Mark McLaughlin

CTA (Fellow) ATT (Fellow) TEP

Mark McLaughlin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, a Fellow of the Association of Taxation Technicians, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Jesminara Rahman

Director of Tax Resolute Ltd

Jesminara Rahman has over 20 years experience of tax investigations and tax dispute skills including 15 years experience in HMRC as an Inspector of Taxes and Tax Dispute Resolution expert.

Adam Riches

Editorial director of Armstrong Media

Adam Riches is editor of HMRC: Enquiries, Investigations & Powers, and has over 20 years experience as a journalist and editor.

Dave Wase

Tax Manager at PKF Francis Clark

Dave joined PKF Francis Clark in October 2018 after a 27 year career working for HMRC. Working as part of the tax advisory investigations team, Dave oversees all manner of HMRC tax investigations, from COP9 suspected fraud enquiries to S9A local compliance checks. His vast enquiry experience gained whilst working for HMRC overseeing, working and settling many hundreds of tax enquiries ensures that he can offer valued support and a robust defence.

Adam Craggs

Partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Adam Craggs is a Partner in RPC's Tax Disputes Resolution team and an accredited mediator. I advise on a wide range of contentious tax issues (direct and indirect taxes), including HMRC enquiries and litigation before the Tax Tribunals and the Higher Courts.

Les Howard

VAT Consultant at

Les Howard is a partner at, a specialist VAT consultancy practice. You will find his blogs on VAT issues on a number of technical websites. And, from time to time, he sits as a non-legal Member of the Tax Tribunals.

Andy Vessey

Head of Tax at Larsen Howie - Contractor Insurance & IR35 Specialists

Andy Vessey is a specialist provider of insurance and IR35 advice to contractors, freelancers and consultants.

Noel Hankinson

Director and Head of Tax at Forths Tax

Noel is Director and Head of Tax at the newly formed Forths Tax. Having spent the last four and a half years building up Tax Investigations firm Hankinson Tax LLP, the next exciting chapter has begun with the merger of hisFirm with Forths Forensic Accountants to become Forths Tax.

Salman Anwar

Senior Tax Manager at Mazars

Salman Anwar works for the Investigations and Employer Solutions team. Based in Birmingham having previously trained and worked for HM Revenue and Customs, majorly within Fraud Investigations Service.

Alice Kemp

Criminal Tax and White Collar Crime Specialist

Alice Kemp is a dual qualified barrister with significant trial experience, who specialises in tax prosecutions, white collar crime, and sanctions. She has acted for corporates and individuals in complex criminal investigations, assisted with the design and implementation of policy frameworks, and conducted internal investigations for a range of offences.

Gary Brothers

Owner at Independent Tax

Gary has been engaged on tax disputes, investigations and enquiries for over 30 years on “both sides of the fence”, having moved to the profession from HMRC almost 20 years ago. With his acknowledged wealth of experience, he is widely regarded as a “go to” advisor for any matters relating to HMRC. Having held a host of very Senior positions in professional firms, he then set up the award-winning practice Independent Tax in 2013, where he and his team continue to support clients through all manner of HMRC issues securing great outcomes. Gary recalls a client once describing him as “a thinker and a warrior”, which is a compliment he was delighted to receive!