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We are delighted to welcome Becky Hayes as a new Partner of Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants, bringing 20 years’ experience in VAT and other indirect taxes and with a brief which includes developing Thomas Westcott’s specialist tax advice.

Becky 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 our Exeter office, Becky will work with colleagues across Thomas Westcott’s network of offices, providing clients with specialist VAT advice.

Becky’s appointment is the latest development in Thomas Westcott’s strategic growth of our tax team and will see her heading up a dedicated VAT team to support 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.

Becky Hayes said: “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.

“I very much look forward to working with the partners and colleagues in the tax team to ensure we offer clients the very best specialist service.”

A Chartered Tax Advisor since 2013, Becky lives in Exeter with her partner and sons and is a season ticket holder for the Exeter Chiefs.