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Matt Chester is a tax consultant in our Bristol office who joined PKF Francis Clark in May 2021.
Why did you decide to specialise in tax?
After I finished my law degree at Swansea University, I wanted to find a challenging job that utilises the problem-solving skills I had developed. Although I enjoyed my degree, I found working for a law firm wasn’t for me, so I looked at other sectors. Tax is a really nice balance of skills between analysing information, such as legislation or case law, and numerical ability. I like the mix between numerical and verbal reasoning, which keeps me on my toes.
What attracted you to PKF Francis Clark?
I started off my career in a small tax consultancy firm with fewer than 10 employees. I jumped at the chance to join a growing firm of more than 800 people because I knew there would be lots of learning opportunities for me here and that I would gain wider exposure to other areas of the business. It’s broadened my horizons and there are more opportunities for progression.
I really liked the people from the team who interviewed me, and after speaking with Damian Lannon and Stuart Rogers I realised that PKF Francis Clark has the type of clients I get excited about and want to work with.
I really like learning what companies do and where they want to go.
What do you do?
I work in the share schemes team, and a large amount of my time is spent assisting clients in establishing Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share schemes. I am also now getting involved with delivering a variety of other options, helping clients to identify the best employee incentive solution for them.
I also specialise in the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), which is a great way for smaller companies to raise funds. I really enjoy helping early-stage businesses to secure tax efficient investment, so I spend a lot of time drafting letters to HMRC detailing exactly how companies meet the criteria in order to qualify for these schemes.
I feel like I’m listened to and that my ideas are valued within the team.
What sort of clients do you work with?
We work with a variety of clients, but most of the clients I work with are small businesses. At PKF Francis Clark I really benefit from the opportunity of working with a lot of interesting start-up and early-stage companies, including tech businesses. I really like learning what the companies do and where they want to go. Helping clients at that early stage is exciting.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
It’s challenging and I learn new things every day. I feel like I’m listened to and that my ideas are valued within the team.
For me, the most satisfying thing is getting a job over the line, solving a problem for a client and them being chuffed with the end result.
And outside work?
When I’m not studying for exams, I enjoy five-a-side football, walking my dogs and martial arts. Although not the coolest hobby to brag about, I also really enjoy a good history book.
What’s your ambition?
My immediate goal is to complete my Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) exams. I’m doing the CTA tax pathway and am aiming to qualify next year.
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