Alex Newsham VAT Specialist
Alex is a leading specialist in VAT work and is known for being able to handle the most complex and contentious issues for businesses in the UK and internationally.
He advises on all VAT matters and is regularly instructed by investors and entrepreneurs. Alex has a particular specialism in property work and acts for both owners of property portfolios and developers, helping them to understand their VAT obligations and minimising irrecoverable VAT.
Alex has been with Leathers for over 14 years and regularly works alongside Leathers’ corporate team on transactions including business restructures, management buy-outs and compliance matters.
Alex will be happy to talk with you about:
- VAT for entrepreneurs and investors
- Property related VAT matters
- VAT compliance ‘health checks’
- Ongoing VAT compliance
Why do you think got you the job at Leathers?
Having enjoyed my time in Durham at university, I wanted to stay in the city and applied for a graduate role at Leathers. Whilst I hope my academic record helped secure an interview, I’m assured by my colleagues that it was my passion for my hobbies at University that helped me stand out as a good candidate.
What has been your biggest achievement at Leathers?
In a work capacity, we’ve advised on numerous incredibly complex VAT situations; one that stands out is considering VAT on commercial property purchases in a pension fund for the purposes of an HMRC VAT enquiry, which we resolved without any adjustments being required.
Personally, it was a huge achievement for me to be involved in delivering a section on VAT at our first Property Taxes seminar; public speaking is not easy for me! The fact that people wanted to listen and discuss VAT with me afterwards was a welcome surprise!
What makes you such a strong team unit?
Michael only ever accepts the best and this is something we embrace as a team. We challenge each other, but we all get on, which helps. Also, whilst we’re all relatively young, we have a depth of experience.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received or given?
Get a competent bookkeeper! Bookkeepers are on the front line, a good bookkeeper can not only make everyone’s job easier, but also can have great insight into the workings of a business.
If you hadn’t worked in finance, what might you have done?
Either a board game designer or science fiction author; both are big passions of mine outside the office.