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.

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..

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.

Amit Puri

Tax Director, Lancaster Knox

Amit is a fully technically qualified Inspector of Taxes, with over 16 years of focused, high quality HMRC investigative experience (to Feb 2015). He describes himself as someone committed to ‘fight tooth & nail’ for his clients. He leads the tax investigations practice at Lancaster Knox. Amit is well versed in dealing with HMRC’s most serious investigations, e.g. under Codes of Practice 9 and 8, and handling large scale business enquiries and other investigations into the affairs of entrepreneurs. His team specialise in full-time tax and penalty disputes/risks work; they are not accountants and so do not offer compliance services.

Sarah Mawson

Associate – Tax Investigations & Disputes.

Sarah is part of a team which has a strong history of successfully dealing, and negotiating with HMRC, and so is ideally placed to help you deal with disputes and difficult investigations. .

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!

Mike Walden

Tax Investigations Senior Manager

Mike Walden is a Tax Investigations Senior Manager at Grant Thornton. He joined Grant Thornton in August 2019 from HMRC. His current work is focused on assisting clients in dealing with Tax investigations, and disclosures, as well as assisting in resolving disputes with HMRC. Mike is based in Manchester, but assist clients across the North of England. With extensive experience working within HMRC for 7 years means Mike is well placed to assist with all HMRC enquiries both personal and corporate. Mike was a strategic sector lead within HMRC's Anti Money Laundering Supervision team, so he can also help with AMLS disputes.

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.

Mala Kapacee

Chartered Tax Adviser and Director of London Tax Network Ltd

Mala specialises in preparation of disclosures to HMRC and resolution of tax enquiries and CoP8 and 9 Investigations - across a range of situations – self-employment, property, owner managed businesses, non-UK domiciled individuals – and taxes; direct income taxes as well as PAYE, VAT and SDLT.
She is a well-known tax author, founded the London Tax Society in 2017, and lectures regularly for professional bodies including the CIOT, CIMA and (soon), the ICAEW.

Rebecca Busfield

Owner at Watt Busfield Tax Investigations

Rebecca has nearly 20 years’ experience assisting clients with difficult HMRC tax enquiries - from Code of Practice 9 (CDF) and Code of Practice 8, to compliance checks, as well as voluntary disclosures. She worked in industry as a management accountant before moving to become a tax adviser at EY.

Becky Hardy

Employer Solutions Manager, Tax Grant Thornton UK LLP

Becky Hardy is CTA-qualified, originally starting her tax career with Grant Thornton in 2006. She specialises in employment tax advisory matters including employment status, employee benefits, termination payments, National Minimum Wage, and (more recently) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Jack Prytherch

Of Counsel, Tax Disputes & Investigations at CMS

Jack Prytherch is Of Counsel in the CMS tax disputes and investigations team. He advises on all forms of (direct and indirect) contentious tax matters, from initial compliance checks/enquiries to litigation before the tax tribunals and higher courts.

Mark Taylor

Partner & Head of Tax Investigations and Dispute Resolution, Buzzacott LLP

Mark Taylor has served in all of HMRC’s elite investigation offices as a Senior Tax Inspector and accredited Financial Investigator. Mark serves on the Compliance & Investigations Committee of the ICAEW Tax Faculty and the Executive Committee of the Tax Investigation Practitioners Group (TIPG). He also represents the ICAEW and TIPG on HMRC’s Fraud Forum.

Kugan Panchalingam

Senior Manager, EY Frank Hirth

Kugan is experienced in advising non-domiciled individuals on a wide range of matters, from remittance planning to complex inheritance, trust, and estate tax issues with an international focus. Another primary focus for him is in guiding clients through HMRC disclosures and investigations, often involving complex offshore matters. He is CTA qualified and obtained a Distinction in the ‘STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients’.

Helen French

Senior Manager, EY Frank Hirth

Helen is a Senior Tax Manager at EY Frank Hirth within the Private Client Services Team, specialising in the taxation of non-UK domiciled, high net worth individuals and those individuals who have an interest in an offshore trust. Alongside Kugan she has developed an interest in assisting with clients undergoing HMRC investigations and enquiries into their personal tax affairs.