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Rebecca English

Senior Consultant - Tax

I focus on some of the major and specialised public practice Firms and their tax recruitment needs within London. 

I thoroughly enjoy going out and meeting all my candidates and clients that I work with, whether for a first time introduction or catch up on recent developments; my network is continually expanding. From Big 4 heads of departments to bright eyed graduates, my London tax network is expansive, interesting, varied and ever growing. 

With nearly four years spent in sales and account management within the FMCG market, I went on to join an independent boutique recruitment firm before moving to London and joining Pro-Tax. With nearly five years now in recruitment and two specialising within London tax recruitment, I take pride in my personal service to both my clients and candidates to consistently find the right fit.

When not at my desk, I can almost certainly be found chilling out with / chasing after my beautiful Labrador, Margaux, or still hacking my way round a hockey pitch or golf course! If I was not in recruitment, I'd be a sports commentator – travelling the world watching and talking about the cricket or golf? Yes please!

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What people say about Rebecca

My experience with Rebecca from Pro-Tax was fantastic. I have unusual experience for a tax professional, which made the process of finding suitable work more challenging. Rebecca helped me every step of the way, and found be a great opportunity at a firm I greatly admire.


I found Rebecca really really helpful and approachable throughout the job-seeking process. She suggested a route I hadn't initially considered pursuing but her knowledge and enthusiasm of the company made me interested to look into them, and I'm glad I did... 


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Companies Rebecca has worked with

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Rawlinson & Hunter is an exceptional boutique Accountancy Firm, headquartered in London but Operate worldwide. It has a prestigious and high client service reputation, providing taxation and financial advice to an enviable private and corporate client portfolio. This has been duly reflected with the firm this year winning three prestigious awards - Accountancy Firm of the Year 2017, Tax Advisory Firm of the Year 2107, and Trust Company of the Year 2107.

Westleton Drake is a firm that specialises in providing tax advisory and compliance services to UK and US individuals and companies based in the UK. Founded back in 2010; the Firm has doubled in size within the past 2 years and are now hugely well regarded within the market and making incredible headway against the largest competitor.

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rebecca's articles

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5 Scary Candidate Profiles that give us the Fright!

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It’s Halloween and the spookiest time of the year. However, some of these candidate profiles continue to haunt recruitment processes throughout the year leaving prospective employers howling at the moon. Below are a few examples of the phantom offenders that can keep us up at night. The Crypt The Cryptic candidate who holds back on valuable information. Whether it be parts of their salary package, dates on their CV, who else they’re interviewing with or the real motivations for leaving. Not only does this hinder in getting the candidate across the right positions in the right time frame but gaps on CVs will be picked up on throughout the process, references won’t correlate, salary negotiations will fall down at the end of the process and a level of non-commitment will linger throughout on all sides. The Ghost That great candidate who we’ve built up a good relationship with, registered and got the CV out the door to their agreed options. All is going seamlessly and then they disappear. Like a ghost they don't return calls or reply to emails, they can even fail to turn up to meetings or interviews, never to be heard from again. It, of course, leads to a barrage of calls and emails from us which is understandably even more frustrating and infuriates the employer too – who won’t forget very quickly. The Jekyll & Hyde This is the candidate who we’ve spent a lot of time talking to and even met, we know their backgrounds and aspirations, we’ve prepped them and sent them to the interview. Then a transformation happens to the candidate en route. Suddenly when it’s crux time in front of the interviewer all the preparation goes out of the window and the candidate becomes a different person. Overbearing, argumentative, unengaging, shy, or even beastly. The Swarm Beware of the swarm! It might seem like a good idea when first starting out on your job search to apply to many multiple agencies. However, this is a very diluted market and with your CV being sent out multiple times by different agencies it very quickly muddies the water with internal recruiters and employers. It is also much more difficult to keep track of where your CV has been sent, by whom and how you are being perceived. By using a specialist recruiter, you are sure to work closely together to approach each role specifically and to the correct line in a slicker process. The Witch or Warlock These are harder to spot at first. Excellent candidates boasting excellent CVs and experience able to bewitching throughout their recruitment processes summoning offers with the purpose of leveraging for counter offers, promotions and salary hikes. Whilst perhaps short-term gain, often this will lead a sour taste in the market and statistically, 80% of people who have accepted a counter offer will not be at their current employer in six months and 93% will not be there in eighteen months’ time. If you are reading through any of these and hearing yourself relate to too many of these traits and wondering why the recruitment process isn’t running quite as smoothly as hoped, then have no fear; we have a number of blogs to help with everything from preparing your CV and interviewing techniques to addressing the counter offer. If you're looking for an experienced Tax recruiter I recruit from Big 4 heads of departments to Tax Managers and more. With nearly six years now in recruitment and two specialising within London tax recruitment, my London tax network is expansive, interesting, varied and ever growing. Get in contact today for more information on the current market or a discussion about your recruitment needs.

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A Look into 2018 Candidate Recruitment Trends So Far…

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It’s been the story of 2018, we are in a candidate short market. But what does this mean? The September IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs data highlights once again that: Strong expansion in permanent placements, but temp billings growth softens Starting salaries increase at the second-fastest rate in over three years Staff vacancies continue to rise at a historically marked pace Steep increases in the demand for both permanent and temporary job categories were seen, with vacancies expanding at a rate only slightly behind July’s eight-month record; the demand for staff is notably strong and is driving starting salaries higher. Average starting salaries awarded to newly-placed permanent staff rose at the second-sharpest pace for over three years in August. Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at the REC says: “Businesses are getting on with it driving Britain’s growth – jobs are being created and starting salaries are rising. There are big opportunities out there for candidates right now looking for a new role. In the UK, the recruitment industry saw a total revenue of £32.2 billion in 2017 (Sonovate) with 41% of recruitment agencies reporting that candidate acquisition is their top priority (Bullhorn) which is leading recruiters and employers to look for new and innovative ways to attract and secure the right talent. Skillsets and Demand are Driving Salaries With more and more vacancies being created coupled with lower unemployment rates, and companies really focussing on staff retention; salaries are being driven higher and higher. New Ways of Working ‘Flexible working’ is no longer a term filled with stigma and is now hugely common throughout the workplace. Whether this be altered times around the core hours, working from home or part-time setups; it is now a working norm for most environments that are being offered. The market has a new way of working and thinking and much more happily adaptable to attract and retain the top talent. Technology Plays a Vital Part The search platforms are changing and long gone is the time of scouring the job sections of the paper. Even the emphasis on traditional job boards has evolved and newer generations of candidates are far more savvy with social media stages such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Adverts are now linked to pictures and videos, they’re accompanied by immediate web spaces, links to websites and further detailed job descriptions. Adverts are having to be bolder and brighter, more dynamic in approach to stand out amongst the rest in a very competitive market. According to a report; ‘How often do people change jobs?’; on average, a person changes jobs 10 to 15 times during their career and typically stays within a job 4.2 years, so there is candidate availability and continuous movement on the market but will often come down to a company’s recruitment process with how whether someone will change jobs. “People who enjoy the candidate experiences are 38% more likely to accept a job offer”. (IBM, The Far-Reaching Impact of Candidate Experience, 2017) Here at Pro-Tax we are constantly looking at new ways to reach out and speak to the top talent in the market and with more new roles coming in every day across all our clients and regions and committed to working in a manner that puts your needs at the heart of the process, now really is a truly exciting time for candidates to be exploring new positions. For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs, contact Rebecca on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk

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August 2018: Tax Movers & Shakers

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PRACTICE LONDON THE CITY PWC have admitted 7 new Partners into its Government & Health Industries practice. Of which, Emma Cody is a Tax Partner, with a background in indirect taxes and technology. James Hume has joined EY from Slaughter & May as a tax partner focusing on transaction taxes. Jorge Morley-Smith has been appointed as a Director in KPMG’s asset management tax team. Mazars has appointed Trudi Amy (previously of Grant Thornton, Smith & Williamson &EY) as Tax Advisory Director. SOUTH WEST MHA Monahans has appointed Steve Chamberlain (who has 30 years’ experience advising on VAT), as a senior manager. MIDLANDS & THE EAST With over 25 years’ experience in accountancy and tax; Michelle Perry has been appointed Head of Employment Tax in Grant Thornton’s Birmingham office. Cornerstone Tax, the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) specialists, has appointed Roger Bindschedler as tax consultant. Bindschedler, a property tax law specialist, has almost 25 years’ experience in the UK legal and tax sectors. NORTHWEST Grant Thornton’s Manchester Office have promoted David Hawley to Director. Hawley is a tax specialist and his sector experience includes high-tech, software, construction, food & drink and manufacturing. Grant Thornton, Manchester has also appointed Sean Mitchell as a director in the Manchester office. Mitchell, who has over 20 years’ experience in tax, returns to the firm after three years at BDO. Mitchell Charlesworth has appointed Phil Hartley and Phillippa Britchford as Tax Managers. MHA Moore and Smalley has promoted Senior Manager Tracey Richardson to head the specialist team managing the financial, business and personal tax affairs of farming businesses across the North West. SCOTLAND Nigel Roberts (who has over 30 years’ experience in VAT and tax) has been appointed by Johnston Carmichael as head of VAT & Duty. COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LONDON AND CITY Law firm DLA Piper has announced the appointment of Vicki Bales as a Transfer Pricing Director in its international tax practice, She joins after spending 14 years at SABMiller and AB InBev. Prior to this, she was at WH Smith and originally trained at Deloitte. David Conway has joined law firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur from Moore Stephens as a Senior Tax and Compliance Manager. Greg Leathes has made the move to Lego Group as Head of Tax EMEA - he joins from his role as Senior Tax Manager at Expedia Russell Brooks has joined Macquarie Group from Gazprom, he is now the Senior Tax Manager in Commodities Jamie Steele has joined the team at Essar Oil as Tax Manager, leaving the team at Stanleybet where he was also a Tax Manager

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When the Results = Revision and Retakes.

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How Gareth Southgate might look at rebuilding from a failed CTA exam… The CTA results came out a week after we crashed out of the World Cup. You, like England, this month didn’t get the result you had hoped for and daresay it had expected. You’ve failed, the celebrations weren’t flowing on Wednesday and maybe you feel an opportunity has slipped through your fingers. So, like our Lions, you ask yourself, where do you go from here? Firstly, let me remind you there is plenty of cause for optimism, despite the immediate feeling of disappointment. It’s probably relevant to be reminded at this point that the CTA exams are reported by most to be the most difficult of the accountancy exams you will ever face. The pass rates are particularly low and the odds (similarly to England’s odds pre-tournament) are stacked against you from the start: · 15/8 Last 16 · 15/8 Quarter Final · 5/1 Group Stage · 5/1 Semi Final · 10/1 Runner Up · 14/1 Winner 2017 CIOT Results by Examination Paper Paper Pass Rate % Advisory – Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 43 Advisory – VAT on UK Domestic Transactions, IPT & SDLT 32 Advisory – Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates 63 Advisory – Human Capital Taxes 38 Advisory – Taxation of Individuals 46 Advisory – VAT on Cross-Border Transactions & Customs Duties 31 Advisory – Advanced Corporation Tax 55 Awareness Paper 78 Application and Interaction Paper 44 Other messages to take home are that it is no small thing that you reached this stage. To get to results day is a long road of revising and studying and build up, all whilst juggling a full-time profession. Not to mention the sitting of the exams themselves; all that preparation culminating on one paper… You will have learnt so much along this path of training and it is now time to take stock of this and consider what your new game plan is, what needs to be addressed, and what new advice you undertake. So, some practical advice: Strategy Take a view of your overall strategy. As Southgate plans to return to St George's Park next week to begin strategising England's route to Euro 2020, you must also get back in the frame of mind of considering what is next. If you have further papers to undertake, consider these when planning resits. You need to make sure your plan accounts for the bigger picture and the end result. Analysis Take an honest look at your performance and identify where you think you may have come undone. It is likely to be either that your technical knowledge wasn’t as thorough as the level required or it may simply be that you are not comfortable in an exam setting. In either case, it is important to pinpoint this, so you can make the proper adjustments to your next preparations. Seek advice, use your mentors! If you are in the wrong environment if you weren’t given the right support, guidance, time; then maybe it is a call to make to change this, so you have the optimal training environment. It’s also worth mentioning that if there are some very large holes in your technical knowledge, then you must be honest with yourself and realign back with your strategy on timings of resits to give yourself the best chance. And of course, there are always outside influences that can play a major effect on game day. Hopefully, these are few and far between but fortunately much easier to establish and hopefully counteract. Train It is back to the books I’m afraid. Take some time by all means to rest and recoup so you can be fully focussed with your revision. You have a platform now to build on, you are aware of the pitfalls and hopefully able to hone in on the areas that need to work. There’s no mistaking it will take another monumental effort and resolve from you to resit but the rewards will taste that much sweeter when you pass and become CTA qualified. As Pickford calmly replied to the Croatian TV crews “Next Time”.

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Run 84/7

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Every 7 days 84 men lose their lives to suicide. That statistic means that every two hours a man takes his own life in the UK. And there is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds. Male suicide is the single BIGGEST killer of men under 45 (with 76% of all suicides in the UK being men). As harrowing a stat as that is, a stigma around men’s mental health still exists and shrouds it; and there is still not enough being done to raise awareness and normalise men being able to ask for help. These are numbers and facts I never truly paid much attention to until recently. Nor did I ever imagine it would ever be an issue I would face so close to home until one day it was; and suddenly one of those 84 became a one to me. I can't change anything that happened to him. So, I have come up with a campaign to raise awareness. I have called it RUN 84/7. On the 18th August, I will be running 84 miles in 7 days to represent each of the 84 lives lost in a week. That is 12 miles per day. I am running this in conjunction with the charity CALM. What do CALM do? ·webchat ·Support After Suicide Partnership ·theCALMzone.net ·The CALMzine ·#BiggerIssues#ManDictionary So, if by running nearly a half marathon every day for a week highlights this charity to just one more person or raises some dollar to keep the phone lines always open, then maybe it won't be 84 every 7 anymore. The help is out there, we just need to talk about it. You can follow my story on Facebook (fb.me/run847), Instagram (@run_847) and my JustGiving page; www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bex-english . And of course, I would welcome any fellow runners to join me for any of the 12 miles runs that week- all details of routes and timings will be posted to the pages above.

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An Evening With BDO

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Pro-Tax has partnered with BDO to allow you the opportunity to find out more about their fantastic Corporate Tax Teams. They are opening the doors to their London Head Office and welcoming you to a networking evening within their tax departments; enabling you to find out what life might look like at BDO. Date: Thursday 12th July Time: From 6pm Location: BDO Head Office - 5 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 7EU During the evening you will hear from a number of Partners – including Lee Jefferson, Head of London Corporate Tax – who will give you an overview and insight into their department, their plans and the BDO experience. This will be followed by the opportunity to network amongst the Partners and various members of the team giving you the chance to look into what might be the next destination for you. For more information please contact me on the details below.

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Is Cash Still King?

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When was the last time you went to the cash machine? If like 30% of consumers, according to a survey taken; you won’t have taken out cash from an ATM or bank in the past week. Following the recent call for digital tax returns, consumer attitudes are clearly changing too and moving ever towards the golden goose that is a fully digitalised economy. We’re being persuaded and coerced all the while into this slicker and arguably more efficient way of spending. As such, recent figures demonstrated that last year for the first time, more than half of all purchases were made by card. I for one, whether I like it or not, am already fully signed up to this phenomenon. I bank on my various banking apps; I pay for nearly everything day to day (including my tube travel) with Apple Pay; if I owe a friend, I transfer it. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had hard cash on me or certainly not the last time I went into a bank. It’s then surely no wonder that the ATM industry is being hard pressed to decrease the number of ‘free to use’ outlets with rent rates and staff costs having to be taken in to account. Sweden for example, with barely 1% of all payments being made with cash last year is the most cashless society on the planet. Supported by Riksbank, Sweden's central bank stating that across Sweden, cash is now used less than 20% in stores. The country even has it now set up that smaller retailers can also take advantage of the cashless system by implementing home-grown technologies such as iZettle, which is a Swedish start-up behind Europe's first mobile credit card reader. These have proven popular and even a commercial necessity for those typically associated with being cash reliant such as market traders. However, not all is maybe so rose-tinted in our new economic practice. There are worryingly still a number of concerns being raised. Accessibility is already a major variable in how much people rely on cash. Although I work in the heart of London, I do live more remotely 70 miles outside the city and the reliance on cash there is far more evident. A lot of small businesses still aren’t geared up for card payments, and certainly not for small transactions where there is often a minimum spend in place, or indeed there is even a lack of phone signal. I also fully appreciate I have been brought up in a world of technology where I take my phone’s capabilities often for granted. There are of course many vulnerable groups who are not eligible for a card and not so internet or smartphone savvy where the word ‘app’ would completely befuddle them and risk being a potential threat with ill-usage or even security. Internet security is already such a hot topic and although security is ‘tight’, there are ever increasingly more opportunities for cyber scams and industry theft. Not to mention the knowledge that between Apple and Google; everything from my bank details to my current location, to my last, spend to what I’m currently listening to whilst writing this is being stored somewhere… Further concerns have been raised about a fully digitalised economy with the amount of control HMRC would have over our day to day lending and spending and the risk of rising consumer debt. Despite all this, I believe we will continue to edge ever nearer a fully tech-focussed and digital society, if for nothing else the everyday convenience of everything being stored to hand, where cash will no longer be king.

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60 Seconds with: Adam Smith, Partner at Westleton Drake

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Westleton Drake was established just over eight years ago, so I think I’ll shave a couple of years off the question if that’s ok? I always knew that I wanted to start my own business, whether that be on my own or with friends/colleagues – it just so happens that my career started with US/UK tax and so that was the business I went into. So I guess for me the question is about starting a new business as an owner rather than making Partner in the traditional sense. If I could talk to myself eight years ago I would tell myself to relax and enjoy it more. Have confidence in what you do, back yourself and don’t be afraid to turn work away, even though it is against all your instincts. What does WD do well? It’s too easy to go with client service…transparency…etc etc so I’m going to go with our graduate recruitment programme. I had a great experience when I started my career at Frank Hirth and their success over the years with their training programme is something I wanted to try and replicate. We throw a lot of information at our graduates and give them a lot of responsibility early on in their career. It’s great to see them flourish under that pressure and move up through the firm. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? When we advertise for our graduate recruitment programme we get hundreds of CVs. What we always ask for is a cover letter. So many don’t bother or when you read it, it has nothing to do with what Westleton Drake do. I hate that. At a more senior level, I just want a CV that’s easy to follow, laid out well and doesn’t go into too much detail – tease me little, make me want to know a bit more. How would your team describe you? That’s probably different to how I would want them to describe me! I would guess a confident leader, hardworking and a man of the people!….I don’t know you’ll have to ask them. If not in tax, what would the dream be? Fighter pilot. Iceman. Biggest superstition/fear? Clowns and moths (Coulrophobia & Mottephobia). I grew up in Bognor Regis which hosts an international clown convention. I wouldn’t leave the house….unless there was a moth fluttering about. What is your morning routine before work? I’m guilty of taking very, very long showers. But it wakes me up and I start to think about the day's to-do list. A couple of times a week I’ll be out very early boxing training. Skiing or beach? I have never tried skiing. For those who know me, that’s probably a surprise, as I love all sport. So for that reason alone, I’m going to go for skiing as I really want to give it a go. Who is your hero? My Dad. Too cheesy? What is your life hack/top tip? Just look out for and take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. And make the most of them.

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