There are not many VAT specialists around with Brian's pedigree.

  • 25% Rail Enthusiast
  • 20% Church Board Member
  • 25% Music Lover
  • 20% Board Gamer
  • 3.142% Pie lover
  • 6.858% Pedant


  • Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
  • 7 years experience with KPMG
  • 15 years experience with a large independent South Yorkshire firm
  • VAT specialist
  • Significant experience of tax planning and dealing with HMRC enquiries and VAT reviews

I joined Shorts after many years working in tax at both national and regional firms, and I am both a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

I work extensively in the corporate owner managed business sector, covering transactional taxes, property taxes including Stamp Duty Land Tax and VAT, and all areas of business tax planning. I have considerable experience in maximising tax efficiency by reviewing business structures and planning corporate reorganisations.

As an experienced VAT expert, I head the VAT advisory team. My understanding of risk areas for businesses enables me to cover all aspects, from common areas of mistake to complex issues such as international and commercial property transactions where the VAT at stake can be substantial. I see one of my key strengths as being able to make sense of complex tax legislation.


Brian’s areas of specialism;

Business Taxes VAT

An award winning team

View the entire team

COVID-19In line with the most recent Government announcements, both of our offices still remain closed to clients and all but a few essential members of our team. Over the coming weeks, our phased transition will see members of our team returning to the office, where we have made a number of changes to ensure a safe working environment. All of our team can still be contacted by clients, whether working from home or in the office. If you would like to speak to one of them, please contact them via their direct email or mobile number. Calls to our office reception numbers will be answered, and a message passed on, for your call to be returned.