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).