Grant Thornton bolsters VAT team following relocation of senior partner

Employment & Skills | Legal | South East | South West

Grant Thornton has welcomed a new partner, Karen Robb, to head up its VAT team in the South region.

Karen joins from the London market, where she led the VAT, Customs and Indirect Tax practice for the UK and EMEA.

Her relocation is further evidence of Grant Thornton’s investment in the South and commitment to providing the best expertise to vibrant businesses.

The news also comes hot on the heels of other regional successes. In the last four months alone, the business has experienced significant growth and there have been more than 150 promotions across the South.

The Bristol office in particular has celebrated 43 promotions including Matt Parfitt, Adam Taylor, Paula Hargaden, Sam King, James Pitts and Nick Jones being named Associate Directors.

Karen Robb’s move will further strengthen the tax team in the region – she has 22 years’ experience of assisting large corporate and multi-national businesses with their VAT and indirect taxes and in particular advising on tax issues arising as a consequence of cross border and global trade. She has also spent five years working as a VAT inspector for the UK tax authorities.

Her work involves providing consulting and advisory services on the more complicated commercial aspects of large and complex businesses and she works across all sectors with extensive experience in the IT, technology, telecoms and digital media sectors. She will continue to service her existing clients while working on new projects with the Southern team.

She is the chairman of Grant Thornton International’s EMEA indirect tax committee and works with member firms across the world, sharing knowledge and best practice, as well as training and mentoring teams. She also sits on various committees and consultation groups with HMRC and HM Treasury, including, recently, groups concerning new voucher rules and an EU-standardised VAT return.

Karen commented: “I am excited about this new chapter in my Grant Thornton journey and for what it represents for the tax team in the South. I started my career in the region so I feel really positive about coming home and using my many years’ international experience to benefit dynamic businesses as they trade in the UK and globally. I enjoy advising businesses on all matters around UK and international indirect tax and look forward to working alongside the local business community, particularly during this complex season as we wait for a final decision on Brexit.”

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