“Given the fledgling nature of our team and your successful history in the tax profession, the opportunity to have you as an independent sounding board to the senior management team was a very attractive proposition. You have succeeded in this regard. Through careful listening to our objectives and concerns for the team you have challenged assumptions whilst remaining pragmatic. Your considered approach and valuable experience have aided team direction, bringing an additional layer of confidence to strategic decisions, whilst motivating the team to deliver its wider aspirations.”
"It has been a very informative and thought-provoking process and for me particularly, a safe space to express and formulate my thoughts."
"The Group's tax affairs have been managed well under Justin's leadership. He is organised and has successfully led an effective team. He was our Head of Tax when we successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015 and when we launched JLEN in 2014 and understands how businesses should organise their tax affairs ahead of significant corporate transactions. We would recommend Justin to businesses that are looking for an accomplished tax leader to complement their leadership team."
"I have known Justin for over 6 years and have seen him adapt to and work in many different situations at John Laing through that time. Justin has a broad range of tax expertise and is used to working closely with colleagues from across the business, managing outside advisors and maintaining effective relationships with tax authorities. He has a commercial outlook which ensures that his management of tax issues is aligned with the needs of the business and his engaging style ensures he has a positive impact on the teams he leads and works with. I would recommend Justin's services to anyone looking for senior tax support confident in the knowledge that his tax experience, adaptable approach and working style will ensure he exceeds expectations and delivers value to the businesses he works with."
“I would strongly recommend Justin. I worked with Justin and his team for over 5 years in his former role as Head of Tax for John Laing plc. During that time, I found him to be professional, insightful, commercial, knowledgeable on complex domestic and international tax matters, credible and enjoyable to deal with"
“I have known Justin for more than 20 years and he has been a client of mine for eight years. I like the way that Justin works with his advisors - he treats them as service providers not as suppliers of products and therefore tends to buy on a relationship basis. This means he gets the service he wants, advice that is fit for purpose and he pays the right price. In my experience, he effectively handles a complex mix of international and domestic advisory and tax compliance and reporting whilst ensuring that stakeholders are kept up to speed on key matters. Justin also leads effective teams. I would recommend Justin to businesses looking for senior level tax support confident in the knowledge that his personal approach would bring positive results for them."
"I have known Justin for over 4 years now having worked with him on a number of programmes and projects at a client of Change-Gear's, John Laing. At the time Justin was Head of Tax where I know that he was exceptionally well regarded by his colleagues and the Board. I personally always found Justin to be both knowledgeable and engaging, always giving over and above to get the job done. I am sure future clients will really enjoy working with him and I would have no hesitation in recommending Justin to anyone considering using his business."
“I saw the action plan and was really excited about where this is heading”
“It seems like a big step, but the business is ready for it and so am I, so I am really excited”
“This is exactly what I need – someone to help me keep on top of things and achieve my goals for my business”
"Thank you for the session and for sending the action plan. We found it extremely useful and thought provoking."
“Thank you for helping me with HMRC. I was really worried about where this was going but you’ve got me to a great position.”
“It is comforting to speak with a tax person that presents difficult tax issues in everyday language and works to get to the best answer commercially.”
“I thought you would be interested to see the attached from HMRC confirming the closure of the … enquiry. The potential cash tax exposure after using losses was … so this is a great (and the correct) result! Thanks for your help over the years.”
“Your advice was appropriate and what we followed in the end on our transaction.”
"Justin has supported our company on a number of buy-side bid transactions to supplement our own financial advisory/modelling capabilities. His advice was very helpful and picked up on the big issues rather than box ticking routine tax matters. He was able to articulate sometimes complex tax matters in a simple, easy to understand way and communicate to us and the ultimate client in purposeful way. Importantly PLS was easy to work with and to date we have a 100% record of success with our client so hopefully will work with PLS on many future transactions."
"Justin is a trusted advisor to me on all matters relating to tax team development. Whilst at Next I've used his skills to coach a senior member of my team and for specific and targeted development. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this approach and to use Justin's wide- ranging knowledge again."