Areas of Expertise

Income & Corporation Tax Investigations.
Gained within HMRC

I have 30+ years of 'hands on experience' which includes 10 years working and managing tax investigation cases at local level. I was a District Inspector in Liverpool plus I have 14 years Special Compliance Office experience in both Liverpool and Edinburgh (11 as Group Leader). I have personally been involved with in excess of 750 SCO cases predominately Code 9 cases but also including some where criminal proceedings have been considered/implemented.

I also have 10 years experience as the Head of HMRC Direct Taxes Compliance Learning Team. I have worked in partnership with the HMRC Compliance Strategy specialists to devise and deliver the learning intended to develop the compliance skills of Inspectors. This includes technical and investigation knowledge and the application of that knowledge.

I have also undertaken compliance training assignments overseas on behalf of HMRC for Greece, Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man/Channel Islands. In addition I have also delivered Fraud Awareness courses for the Scottish Police College and delivered Compliance Overview courses for the Accountancy profession.

Post HMRC

Since starting my own Tax Investigation consultancy business in 2007 I have dealt with a number of tax investigation cases ranging from small one man band businesses compliance checks to the most serious fraud cases dealt with by the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service (previously Civil Investigations Groups and the HMRC Criminal Taxes Unit (Civil). I have also supported Solicitors/QC’s in cases involving criminal proceedings for tax offences.

If you were to appoint me then I personally deal with your case. Responsibility for your case is not delegated to someone else.

I have continued to deliver tax investigation lectures. I assisted ICAS prepare and deliver a series of lectures following the introduction of the new Penalty and Information and Inspection Powers. I was also a speaker at the 2012 Scottish Tax Investigation Conference.