People & Appointments

Firm appoints former PwC director to head up VAT team

Written by Peter Davison on .


Financial experts Old Mill have appointed Len Dean as senior VAT adviser.

Len – who led the indirect tax practice at PwC Scotland for six years – started his tax career in 2003 and trained as a VAT Inspector with HM Customs & Excise, carrying out VAT inspections across much of the North Somerset, Bristol and Bath area.

In 2005, Len joined PwC as part of the Wales & West VAT team based in the firm’s Bristol office, and worked his way up to Senior VAT Manager. Then, in 2014, Len was asked to lead the firm’s Scottish VAT team, so he and his family relocated, enabling him to work across PwC’s Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices. A year later, he was promoted to Director.

Then, early this year, the role at Melksham-based Old Mill came up giving Len the chance to relocate back to his roots and join an exciting, growing firm with values aligned to his own, as he explains:

“I was looking to relocate back home to the South West and I wanted a change of scene from the Big Four, so was keen to join a smaller business that was more in tune with the regional market.

“But it also needed to be a forward-thinking firm that was embracing technology, with a strong brand, excellent reputation and top-quality people providing outstanding client service.

“I know that seems like a lot to ask for, but that is exactly what I have found in Old Mill, so for me, it was a simple decision to come on board.”

Having worked in regional markets for his whole career, Len has broad experience across all areas of VAT with particular expertise in deals and M&A, property, and interactions with HMRC, and brings a user-friendly approach to VAT advice.

Len added: “I am looking forward to working with many of the superb clients Old Mill already has and adding more, helping them cut through the complexity of VAT and get the best out of their VAT position so they can focus on and achieve their business objectives.”

David Maslen, head of tax at Old Mill said: “With so many new challenges as a result of Brexit, VAT advice has become more important than ever, and Len’s appointment is part of our strategic plan to provide the very best VAT advice to our clients.

“He is one of the best in the business; his expertise and knowledge will be a huge asset, significantly enhancing the specialist advice we offer our clients, plus, having started his career in the West Country, he is already well-connected in the local area."