Chartered Tax Advisor at Withers LLP
Graham mainly advises clients on VAT (Value Added Tax). He also advises on gift aid for charities, general charity transactions and SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax). Regarding VAT, his main areas of focus are: real estate, charities and international services.
Most of Graham's practice involves advising clients on what the tax law legitimately allows so that they do not pay more tax than they ought or is fair. This occasionally involves recouping overpaid tax (since it is better to pay the correct amount to start with). On occasion however a defence of the position, or the need to 'claw back' occurs. In this connection he has a good track record of holding HMRC to account on behalf of clients and resisting often spurious attempts by HMRC to raise more tax than is due. However, he puts great store by ensuring that clients understand their obligations and remain clear of problems and worries that interrupt focus on the business itself.
As an MBA, Graham focusses consistently on understanding commercial and operational aspects of his clients' activities and applies tax law to a detailed appreciation of these business issues.