"Life at Lloyd Dowson is always varied, challenging, exciting and rewarding and encourages you to become the best that you can be."
Phil Thompson's Career Journey
I started my career in tax in the personal tax department at one of the 'big four' where I trained, became part qualified and steadily progressed for 10 years before becoming disillusioned with the lack of client exposure, mundane work and lack of responsibility before making a move to another firm.
I was only there for one year as yet again the lack of opportunity was very similar to what I had encountered previously so it was an easy decision to make the move to Lloyd Dowson when the opportunity presented itself.
From the first day of my career at Lloyd Dowson things could not have been more different. It was made clear to me from the start that I would be dealing with all aspects of tax, with the freedom to learn, develop my knowledge and skills and to implement my ideas with the full support and encouragement of the Board of Directors and my Head of Tax.
The exposure to the variety of work at Lloyd Dowson was undoubtedly a huge factor in me passing my Chartered Tax Advisor exams and becoming full qualified.
Through hard work and support from the Board of Directors, I am now the Head of Tax at Lloyd Dowson and look after and help train a team of 10 tax professionals. I am responsible for all aspects of tax compliance and our advisory services and love the different challenges that present themselves on a daily basis.
"It is great working with a vibrant team in a forward thinking firm."
Charlotte Prescott describes life at Lloyd Dowson
"It is great working with a vibrant team in a forward thinking firm. Lloyd Dowson provide regular social and teambuilding events to bring us all together and allow us to get to know each other better. Having grown up in the local area, it is great to be able to work for a firm that is so actively involved in the local community; supporting and promoting local businesses as well as fundraising and supporting local charities."
Charlotte previously worked for a Big 4 firm in Assurance, she decided to move to Lloyd Dowson in order to further the variety in her day to day work as well as to work with the types of clients that she had previously enjoyed working with – local owner managed businesses. Whilst she continues to perform audits, she has also got involved with preparing year end accounts, tax computations, VAT returns and business plans which has been possible through the support that Lloyd Dowson has given her.
Charlotte describes her future plans: "Currently I am working towards gaining my Practising Certificate and Audit Qualification with the view of becoming an Audit RI for the practice in the future as well as becoming a senior member of the team, gaining more experience and further supporting the junior members of the team."