3 Reasons Why AECOM Was My Biggest Incentive For Change

After a great two years at Abbey Tax, and a short consultancy role at Knight Frank, I’m delighted to announce that I have joined the Fiscal Incentives team at AECOM.

I will continue to focus on my specialist areas – fiscal incentives and business valuations – and work alongside my network of professional intermediaries to diligently pursue and maximise tax relief opportunities for their clients, in particular:

  • Capital allowances (including enhanced capital allowances).
  • Research and Development (R&D) tax relief.
  • Patent box.
  • Land Remediation Relief (LRR).
  • Tax credits for the creative sector (film production, etc).
  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).
  • Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

It is an incredibly exciting time. I am proud to be joining such a highly-experienced team and I’m relishing the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a business that acts as a trusted adviser to some of the biggest names in UK industry.

The move to a Fortune 500 company more readily recognised as a construction and engineering firm than a tax practice has raised some eyebrows. However, as you’ll see below, an unrivalled track record and proven pedigree for providing fiscal incentive tax advice over the past 30 years meant the move to AECOM was a no-brainer:

1.    Specialist expertise. We are experts in our field. Our team has unrivalled expertise in the provision of specialist real estate-focused tax consultancy services in the UK and overseas. The team is highly skilled and boasts a rare mix of chartered building surveyors (RICS), chartered tax advisers (CTA), ex-HMRC inspectors and valuation specialists.

2.    Trust. Trust is the number one trait that accountants and solicitors look for when choosing strategic partners. AECOM’s fiscal incentives team is trusted by some of the most respected businesses in the UK, including the John Lewis Partnership and Liverpool Victoria.

3.    Deep experience. We are the UK’s longest established fiscal incentives team and can trace our roots back to Crosher & James – the first firm to agree a capital allowances claim with HMRC back in the 1980’s. It was acknowledged some years ago, that we produce more claims agreed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) than any other single organisation, it’s comforting to have that bank of knowledge and veteran experience in-house.

I think you’ll agree that it’s a pretty compelling proposition.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Alison Lynch and John Moxon for their help, guidance and support during my time at Abbey Tax. I am grateful to have had an opportunity to work with a talented group of people who made work fun and interesting. There are too many people to name individually – you know who you are.

My updated contact details can be found on my profile. I look forward to catching-up with those I know and meeting new contacts in my new role.

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