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Rebecca English

Managing Consultant | Tax | Practice

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!

rebecca's latest roles

  • Real Estate Transaction Tax Manager

    Negotiable

    Are you considering a new career change into a leading corporate tax team? A dynamic Top 10 Firm based in the heart of London are looking to expand their fast growing real estate team. With a market leading ...

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  • Reward & Share Schemes - London Tax M...

    competitive package

    I am working alongside a rapidly expanding Tax Reward Team, housed within their London Human Capital Department. Either a Reward and Share Scheme expert or an Employment Tax professional wanting to specialis...

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  • Corporate and R&D Tax Manager

    market leading package + flexi working

    Corporate and R&D Manager needed to join a challenging, rapid growing Corporate Tax department in a London Top 10! This is a team which year on year sees 15 - 20% increase in revenue and as such is the faste...

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  • Newly Qualified M&A Tax Associate

    highly competitive package + bonus

    A prestigious and prominent bespoke professional services firm whose clients include multi-national companies, high profile investment banks as well as leading private equity houses and their portfolio compa...

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  • M&A Tax Manager

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Strong Benefits Package

    Are you looking to explore a new M&A team within the Big 4? This is a team that can offer you a broad scope of transnational work across multi-jurisdictions, industries and sectors, playing to and utilising ...

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  • Senior Tax Manager Private Client

    £80000 - £90000 per annum

    Senior Manager- Private Client Tax Are you an experienced Manager looking for the next step in your career or are you currently a Senior Manager seeking the opportunity to move into a Director role over the ...

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  • Private Client Manager

    Negotiable

    Private Client Tax Manager Location: London Salary: £60,000 - £70,0000 + Cash Benefits + Pension + Benefits A Big 4 team are looking for talented Managers for the market leading Private Client Tax team. The ...

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  • Private Client Assistant Manager

    flexi work

    A client of mine that I have worked with for a number of years is recruiting within their well established private client team for an Assistant Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to gain exposure of hi...

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  • M&A Tax Manager - London

    Negotiable

    Corporate Tax M&A Manager needed for Top 10 Firm in London. Having seen year on year growth, and already ahead of target this year this fast paced and growing team is looking to add to their talent with an a...

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  • Insurance Tax Senior Manager

    £75000 - £90000 per annum

    Insurance Tax Senior Manager This is a Big 4 Financial Services Team that has enjoyed significant growth following continual client wins and has some ambitious growth targets for the future. With sub-sectors...

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  • London VAT Manager

    Negotiable

    Are you looking to join a leading VAT team in the heart of London. This client is a Top 10 Firm with very strong growth and momentum with revenue targets of £10m in the next 3 years. With a broad mix of clie...

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  • FS Senior Manager - Banking

    market leading package

    Rivalling the Big 4 in terms of size and client base, this Financial Services Tax team are looking to add to their numbers with an ambitious Tax Senior Manager or experienced Manager looking for that step up...

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  • Big 4 M&A Senior Tax Manager - Privat...

    £80000 - £95000 per annum + excellent + flexi time

    A forefront, London Top 10 Firm with one of the largest transactional teams and growth figures in the market are recruiting a Senior Manager with a strong bias towards private equity. Having seen phenomenal ...

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  • Private Client with Private Equity bi...

    £65000 - £70000 per annum + excellent package

    A leading Private Client team within a London Top 10 practice is looking to expand their team further with an experienced Private Client Manager who has a bias and understanding of the Private Equity market....

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  • Newly Qualified Corporate Tax Profess...

    £47000 - £53000 per annum + excellent benefits

    A leading London Top 10 Firm who have seen phenomenal growth, have a very large global presence and one of the most supportive cultures amongst its competitors are wanting to hire Newly CTA Qualified profess...

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  • Kick Start your NEWLY QUALIFIED Corpo...

    highly competitive package

    The CTA weight is off your shoulders! Now is the time to launch yourself into a new challenge bringing together your academic prowess, new qualification and working practice experience. The prominent Top 10 ...

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  • Trusts Tax Manager

    £60000 - £80000 per annum + excellent benefits & home work

    Dynamic and fast paced, this London Top 10 with a solid reputation across the market, are now in need of an experienced and expert Trusts Manager with the stretch to step up in quick succession. Joining this...

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  • London FS Tax Manager

    market leading package

    Rivalling the Big 4 in terms of size and their client base, this London based Financial Services Tax team are looking to add to their numbers with an experience Tax Manager. Providing both tax advisory and c...

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  • VAT Associate Director

    Negotiable

    VAT Associate Director A leading tax boutique in which I have made multiple placements this year with are recruiting an experienced and engaging VAT Associate Director. This is a global leading tax boutique ...

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  • Trusts Director - London

    Negotiable

    This outstanding Top 10 practice that has seen near unprecedented growth within their market over the past couple of years, require the expertise of a Trusts Director to join their thriving team. To hit the ...

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  • Expat Tax Senior Manager

    market leading package + flexi working

    Are you an experienced expatriate tax specialist looking to join a large Expat tax Team in London in a senior capacity? This is an excellent opportunity to progress your career within a Top 10. The team is g...

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  • Global Compliance & Reporting Tax Man...

    Negotiable

    The team is focused on reducing cost and streamlining processes through shared service centres (SSC) for clients, offering them a 100% service outsource. Meaning this Big 4 Firm can produce high quality tax ...

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  • Corporate & International Tax Associa...

    Negotiable

    Fantastic new opportunity for an experienced International Tax Senior Manager looking to take a step up towards Directorship! Top 10 Firm with incredible growth and a culture that really does set them apart ...

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  • Employment Tax Senior Manager - London

    flex work + excellent benefits

    Employment Tax Senior Manager / Associate Director This London Employment Tax group in one of the largest accountancy firms in the world are looking for a key member to join their team. Either a Senior Manag...

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  • Private Client Tax Manager - Partners...

    excellent + flexi work

    Private Client Tax Manager needed for Partnerships and Funds team in a Big 4. The Partnerships and Funds team in this London Big 4 Firm encompasses UK and international private equity houses and professional...

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  • Operational Taxes Manager

    Negotiable

    Experienced Operational Taxes Manager for Big 4. This is a renowned Big 4 Firm in London who is looking for someone who is adept at read and interpreting new legislation, able to explain and break down chang...

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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.

RDP is a boutique firm of R&D tax specialists based in Toronto but operating in the UK and Europe.

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rebecca's articles

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Are there some glimmers of festive hope yet for the Office Christmas Party?

Posted by Rebecca English

esIt is no secret that Christmas will be a different one for so many reasons this year. COVID-19 has bulldozed its way through our way of living and working the whole year and it’s ramifications socially, emotionally, economically and professionally will no doubt be felt for years to come. It is a very different December to last or to what we could have ever expected. Many of us are working from home in makeshift offices, meetings have become virtual and our business attire certainly looks different. Figures have come out to show that only 19% of companies have planned Christmas gatherings for staff (down from 71% last year who booked venues) and nearly 40% of British businesses have cancelled plans completely. This will have an estimated knock on effect to the hardest hit hospitality sector at a further £717million in lost revenue the average company spend on employees of £49.90 for their end of year celebrations. But that doesn’t mean that we can simply let COVID-19 become The Grinch who stole Christmas. Whilst the ‘normal’ Christmas party will not be going ahead, there are in fact a number of other ways to spread a little festive cheer, and this year we certainly need it! BDO has published an article detailing that in fact HMRC is offering some seasonal goodwill and is extending its staff parties concession this year to apply to costs associated with hosting virtual parties. These concessions will be treated the same way as if the celebrations were usually held; providing food, entertainment, equipment etc. It is important to note that HMRC will still be applying the very strict rules; The cost of providing the benefit does not exceed £50 The benefit is not cash or a cash voucher (eg a premium bond) The employee is not entitled to the benefit as part of any contractual obligation (including under salary sacrifice) The benefit is not provided in recognition of particular services performed by the employee as part of their employment duties (or in anticipation of such services). The good news is that much of the costs associated with your virtual office Christmas arty will be tax deductible as with previous years. Another truly Christmas - spirited and entrepreneurial idea to combat the cancelled parties is Xmas Party Heroes. This is a new campaign urging businesses to donate their redundant Christmas party budget to charity. For many businesses with an unspent budget it is an effective and simple solution which they may not have thought of. Any business can donate to any cause, all you do is let #xmaspartyheroes how much you have pledged so they can keep track of the running total (currently at £1,26m as I write this). Mark Hawthorn, CEO of Lanmark Group says “We can’t have an Xmas Party, and it didn’t feel fair to just retain the funds as charities are more in need than ever. So, we will simply give the funds (and more) to charity” Lastly there is of course the option to carry something over to next year where we can all come together and celebrate as one again. Celebrate Christmas, celebrate being together again, celebrate our hard work and efforts of 2020. This is the route we have gone down at Pro Recruitment and like an unopened perfectly wrapped present waiting under the tree that I cannot wait. However you are celebrating Christmas this year, I wish you a happy and prosperous one.

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March 2020: Tax Movers and Shakers

Posted by Rebecca English

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in March 2020: PRACTICE LONDON AND CITY Partners PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has announced its leadership team with effect from 1st July 2020, following Kevin Ellis’ recent election to serve for a second four year term as the Senior Partner for the UK and Middle East Alliance. Alongside Ellis, the management board will comprise the following members from 1st July 2020: Marco Amitrano – Head of Clients and Markets; Benjamin Higgin – Head of Technology and Investment; Laura Hinton – Chief People Officer; Hemione Hudson – Head of Audit; Warwick Hunt – Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer; Sam Samaratunga – Head of Risk Assurance; Dan Schwarzmann – Head of Market Initiatives and Industries; Carl Sizer – Head of Regions; Alison Statham – General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer; Paul Terrington – Head of Consulting; Marissa Thomas – Head of Tax; and Ken Walsh – Head of Deals. Ernst & Young (EY) has announced the appointment of Hywel Ball as EY UK & Ireland Regional Managing Partner and UK Chair, effective 1st July 2020. Ball will be responsible for leading the business in the UK and Ireland, succeeding Steve Varley, who has been appointed as the first EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainability. In addition, Alison Kay has been appointed into a newly created role as UK&I Managing Partner – Client Service, also effective 1st July 2020. Kay will be responsible for leading the overall market activity and service line delivery for EY in the UK and Ireland. Ernst & Young (EY) has appointed Sally Jones as an International Trade Policy Partner. She joins from Deloitte where she spent over 20 years. Hugo Parson has joined Deloitte as a Partner to lead its Origination team for Private Equity. Parson was previously Global Head of Origination for Private Equity at Ernst & Young (EY), where he worked for over seven years. Prior to this, he worked at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. At Deloitte, Parson will head up a cross-border team to identify investment opportunities for financial investor clients. UHY Hacker Young has appointed Mike Burt as a Tax Partner in the London office. Burt joins from Grant Thornton where he served as Partner for 20 years. He is a tax specialist focusing on entrepreneurial private clients and their businesses. BKL has become a member of AGN International, a worldwide association of independent accounting, tax and advisory businesses.  Shipleys has announced that the tax and accounting division of London-based Mariana UFP LLP, merged with the firm on 2nd March 2020. The merger sees a small team of corporate and general tax specialists join Shipleys, led by Chartered Tax Adviser Stephen Hanlon. Hanlon’s career includes time working at BDO before moving to Ernst & Young (EY) as a Director in 2009, where he specialised in advising real estate businesses and a wide range of funds. He now specialises in many SEIS and EIS related issues, R&D tax credits and company share schemes, as well as advising on various reconstructions, reorganisations and M&A transactions.  Senior Appointments PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed Philip Rycroft CB and Victoria Raffé as new independent Non-Executives. They join the firm’s public interest body alongside Chair Dame Fiona Kendrick, Sir Ian Gibson CBE and Justin King CBE. During a 30-year career Rycroft held senior leadership positions in departments such as the Cabinet Office, Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Executive. Most recently, Rycroft was Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the EU before retiring from the Civil Service in 2019. Raffé is a former director and executive committee member of the Financial Conduct Authority, where she held a number of leadership roles during a 20-year career with the regulator and its predecessor the Financial Services Authority. Since leaving the FCA, Raffé has focused on non-executive roles in the fintech sector and is currently a non-executive director of Starling Bank.  Rakesh Dabasia has joined Buzzacott as a Tax Director in the Private Client team. He joins Buzzacott from Rayner Essex. Dominic Treays has been appointed as Commercial Director (Global Business Services – Tax & Accounting) at TMF Group. Treays’ specialisms include corporate advisory, planning and transactional, VAT, tax controversy and international corporate tax. SOUTH EAST Partners RSM has appointed Natasha Lucas as a Partner in its Private Client team based in Guildford. Lucas joins RSM from a London based investment firm where she was the CFO. Previously, she worked in Private Client Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a Tax Director and as a Director at Deloitte. SOUTH WEST Partners Thomas Westcott has appointed Chartered Tax Adviser Ian Pring as a Partner in the Plymouth office. Pring has joined Thomas Westcott following a 30-year career at PKF Francis Clark. He has experience of advising on all areas of tax as well as specialist knowledge of property taxes, such as stamp duty land tax, and family business succession planning. MIDLANDS AND THE EAST Partners  Smith & Williamson has appointed David Yewdall as a Partner in the Employment Tax and Incentives team based in the Birmingham office. Yewdall joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he was a Director and spent over two years. He has also worked for KPMG and Ernst & Young (EY).  NORTH WEST Partners UHY Hacker Young has appointed Helen Cowley as a Tax Partner in the Manchester office. Cowley joins from Baldwins, she provides bespoke tax advice to UK and overseas businesses and has particular expertise is assisting clients entering global markets and in providing international tax advice. Senior Appointments  Julie Moore has joined RSM as an Employment Tax Director based in Manchester. Moore joins RSM from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where she was a Senior Manager.  NORTH EAST Senior Appointments Roseann McGovern has joined the RMT’s Personal Tax team. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Justin Moody has been appointed Head of Tax at NES Global Talent. Chris spent time in practice with Deloitte and KPMG with his in-house career including time spent in the tax teams of AstraZeneca, Creston PLC and MAG.  Hannah Karwatowska has joined Activision Blizzard as Indirect Tax Director. Before Activision, Hannah spent the majority of her career with Deloitte before her first move in-house to Thomson Reuters. Premier Foods have appointed Nita Advani as Head of Tax. Nita is vastly experienced with her in-house career spanning a variety of industries which includes time spent with Gillette, Aker Solutions, PageGroup, Ashtead and Lloyd’s respectively. For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk. Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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#EqualPayDay

Posted by Rebecca English

Women get paid from the 4th March. That's right! On average in the UK women work for free for two months every year as a result of the gender pay gap! According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) that means that with the average working an unpaid 63 days versus their male counterpart, today; March 4th marks the day women start getting paid! The TUC analyses this further. Since the Equity Act came into force in April 2017, companies with more that 250 employees have been forced to publish their gender pay gap and it makes for some surprising results. Findings go on to show that there is still quite the discrepancy between industries. For example, education is an industry made up of 75% women, however the gender pay gap is 25.4%. This means that on average female teachers work for free for more than a quarter of the year (93 days)! Meanwhile, women in the financial and insurance industry could be looking at 123 days working for free a year, which would mean for these it would be 3rd of May this year before their pay kicks in vs. a similar male colleague. There are also findings to suggest that location also plays a big part in gender pay differences, linked to the concentration of industries in different regions. If the UK average is 63 days of comparative unpaid work, then the areas with the smallest pay gap are Northern Ireland (37 day / 10.1% ) and Scotland (52 days / 14.3%). The area that has the biggest gap is the South East where there is on average 20.5% gap (over a month's difference compared to NI). Companies are, in general, trying to close the gender pay gap and there has been a call for the workplace to recognise and help women with more family friendly policies. Employers are much more open to flexible working, encouraging parental leave and providing the same opportunities within the workplace. Pro-Tax are proud to announce that in 2020 to date, we have placed an exact 50:50 gender split into permanent positions. As well as this, Pro-Group is an inclusive employer and we are proud to have a female heavy employee base, with 50% women in management and on the board. We have also set up a new network for women working within the tax market - whether it be in practice, in-house, HMRC, support, HR or sales. This space is aimed at providing a platform to women working in the tax industry in whatever capacity so they can share insights and ideas, facilitate learning, development and further knowledge in a like minded supportive group through articles, discussions and events - if this is something you would be interested in please do join our network. (Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/04/women-work-for-free-for-two-months-a-year-says-tuc-analysis) For a confidential chat around what opportunities are available to all across the tax market, please contact Rebecca English on 020 7269 6320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk.

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February 2020: Tax Movers and Shakers

Posted by Rebecca English

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in February 2020: PRACTICE LONDON AND CITY Partners BDO has appointed Julia McCullagh as a Partner in the Corporate Tax practice. She previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) both in the UK and US as well as spending five years working in-house within the consumer goods industry. She will assist clients manage all tax aspects of their UK and overseas operations including cross-border operating models and transfer pricing. McCullagh’s sector experience includes pharmaceuticals and consumer markets. Wilkins Kennedy has appointed Paul Barwick as a Forensic Accounting Partner. Barwick, who has more than 13 years’ experience in forensic accounting, joins from Mazars where he spent seven years, and earlier in his career spent six years with Charles River Associates. He specialises in the provision of forensic accounting services to solicitors, regulators, and corporates and has worked across a range of sectors. He has wide ranging experience including breach of contract and loss of profit claims, fraud investigations and asset tracing, post-transaction disputes, contentious valuations, family and matrimonial disputes, and manipulation of accounts investigations. Barwick is regularly instructed by dispute resolution lawyers in the context of litigation or arbitration and has had cases heard in both the UK High Court and in arbitral tribunals around the world. Senior Appointments It has been reported that Ernst & Young (EY) has appointed five solicitors to its Tax Controversy and Risk Management team. Richard Doran joins as a Director from KPMG, where he spent over six years. Prior to KPMG, he spent five years with law firm Dorsey & Whitney. Julian Balson joins as a Director from law firm Bird & Bird, who he joined from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2017. Paula Ruffell joins as a Senior Manager from Grant Thornton, where she worked for nearly three years. Earlier in her career, she worked at law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP and HM Revenue & Customs. Meanwhile, Daniel Greene joins from The Khan Partnership and Davinder Sahota joins from KPMG. Markel Tax has made a number of new senior appointments. Mark Baycroft and Imran Umarji have joined the Owner-Managed Business (OMB) Tax team. Both arrive from Moore Stephens/BDO. Andrew Paschalis joins the Tax Investigations team as a Senior Consultant from PwC. Punnit Vyas has joined Markel Tax as a Senior Consultant with over 16 years as a VAT consultant in top 20 mid-tier accountancy firms, and within HM Revenue & Customs. Nicola Goldsmith has joined the team as Head of Private Client.  All five team members will be based in Markel Tax’s London office. MIDLANDS AND THE EAST Partners Lovewell Blake has announced the appointment of a new Partner following the agreement to acquire some of Grant Thornton’s local tax and audit practice in Norwich. Tax Director Mark Watson will join the Partnership at Lovewell Blake, and the 34 staff currently based at Grant Thornton’s Kingfisher House office will also join Lovewell Blake, relocating to the firm’s Norwich offices at Broadland Business Park. It has been reported that Baldwins Directors, John Baldwin, David Baldwin and Shaun Knight, have resigned. Alyn North, Group Chief Commercial Officer at CogitalGroup has taken over as CEO at Baldwins. North trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Senior Appointments Baldwins has appointed Lucy Sutcliffe as Director of National Customs Duty. She specialises in customs and excise duties providing technical advice for businesses involved in the movement of goods, imported into and exported from the UK, the EU and the rest of the world. She joins from MHA MacIntyre Hudson and previously spent over 20 years at HM Revenue & Customs. YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER Partners It has been reported that Deloitte has appointed Richard Davis as Head of Tax for Yorkshire and the North East. Davis joined Deloitte in 2005 and was made a Partner in 2014. His sector experience includes manufacturing, utilities and real estate. SCOTLAND Partners Anderson Anderson & Brown has announced that Derek Mitchell will take over as Managing Partner of the firm’s Aberdeen office on 1st April 2020. Mitchell, a tax specialist, currently leads the firm’s business advisory group, having joined the firm 14 years ago. Senior Appointments Alvarez & Marsal has opened an office in Glasgow, extending the firm’s funds and alternative assets practice. The new team will be part of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, providing alternative asset management clients with advice and reporting services across the lifecycle of funds, from launch to exit. In addition, the team will work with private clients in Scotland. The new Glasgow office will be led by Donald Campbell, who joins as a Senior Adviser from Deloitte, where he led the Private Client Services team. Campbell has more than 30 years’ tax experience, advising both individuals and corporates on tax related to M&A, real estate, funds and succession planning. He will be joined by Jordan Brown, who joins A&M as a Director from Ernst & Young (EY). Brown has over ten years’ experience advising private clients and asset managers on tax issues. Prior to joining A&M, he was part of EY’s funds tax team. WALES Senior Appointments Daniel Burton has joined Kilsby & Williams as a Tax Manager. He previously spent six years with HM Revenue & Customs where he specialised in customs and international tax. OFFSHORE Partners Grant Thornton in Ireland has promoted Brian Murphy to Partner in the Financial Services tax practice. Murphy joined Grant Thornton in 2019 as a Director from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he spent 15 years. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Chris Mutlow has been appointed Head of Tax Compliance & Reporting at Advanz Pharma. Chris spent time in practice with Deloitte and KPMG before his first in-house move with British American Tobacco. Sarah Sennett has joined Ascot Group as Head of Tax. Sarah can be considered somewhat of an insurance specialist with previous stints with QBE, Markel and MS Amlin respectively. Refinitiv have appointed Juliet Coombs as Director of Tax Operations EMEA. Having spent the majority of her career with Deloitte initially, Juliet spent just over 2 years with Capita before making the move. ​ For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk. Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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January 2020: Tax Movers and Shakers

Posted by Rebecca English

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in January 2020: PRACTICE LONDON AND CITY Partners Haysmacintyre has appointed James Walker as a Private Client Partner. Walker specialises in advising high-net-worth non UK domiciled individuals, offshore trust/company structures and related beneficiaries. He joins from Buzzacott where he was Partner and Head of Private Clients. RSM has appointed Natasha Lucas as Tax Partner. Lucas joins from Ferox Capital where she spent 11 years following Directorships at both PwC and Deloitte. Mercer & Hole has promoted Jacqui Gudgion to Partner in the Corporate and Business Tax team. Gudgion has expertise in tax planning for reconstructions and reorganisations, profit extraction, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, research & development relief claims, enterprise management incentives and the enterprise investment scheme. Barnes Roffe has appointed Jasmine Worth as a Partner with effect from 1st January 2020 based in the East London office. Worth specialises in VAT in addition to all corporate and personal tax matters. She started with Barnes Roffe in 2006 and following qualification as a chartered accountant was promoted to Audit Manager. Senior Appointments Buzzacott has appointed Antoine Housden as Head of Financial Services tax in the Corporate and Business Services team. He advises investment funds, asset managers and other financial services businesses. Prior to joining Buzzacott, Housden spent over four years at Ernst & Young (EY), latterly as Director in the Wealth and Asset Management tax practice. Earlier in his career, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and spent nearly ten years at Kinetic Partners. SOUTH EAST Partners PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed Caroline Bevan as the new Office Senior Partner for the North of London office based in Watford. Bevan has been with PwC for more than 20 years KPMG has appointed Andrew Morgan, Senior Partner for the Reading office, as South region chair. A Tax Partner, who first joined KPMG in 1988, Morgan advises clients on transfer pricing, corporate restructuring and tax investigations. KPMG has moved its Thames Valley office to 2 Forbury Place, 33 Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3AD. Mazars has relocated its Sutton office to: 6 Sutton Plaza, Sutton Court Road, Sutton SM1 4FS. Senior Appointments Harwood Hutton has welcomed Michael Ashdown as its new Head of VAT and Indirect Taxes. For the past 12 years Ashdown worked at BDO, latterly as a VAT & Indirect Taxes Director. Earlier in his career, he spent four years with Deloitte & Touche. SOUTH WEST Partners Bishop Fleming has announced plans to move their Bristol office to a new office in the city in 2020. Currently based in Queen Square, the firm is taking the whole top floor and roof terrace of 10 Templeback. Senior Appointments MHA Monahans has appointed Carmelo Lattuca as a client portfolio manager based in the Bath office. Lattuca joins from Milsted Langdon, where he was Senior General Practice Manager. He qualified as an ACA in 2014. MIDLANDS AND THE EAST Partners PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has confirmed that it has moved into its new Birmingham office, based at One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3AX. MHA MacIntyre Hudson has announced that it has finalised a deal to merge its Milton Keynes operations with Keens Shay Keens MK LLP. Claristas Tax, an independent advisory firm, have promoted Ses Memhi to Associate Director in their Birmingham office. NORTH WEST Partners HURST has appointed Adrian Young as a Tax Partner. Young was previously Global Head of Tax at the Euro Garages Group. He qualified as a chartered tax adviser with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2003. UHY Hacker Young has announced the addition of Helen Cowley as a new Tax Partner in their Manchester office. Helen joins from Baldwins where she specialised in working with owner-managed businesses, independent professionals, and global accountants and business advisors. Senior Appointments DSG Chartered Accountants has promoted Murray McLean to Tax Director. McLean joined DSG as a Senior Tax Manager in 2018, having previously worked for another local firm for 13 years. YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER Senior Appointments Watson Buckle has appointed Gillian Craven as Director. Craven started her career at Watson Buckle in 2005 as a Graduate Trainee. After attaining the ACA qualification, she was promoted to Audit Manager in 2010. Her focus has been on audit and accounting, tax, and business advisory. SCOTLAND Partners Neil Norman, Head of the Entrepreneurial Tax team at Chiene + Tait, has been appointed to the Board of the Global Accountancy Association AGN International. This appointment coincides with Norman and his fellow C+T Tax Partner John Rodger being jointly named as the firm’s new Heads of Taxation. Norman qualified with a medium sized firm and then spent five years with KPMG prior to joining Chiene + Tait in 2012. EQ Accountants has promoted Rachel Bell, Scott Greig and Robert Young from Principal Managers to Partners with effect from 1st April 2020. Bell, based in the Dundee office, joined the firm as a Trainee in 2008. She qualified as chartered tax advisor in 2014 and is a corporate tax specialist. She is a member of the research and development tax team and heads up the Transaction Tax group. Greig, who is based in Cupar office, qualified as a chartered accountant with the firm in 2012 and is an agricultural specialist. An agricultural specialist, Young is based in the Forfar office and specialises in personal taxation, particularly succession planning, inheritance tax and executory taxation. He is also the lead for the private client tax group. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY David Yeomans has been promoted to the position of Group Head of Tax at Hitachi Capital. David enjoyed a spell of just over 10 years with KPMG before moving the Hitachi Captial and starting his career with HMRC. Mark Dyer has joined Lloyd’s as Head of Tax. His previous experience has included senior level positions of the tax teams at Essentra and Debenhams respectively. Chanel has appointed a new Head of Tax, Manuel Lutz. He has held several tax leadership roles in industry. He joins from Alcon where he was  Head of Tax, based from Geneva. Before that he was VP and Group Head of Tax at Essilor, based in Paris. ​ For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk. Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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Rise in Women's Opportunities Boosts UK to Record 76.3% Employment Rate

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A record rise in women’s full-time employment opportunities has boosted the UK’s employment rates to a record high of 76.3% in the September to November 2019 period (up 0.5% from the previous quarter and 0.6% higher than the year before). The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released their findings for the previous quarter which show that 126,000 more women worked in a full-time role compared to the previous quarter, meaning that a record 32.9 million are currently employed in the UK. Over two-thirds of this growth has been attributed in the past year from women working full time, says ONS head of labour market and households, David Freeman. Figure 1: UK employment rate (aged 16 - 64 years), seasonally adjusted, January to March 1971 to September to November 2019 Source: Office for National Statistics The statistics go on to breakdown that the estimated employment rate for men was 80.4%, a 0.1% increase on the year. Similarly, women across the board increased on last year but we can see a massive 1.1% increase comparatively, meaning employment rates for women are now at 72.3%. The increase in women’s employment can be attributed to a couple of notable factors. Partly, it is a result of the changes we have seen to the state pension age for women, resulting in fewer women retiring before the age of 65. Also, there is a decrease in women being economically inactive. Economic inactivity measure people without a job who are not seeking work so are not unemployed. For example, looking after family or the home. Figure 2: Reasons for women being economically inactive Source: Office for National Statistics via BBC Generally speaking, since records began in 1971, economic inactivity has been steadily falling, this tends to be largely due to the rates falling with women. The ONS goes on to show that in the previous quarter (September – November 2019), the estimated inactivity was at a record low of 20.6%. Men were unchanged from the year previous, but astoundingly women hit a new record low of 24.9%; 0.8% lower than the year before. Unemployment is one of the closely-watched metrics that guide the Bank of England in deciding whether to raise or lower interest rates and will be taken into great consideration by the Monetary Policy Committee and their review of cutting the Official Interest rate next week to 0.05%. To view the latest opportunities at Pro-Tax click here, or for a confidential discussion contact Rebecca English on 020 7269 6320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk.

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CTA Prize Draw

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Congratulations to all CTA finalists! Well done on your achievements, we hope you're excited about to take the next step in your career. We know how challenging the tax qualifications can be, and to help you celebrate your successes, and now that the hard work is done, Pro-Tax is offering you a chance to win £300 worth of vouchers of your choice. Even better, if you refer three of more of your CTA peers to us, and your entry wins, we will give you £500 vouchers of your choice. All you need to do is enter! Please complete the form below to be in with a chance of winning.  Form ID:5234 There is certainly a lot ahead of us for 2020 and in the tax market; here’s to a new year and many new and exciting beginnings. For more information about how we can help you with your next move in tax, contact Rebecca English on 020 7269 6320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk. This prize draw is only applicable to individuals who have passed their CTA examination in January 2020. To be eligible to claim the prize, the winning entrant will be required to provide Pro-Tax with proof of their exam sitting. By entering this prize draw, you agree to the terms and conditions within our Privacy Policy.

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December 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 December 2019: PRACTICE LONDON AND CITY Partners Grant Thornton has appointed Lee Holloway as a Tax Partner. Holloway has over 20 years’ experience in consumer business and tax risk management, specialising in the retail and consumer business sector, having spent nearly a decade leading the tax functions at Next PLC and Halfords Group. Grant Thornton has appointed Steve Holt as a Partner in the Specialist Investigations Team, part of the Forensic and Investigation Services practice. The Simmons Gainsford Group has appointed Darren Hersey as Senior Partner. Hersey became Partner at Simmons Gainsford in 1998, having joined the firm in 1992. He specialises in tax, with considerable experience advising on high value transactions and heads up the firm’s Private Client Team. Harwood Hutton has recruited Michael Ashdown as its new Head of VAT and Indirect Taxes. Senior Appointments Thomas St John Group, a leading international accounting firm for artists, entertainers, sports people, has recruited Gary Rowson as its new UK Tax Director. MIDLANDS AND THE EAST Partners Ernst & Young (EY) has announced the acquisition of AgilityWorks, a technology consultancy business that helps global organisations to shape and deliver digital business transformations with the latest generation of SAP technology. They will operate as EY AgilityWorks. Begbies Traynor has opened a new office in Grimsby, located at Prince Albert Gardens. NORTH WEST Senior Appointments DTE Business Advisers has appointed Victoria Frost as a Tax Consultant in the Bury office. Frost qualified as a chartered accountant in 2012 where she worked in accounts and audit before switching her focus to taxation. Alexander & Co has appointed Sharon Collier as a Tax Senior Manager based in Manchester. Collier, who has 30 years’ experience, has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte and KPMG.  YORKSHIRE Joanne Powell has joined BHP Chartered Accountants in Leeds as Tax Partner, effective November 2019.  SCOTLAND Senior Appointments Anderson Anderson & Brown has made several promotions to the senior management team including in Corporate Tax, Katy Thomson. OFFSHORE Partners Deloitte Ireland has appointed Kevin Norton, a Transfer Pricing specialist with 15 years’ experience, as a Partner in the tax department. Dillon Eustace has announced the appointment of 3 new Partners including Richard Lacken who has been made a Partner in the Tax division. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has announced the arrival of 7 new Partners in Paris, including in tax; Christine Daric and Olivier Mesmin who handle Corporate and Real Estate taxation matters. Mazars Ireland has announced the appointment of two new Partners due to ongoing business growth across the firm. Ken Killoran has been appointed as a Tax Partner leading the Employment Tax and Global Mobility Services area, and Padraig Daly has been appointed Corporate Tax Partner. COMMERCE & INDUSTRY Lindsay Jafaripak has been appointed the Group Tax Director at Resolution Life. Lindsay was most recently Tax Partner at PwC specialising in the UK insurance tax market but had previously held in-house positions with AXA and Friends Life. The Rank Group have promoted Gurpreet Makh to Head of Tax. His background consists of time spent with PwC and Grant Thornton and his previous role at Rank was that of Senior Tax Manager. Andy McLean has been promoted to Head of Tax & Treasury at Wood, where he was initially deputising the role. Andy had previously held in-house positions with Amec Foster Wheeler and SSL International subsequent to his training at Arthur Andersen. For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696320 or rebecca.english@pro-tax.co.uk. Back to Tax Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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