Chris Smith Corporate Tax Consultant
Chris is a leading tax advisor with a specialism in commercial property work. He acts across the UK for serial entrepreneurs and property developer clients, advising on a range of complex tax matters.
He has major clients in the North East, Yorkshire and the South East and also advises companies based overseas.
Chris has been with Leathers for over 14 years and has wide experience in tax, which enables him to support the firm’s corporate team with matters including planning and company reorganisations.
Chris will be happy to talk with you about:
- Corporation tax
- Commercial property
- Tax advice for offshore companies
How did you come to join the Leathers team?
I joined Leathers in 2004 as part of their graduate tax training programme. My mother had worked in accountancy so I decided I’d follow in her footsteps.
What do you consider as the biggest challenge in the accountancy profession?
The transition into the Digital Age.
Do you think the future for accountancy is to be feared or embraced?
I think the accountancy profession will start to look very different as the use of digital technology increases. People will need to be prepared to adapt quickly to some big changes in order to avoid being ‘left behind’; this may be both feared and embraced.
How do you get across complex tax problems to your clients?
I try to do this in the simplest way possible (often using pictures!). I think about the points that are going to be most important to the client, and the level of detail that they will require to enable them to make decisions.
What skills from outside of accountancy do you apply to accountancy?
Multi-tasking, teamwork and time management, picked up from my days working as a chef in a busy kitchen. It’s surprising how similar the skillsets are.
What do you do when you aren’t being an accountant?
Restoring my 47 year old VW Campervan – it wasn’t meant to take this long!