Phil is a Chartered Tax Adviser and has specialised in VAT for over 28 years. He became a Partner at haysmacintyre in 2013 and heads up our VAT department. Like many indirect tax specialists, he started his career with HM Customs & Excise, initially as a visiting VAT officer, before moving on to specialist fraud teams. His real interest in the tax began in 1995 when he was promoted to Senior Officer and moved to the VAT Policy Directorate in Customs HQ. Here he became involved in litigation for the first time and developed a deeper knowledge of the tax, providing technical advice to colleagues in regional VAT offices, as well as providing training to other VAT officers, and helping draft VAT legislation.
He left the department in 1998 to join Hays Allan, a predecessor firm of haysmacintyre where he remained until 2005. After a spell with a larger firm he re-joined us in 2007.
Phil's primary focus is in the not for profit, land and property and financial services sectors; all areas where the VAT legislation can be at its most complex. His goal is to make it as simple as possible for his clients and he believes that an adviser should be prepared to give considered, but practical advice and recommendations. He also believes that communication is essential and that advice must be given as clearly and concisely as possible.
Outside work, Phil enjoys reading (anything and everything), art and antiques (particularly the Arts & Crafts movement), walking in Cornwall and Yorkshire, and watching rugby (having decided he was too old and skinny to carry on playing after tackling a particularly large Metropolitan policeman).
Mark joined haysmacintyre in 2004 where he trained and qualified in the audit department. He moved to specialise in business taxation in 2007 and worked his way through the ranks to be promoted to Partner in April 2016.
Having started his career in audit, Mark developed an interest in tax and enjoyed advising clients on matters that affect them and their business. His background places him in an excellent position to be able to advise clients from both an accounting and tax point of view, providing them with comprehensive joined up advice.
Mark provides tax advisory services for our clients with particular experience in the hospitality sector. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge on matters such as employee equity incentives including Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) scheme, group restructuring and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) support and venture capital schemes such as Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA).
In his spare time he is a Chairman and regular player of an amateur football club, which is over 120 years old. He enjoys all sports, regularly playing golf, tennis and badminton.
Neil joined haysmacintyre in 2001 and is a Tax Partner with us. His area of practice focuses on all aspects of direct taxation relevant to businesses and their owners whether incorporated (company or LLP) or un-incorporated, including general partnerships.
He advises on a range of tax issues focusing on transactional matters and tax structuring, particularly for early stage businesses and those preparing for, or seeking an exit. He has wide experience of advising on the impact and mitigation of direct taxes in the course of business transactions generally and those related matters as they impact on the owners and their key employees.
Neil has been a specialist tax partner for over 25 years. Following qualification, Neil spent a number of years in general practice before specialising in tax and joining the tax consultancy group of a national firm where he became a Partner and headed up the group.
Tom joined haysmacintyre in 2009 from a top ten audit firm, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2004.
As a corporate specialist, Tom manages audits and financial reporting assignments and is involved in financial due diligence projects. His audit clients operate internationally and in a variety of industries, but his particular specialisms are in the property, technology and financial services sectors. Tom is a member of the firm’s Property team.
Tom is also a member of the firm’s Technical team and advises clients and colleagues on technical auditing and financial reporting issues. This role sees him attend Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) seminars and other technical courses. He writes technical guidance and articles for haysmacintyre.
Outside of work, Tom is a fan of live comedy, a keen cricketer and sometime golfer. Having raised thousands of pounds for the Sands charity by completing the London Marathon in 2016, he hopes to do so again.
Paul is a prize winning Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser who was appointed a Director in haysmacintyre’s Business Tax team in April 2017. Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007 and joined the haysmacintyre from a top ten firm in September 2013.
Paul specialises in tax issues concerning businesses within the haysmacintyre creative, media and technology sector and is expert in advising on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and associated shareholder matters; a subject upon which he has presented and is published. Paul has further specialisms in employee share scheme matters, including the Enterprise Management Scheme (EMI) scheme and research and development tax relief. Paul is known for being adept in technical matters and being able to turn his hand to some of the more esoteric tax issues which may arise and is one of the firm’s experts on withholding tax.
Before specialising in tax, Paul was a general accountant for five years and as such is able to advise clients both in relation to accounting and tax matters, as well as being able to assess the commercial implications of transactional activities beyond their tax impact.
Outside of work Paul is a keen cyclist and roller-skater, having competed in several skating marathons in the UK and on the continent. A former singer in bands in his younger days, Paul is a fan of alternative music and still enjoys the odd gig. Paul is also a supporter of Humanists UK.