Jeremy Leach - Director

Jeremy has over 35 years’ experience of working in the tax investigations arena, 15 years of which were spent as a former Inspector of Taxes specialising in tax investigations and status. He has since spent several years in private practice, including eight years as Tax Partner at Haines Watts.  

Jeremy has played a leading role in introducing insurance products for the Contractor Market Place. Jeremy’s wide experience of tax ensures Accountax clients receive an holistic approach.

David Harmer LL.B (Hons) - Tax Consultancy Manager

David began his career with Accountax at 18 tasked with the challenging responsibility of head tea boy(!). He spent 10 years at Accountax, completing his law degree and working his way through the ranks of tax consultant to Director, defending tax payers against HMRC challenges on all areas of contentious tax law including IR35, Self-employed status, CIS, Agency legislation etc. His victories include the well-known Sherburn Aero Club case. He is perhaps most well-known for heading up our umbrella and Managed Service Company (MSC) team where he helped clients set up and run their own umbrella company, navigate the raft of employment and tax laws and ultimately defend their position against HMRC attack.

After leaving Accountax to start up his own umbrella company where he helped to establish a successful growing business, he re-joined the world of Tax with a top 25 accountancy practice.

David returned to Accountax in 2014 where he now heads up our tax consultancy division providing seminars, training and advice nationwide on all areas of technical and contentious issues provided by Accountax.  

David Geldard - Senior Tax Consultant

David has 30 years’ experience in employment tax. This includes over 10 years within the old Inland Revenue. He left them to join a top four firm’s employment tax practice and since then has worked in Industry as well as in mid-tier firms. He specialises in employment status, including the newly introduced onshore and offshore intermediary legislation, the Construction Industry Scheme and general employer compliance issues.  

As well as providing seminars and training nationally on a wide range of technical tax issues, David also provides day to day advice and support to our umbrella company retainers.

With his many years’ experience, David has honed his skills and specialism and is proud to boast “my role is to give the client bespoke tax advice which fits their business, rather than to expect their business to have to fit the tax advice”.  

Georgina Hiles - Tax Consultant

After joining Accountax in 2002, Georgina studied law and developed her skills before making the cross-over to the tax profession in 2013. 
Georgina specialises in the legal and technical intricacies of the interaction between employment status, IR35 and agency legislation within industries targeted by HMRC. Georgina advises and defends clients against HMRC challenges including representing clients who opt to use HMRC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution process.

Rebecca Walker - Tax Consultant

Rebecca has been involved in the contractor market since 2006. Before joining Accountax as a Consultant, Rebecca managed Abbey Tax’s Contractor Section, which provides contract reviews and tax losses insurance for contractors and freelancers nationwide. As part of her role, Rebecca supported the company’s tax advisers providing industry and sector specific advice on IR35, Status and HMRC activity.

Rebecca now provides consultancy advice and HMRC representation on IR35, Status and Agency legislation and strengthens our specialist consultancy services.