Tax Investigation Specialists

WLHTax - Meet the team

Warren Hyams

Warren Hyams, WLHTax

Warren has 18 years' experience in the tax investigations field. Warren started his career at KPMG within their Tax Disputes department where he worked for 6 years advising high net worth individuals and large corporates whose affairs were under investigation. Warren then joined Chiltern Plc where he spent 5 years within their Tax Investigations department before setting up WLH Tax in 2008. Warren's aim when establishing WLH Tax was to provide taxpayers who were seeking expert tax investigation advice with a viable, credible and cost effective alternative to the large accountancy firms.

Warren specialises in advising clients who are under serious tax fraud investigations (Code of Practice 9). Such enquiries are dealt with by HMRC's Specialist Investigations Teams and Warren has extensive experience of dealing with Tax Inspectors within these teams. Warren also specialises in enquires where there are offshore interests, such as trusts, bank or investment accounts and advising clients who are either non-UK domiciled or non-UK resident.

In recent years Warren has acted for a number of FCA regulated individuals, property developers & buy-to-let investors, IT professionals, Umbrella companies, senior corporate executives as well as a variety of owner managed businesses who have found themselves subject to an HMRC investigation.

Warren has also assisted a number of clients who have been under investigation by HMRC's Criminal Taxes Unit and has an enviable record whereby none of his clients have ever been prosecuted.

Warren has guided clients through HMRC's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process when faced with an intransigent Tax Inspector.

Warren has also assisted a large number of clients in making voluntary disclosures to HMRC, utilising the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility where there are offshore interests.

Warren is regularly quoted in the press and has been interviewed on radio & TV in relation to Tax Investigations matters and is regarded as a leading authority on Tax Investigation issues. Warren was also named in the Tax Journal as being within the top 40 leading tax professional in the UK.

Warren & Manoj have ensured that the ethos of WLH Tax is that all clients, regardless of size or wealth, receive the highest levels of professional representation, courtesy and value for money.

Warren can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 (0)207 491 9690
Mob: +44 (0)7956 581 351
@:warren.hyams@wlhtax.co.uk

Manoj Anand

Manoj Anand, WLHTax

Manoj has more than 25 years' experience in HMRC investigation work. This ranges from local compliance cases to Specialist Investigation enquiries conducted under Codes of Practice 8 and 9. Manoj worked at HMRC for 13 years, with ten years as an Inspector of Taxes, undertaking the entire range of enquiry work, including time spent as a PAYE inspector. He then spent 6 years with Chiltern Plc as a Senior Manager, working in their specialist investigation team and a further 18 months with Tenon.

Manoj handled numerous cases following HMRC's investigation of the catering industry. He dealt with a number of disclosures on behalf of chefs, catering companies and restaurant businesses. Manoj has also acted for a number of medical professionals and dentists.

In more recent years, Manoj has assisted numerous clients within the IT, Property, Construction and Professional Service sectors. Many with substantial liabilities, which he was able to mitigate significantly by putting forward innovative arguments to HMRC.

Manoj has also assisted a number of clients who have been accused of VAT Fraud and faced investigations under HMRC's Public Notice 160 (PN 160).

Manoj has also assisted many clients with offshore assets in making managed disclosures to HMRC under the terms of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility.

Manoj has guided clients through HMRC's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process and is a skilled and experienced advocate and has defended a number of clients successfully at the Tax Tribunal where it has not been possible to reach an agreement with the Tax Inspector.

Manoj regularly speaks at conferences and tax/accountancy seminars on a whole variety of tax investigation matters and is regarded as a leading authority on HMRC investigations.

Manoj can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7491 9696
Mob: +44 (0)7940 872 113
@:manoj.anand@wlhtax.co.uk

ALAN ARENSTEIN

Alan Arenstein, WLHTax

Alan joined HMRC in 1988 and became a fully trained Tax Inspector carrying out investigations into individuals and a variety of businesses as well as undertaking reviews of technically complex areas of UK tax law as part of this role.

After leaving HMRC, Alan spent several years as part of the specialist tax investigations teams at both PwC and Deloitte. During his time with these firms Alan dealt with a full range of investigation work, both for clients of the firm and external cases. As a result, Alan has experience in cases ranging from advising smaller firms of accountants dealing with tax investigations carried out by HMRC to serious tax fraud investigations carried out by HMRC under Code of Practice 9 and tax avoidance cases dealt with under Code of Practice 8.

While working with WLH Tax, Alan has dealt with a number of cases in the retail, food, fashion, arts, entertainment & media sectors. Alan has also represented a number of clients who have made managed voluntary disclosures to HMRC.

Alan is WLH's tax avoidance specialist and has advised many clients seeking an independent opinion on tax avoidance schemes. Alan also advises clients who find themselves subject to an Investigation into avoidance schemes they have implemented.

Alan is a skilled advocate and has represented many clients successfully at the Tax Tribunal where it has not been possible to reach a negotiated settlement with HMRC.

Alan can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7491 9703
Mob: +44 (0)7969 545 706
@: alan.arenstein@wlhtax.co.uk

TREVOR JAMES

Alan Arenstein, WLHTax

Trevor has over 35 years' experience within the Tax Investigations field. Trevor spent 26 years at HMRC, with the last 5 years there at Specialist Investigations where he conducted investigations into tax avoidance and serious tax fraud cases under Codes of Practice 8 and 9.

After leaving HMRC, Trevor spent 2 years with Mazars LLP as their inaugural National Director of Tax Investigations, before joining a large catering and leisure company who were subject to a very large Code of Practice 9 enquiry.

More recently, Trevor acted as a consultant to a tax practice in Yorkshire where he acted for a number of clients who were subject to Code of Practice 9 and local compliance office enquiries.

Trevor has experience of working with high net worth individuals, family owned companies, Doctors and other medical professionals and high profile / celebrity clients across a number of different business sectors and is acutely conscious of the effect that a tax investigation can have on a client.

Trevor can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 9090
Mob: +44 (0)7922 457 395
@: trevor.james@wlhtax.co.uk

Jessica Maude

Jessica Maude, WLHTax

Jess has over 10 years' experience in the tax investigations field. Jess started her career at BDO within their Tax Investigations department where she worked for 4 years advising a wide array of clients whose affairs were under enquiry. Jess then joined Tenon where she spent 3 years within their Tax Investigations department working with Manoj.

Jess specialises in advising clients who are under local compliance enquiry and serious tax fraud investigations. Jess also specialises in offshore investigations and making voluntary disclosures to HMRC.

In recent years Jess has acted for a number of owner managed businesses and sole traders who have found themselves subject to a tax investigation.

Jess can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7491 9703
@:jessica.maude@wlhtax.co.uk