shorter commute. When the dream specification arrives it’s tempting to only consider that option but it’s always better to look at a few options at this stage rather than reaching the last round of a process and realising you haven’t compared this to other opportunities. Best case you’ve found other roles that are of interest and have the time to explore all options and worst case you cement your interest in the original job. 2. Be open People are often wary of letting interviewers/ recruiters know that they are considering other opportunities in case it insinuates that they aren’t fully interested in that role. This is far from the case as it shows that you are serious about leaving your current position and that other businesses are interested in your skillset; you can also use it to your advantage to emphasise your interest as you have considered other opportunities. If you let your recruiter know that you have other roles on then they can manage processes accordingly and book in interviews faster/ slower to ensure all decisions are made at the same time. 3. Ask lots of questions In addition to your standard interview questions, it is encouraged that you ask what their process is etc. Do ask: when are they looking to start interviews, how many stages will there be, how many people are going forward for second stage etc. The more you know the more you can manage things accordingly. 4. Be picky It’s often said that looking for a new role is a job in itself; if you’re busy at work/ busy at home/ watching VAR replays it can be difficult to take the time to properly prepare and get out to interview. The corollary of point 1 is that whilst it’s important to understand what’s in the market it is not necessary to go forward for every role and interview. If you do, this will cause even greater stress in organising multiple processes and will stop you from being able to judge each role and business on its merits. As a cheeky side note, it’s also important to be picky about your recruiters as organising interviews through one or a limited number of recruiters will ensure it’s easy to manage multiple opportunities. 5. Pat yourself on the back When asked what to do if multiple publishers picked up his book, Robert Bloch (of Psycho fame), said: “You should be so lucky to have that problem.” If you’re in this position, do remember that you’ve impressed them enough to get to this stage and are in a very strong position to change roles.

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60 Seconds With: Steve Wheeler Private Client Partner at Moore Stephens

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Private Client Partner? Be patient and focused. What do Moore Stephens do well? We go above and beyond with our client service. In our recent client satisfaction survey, strong rapport scored an average of 9.5 out of 10. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Those CVs where the key points are not immediately apparent. It doesn't happen very often. How would your team describe you? Hopefully, they would say I am a team player. If not in tax, what would the dream be? It was a professional footballer. I was on a club's books as a boy. Biggest superstition/fear? I used to put my football kit on in a specific order. What is your morning routine before work? Coffee followed by another coffee! Skiing or beach? It’s the beach for me. Who is your hero? I don't really have one. What is your life hack / top tip? Work hard and play even harder!

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March 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Deloitte have appointed Paul Knight as a tax partner leading on corporation tax advisory services to the public sector and charities. Prior to joining Deloitte Paul was head of not-for-profit tax at BDO, Paul has spent the last 20 years providing tax advisory services across a range of sectors including education and charities. In his new role at Deloitte Paul will advise on financial transactions, capital development and compliance systems and processes. PWC has appointed Roger Gagnon to the newly created role of chief experience officer in its consulting practice. Prior to joining PWC, Roger held senior global leadership positions at Capco and most recently as the MD (UK&I) of Idea Couture. Moore Stephens have appointed Chris Marsden as a partner in the corporate advisory services team based in Bristol, Chris has previously worked for EY and Arthur Andersen. RSM has established a new technology and management consulting hub based in its central Manchester office, to support this expansion Neil Sharples has relocated from the firm’s London headquarters to Manchester with a remit across the North West. Neil has over 16 years’ experience in performance improvement, technology implementation, and business leadership and has previously worked at EY and BAE Systems. Armstrong Watson has appointed Pamela Coyne as a restructuring, recovery and insolvency partner based in the Glasgow office. Pamela was previously a partner with a regional firm having worked for RSM, Begbies Traynor, PWC and PKF earlier in her career. Pamela has extensive experience in property, leisure, engineering and the charity sector as well as personal insolvency. Moore Stephens have appointed Maria Marson as a director in the outsourcing team based in the Reading office. Maria joins from Strictly Education, the education-specific provider of professional support services and solutions. Maria joined Strictly Education in 2009 and became sales director in 2016 following an MBO. EY have announced expansion plans for its financial services practice in the Midlands. The firm have appointed a team of Amit Thaker, Ben Morphet, John Saxton and Louise Starr to lead the firm’s FS tax assurance and advisory services in the Midlands. Amit, who has relocated from London to take on this role, will also act as the head of EY’s financial services practice in the Midlands. For more information about this article, or to speak to Kevin about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696321 or kevin.racher@pro-tax.co.uk.

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March 2018: Market Update

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Spring is in the air and throughout March the world of tax recruitment has started to wake up with strong shoots of opportunity across a whole host of areas. London Practice Within the Big 4 and Top 10 we have seen strong growth across the board but particularly in Real Estate with M&A, Transactional Taxes and Cross-border vacancies being in higher demand at Senior Manager grade. In the Mid-Market firms again it is the Senior Manager roles that have had the most marked increase in both Personal and Corporate Tax. In specialist taxes, the notable surges have been in Employment Tax and R&D at all levels up to Senior Manager. Regional Practice We have seen the demand for Corporate Tax Managers and Senior Managers rising across the North West, Midlands and Reading as well as the same level required within VAT in the Midlands area. Personal Tax demand has continued to be strong at all levels around the home counties. In Specialist taxes, Capital Allowances demand is increasing nationally at all levels due to recent changes in legislation which have changed how overseas investors are taxed on their UK property. International Practice Unsurprisingly with the implementation of VAT imminent in Qatar and Bahrain we have seen a rise in VAT vacancies in both countries. Closer to home there is a demand for Transfer Pricing Specialists across Europe particularly in the Netherlands where demand for TP within FS is very strong at Senior through to Senior Manager level. In House The In-House market has shown growth in London within the Financial Services sector, especially Asset Management with a demand for strong Tax Managers. Regionally we have seen a high demand for both Expat and Employment Tax Manager Professionals across Engineering, Property, Construction and Facilities in the North West. Also, many US firms have been investing in dedicated UK Tax professionals. For more information about this article, or to speak to Kevin about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696321 or kevin.racher@pro-tax.co.uk.

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60 Seconds - David Prestwich, Partner and Head of Tax & Legal PwC Caribbean

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? In every job or industry, there is always success to be found in prioritising that thing that matters most to the company you're employed by. In teaching, the best teachers are the ones who develop kids quickest. In football, you earn the most if you score goals. In professional services, prioritising client needs and servicing them best is the quickest and most direct route to career success. I made partner reasonably quickly because, despite some failings, I was always passionate about client service and building relationships. What does PwC do well? PwC is a huge organisation, operating in a very dynamic global marketplace, with a relatively complex leadership and management model. I think the most impressive thing about the firm is, despite this complexity, our DNA is to always put clients first. We are here to serve clients and will always prioritise that agenda, despite anything else going on. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? They all gravitate to saying the same thing! It's such a competitive market that a little bit of knowledge or “best practice” spreads like wildfire and before you know it every CV is saying the same thing! Surely everyone cannot be “driven”, “passionate” and “goal orientated” and great at “thinking outside of the box”? Nothing extraordinary ever comes from those who think like everyone else does in life. Authenticity is actually the biggest scarce resource in business, so that is the thing to sell. How would your team describe you? Most well I think :). I've worked in a lot of teams over the years and I think I would consistently get described as innovative, client-focused and good at developing people and teams. If not in tax, what would the dream be? Strangely, I always wanted to be a professional advisor, dealing with complex issues for senior clients who were leading global businesses. Had that pipe-dream not worked out, my fall back was going to be a striker at Liverpool football club or lead singer in a band. Biggest superstition/fear? Quite simple. Failure. From a very young age (for psychological reasons too lengthy to mention!), I've always had a pressing need to prove myself and be successful. It's not always a great character trait, as it often disguises the fact that I'm actually a team player, but it does mean I'm usually very focused and successful in what I turn my mind too. What is your morning routine before work? Before I left the UK, this would have been a quick dash half-dressed out of the door with half a piece of toast hanging from my mouth whilst swearing at the latest train delays! However, since moving to Barbados, I'm up very early, have a morning swim, then get dressed and have coffee and breakfast before a drive down the beautiful coast to the office. Much more decorum. Skiing or beach? You would think I would say beach living in the Caribbean, but I absolutely adore snowboarding! Who is your hero? My little sister. She had a big medical operation when she was young which kept her in the hospital for a significant period of time. I still remember in my early teens crying my eyes out seeing her in the hospital with tubes everywhere, but she just got on with it without complaint or fuss. I've fought in lots of international karate competitions in my life, and come out with some real injuries, cuts and bruises, but I've still never met anyone as tough as my little sis. What is your life hack / top tip? Do the things that are difficult. And do them first. You will gain the 20% of time immediately that everyone else wastes by worrying about how tough it is, by just getting on with it.

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December 2017: Tax Movers & Shakers

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Acquisitions The last quarter of 2017 saw two larger firms in London acquire some of the leading independent firms. Haines Watts acquired Westbury Accountants in Farringdon. The deal sees Haines Watts increase the firm by 6 Partners, 34 staff and a turnover of £10m. Managing Partner of the firm Matt Perry commented: “Haines Watts is totally committed to supporting the business owner sector and our recent growth enables us to continue to do that”. Also, we saw leading firm of Accountants, Blick Rothenberg, who has recently had an injection of investment from Hg Capital acquire Shelley Stock Hutter, this sees 7 Partners, 50 staff and almost £8m turnover strengthen Blick's offering. SSH will remain unchanged and continue to be situated in their offices with the Blick Rothenberg name above the door. Practice Movers & Shakers KPMG has appointed partner Claire Angell as UK head of tax for energy. Angell joined KPMG in 2003, specialising in tax regulation within the energy sector, and became a partner in 2015. She has previously led KPMG’s oil and gas tax practice advising clients on complex issues such as North Sea decommissioning liabilities, and the tax implications associated with international M&A activity. RSM has promoted Rajiv Vadgama to partner. Vadgama is a tax specialist in the London private client team specifically Partnerships. He joined RSM in 2011 from PwC where he spent nearly five years. Smith & Williamson has appointed Rebecca Elnaugh as an Associate Director in the Birmingham team. She specialises in the valuations of businesses and intangible assets for commercial transactions, tax and financial reporting purposes. With over 12 years’ experience, Elnaugh joins from Deloitte where she focused on tax valuations primarily across the Midlands In-House Movers & Shakers ARM Holding strengthens their tax team with the appointment of Nathan Baker. Nathan joins Michelle Nash, Head of Tax, to help with their international tax offering. Nathan is ex-PWC and London Stock Exchange. Malcolm Richardson at M&G investments strengthens his VAT team in preparation for the changes that lie ahead with M&G and Prudential merging their London businesses. Aneta Janus joins M&G from Tokyo Marine Kiln. Colin Brigden joins Lebara Mobile with nearly 20 years of in-house tax experience behind him. Colin will run the tax team at Lebara with his extensive knowledge of group tax reporting, corporation tax, VAT, employee benefits and transfer pricing as well as managing tax aspects of acquisitions and disposals.

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NOVEMBER 2017: TAX MOVERS & SHAKERS

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RSM has appointed Audrey Fearing as a new indirect tax partner in London. Fearing joins RSM from EY where she led the government and public-sector tax team. Prior to that, she held roles at Deloitte following a period spent working for HM Revenue & Customs. PwC has appointed Fiona Carpenter as a partner in its UK financial services tax practice. Carpenter specialises in alternative asset management and has 20 years’ experience helping alternative managers and funds with tax structuring and compliance. She will lead PwC’s alternative asset management practice throughout EMEA. Lubbock Fine have appointed Aidan Meade as Director of their Private Client team. Aidan joins from EY and Wilkins Kennedy. Roffe Swayne has recruited Chris Boulet as a partner to their tax team based in Godalming. Boulet originally joined the firm’s tax department in 1989 as a tax trainee. Post qualification he moved on to Smith & Williamson and began to specialise in private client tax matters. He then moved in-house into international partnership tax roles with law firms Linklaters and Bird & Bird, and Coller Capital. Armstrong Watson has appointed Steve Ferrie as a VAT consultant following a 39year career with HM Revenue & Customs, primarily as a VAT inspector. A chartered tax adviser, the main feature of his role will be to offer a new VAT health check service to clients. Ferrie will also offer a VAT training service to business owners. Grant Thornton has appointed Matt Parfitt as a senior manager in the employment taxes team assigned to the Bristol office. He was previously a group tax manager at Nationwide Building Society. Earlier in his career, Parfitt was a member of the global employer solutions team at Deloitte Andrew Griggs, senior partner at Kreston Reeves, has been elected as a director to the Kreston International board. An audit, advisory and corporate finance specialist, Griggs joined Kreston Reeves in 1992 and became a partner in 1996. He has particular sector experience in construction and property, distribution, manufacturing and technology. Dixon Wilson has promoted Gregory Smye-Rumsby to partner. Smye-Rumsby joined the firm as a trainee in 2006 and is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. His experience includes advising landed estates, entrepreneurs and their businesses, wealthy families and non-UK domiciled individuals. Murray Harcourt, the independent business advisory firm, has made a number of appointments to its tax practice. Joanne Powell, tax director; Emily Bartliff, senior tax manager; Adam Gough, tax manager; and Mike Crawley, senior tax manager have all joined, along with tax partner Neil Sengupta from Grant Thornton. Haysmacintyre is set to move its London offices to Queen Street Place, located next to Southwark Bridge, with effect from 18th December 2017. The new address is 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1AG. Smailes Goldie has appointed Victoria Shannon as director of agriculture and landed estates, David Hibbert as director of corporate tax and Ben Thiim as tax director – private client.

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