South West firm Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants has appointed Becky Hayes as a new partner to “develop the firm’s specialist tax advice”.
Hayes joins from PKF Francis Clark, where she advised clients across the UK and internationally on VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for 10 years. She also regularly delivers VAT and SDLT training for the professional sector.
Based in Exeter, she will work with colleagues across Thomas Westcott’s network of offices, providing clients with specialist VAT advice, heading up a dedicated VAT team to support Thomas Westcott’s clients in the South West and beyond.
Managing partner Shona Godefroy said: “We are delighted to welcome Becky Hayes to Thomas Westcott. She has an extremely impressive CV and brings the depth and breadth of expertise we need to take our VAT offering to the next level.
“Becky’s appointment is part of our strategic growth, which includes expanding our tax team. Taxation is becoming more complex so we are making a number of strategic appointments to bring the very best specialists into our team. Becky’s arrival significantly enhances our tax offering, ensuring we continue to meet the changing needs of our clients.”
Hayes added: “This is an exciting time for Thomas Westcott so it feels like the right moment for me to join the firm. I was attracted by Thomas Westcott’s growth plans and reputation for high quality service and felt I could make a real difference to the firm and its clients.
“This is a critical time for businesses, with Brexit and other changes making taxation more complex than ever. As a VAT specialist, I stay ahead of the latest developments and it is very satisfying to find ways to help individuals, charities and businesses.