Professional Services

Centurion provides independent VAT support to compliment the client offer from a range of other professional advisory firms - accountants, lawyers, architects, Project Estate Managers.

Our Engagement with Professional Services

Our professional partners need to secure expert VAT advice from a team they know and trust to support their clients. With our background in the major professional services firms, we are well versed in the standards of client service that professional firms build their reputation upon – it’s how Centurion has built its own reputation since its beginnings in 1998.

Leighton Reed - Director MHA Broomfield Alexander
Leighton Reed explains how Centurion VAT have helped MHA Broomfield Alexander

Sector VAT Issues

As the complexities and risks of VAT increase and issues arising from Brexit occur, our professional partners look to access expert VAT support which can expand their own service offer to their clients or ensure that they deliver the best support possible to their clients when VAT issues arise. Day to day VAT management – submission of VAT Returns and Registrations are areas where many accountants are comfortable to advise but when VAT gets complicated with land and property issues or challenges from HMRC – access to a fast, friendly, efficient, expert VAT team is invaluable.

How Centurion can help

We have an ever increasing range of partners who use Centurion as an Expert “port of call” when they have clients where VAT has got complicated to manage. But it’s not just accountancy firms. We support lawyers where our industry sector knowledge, allied with our VAT knowledge, is valued – Charities, Universities, Housing Associations, Local Authorities, exporters for example.

Insolvency firms and Direct Tax Specialist firms engage with us to deliver combined events on topical issues for their client markets.

It is an affirmation, we feel, of the regard in which Centurion is held that we are regularly asked to speak at accountancy events across the UK run by the ACCA, ICEAW, AAT and CIMA for their members.

From 2020 Centurion can now offer specialist support on Indirect Tax areas from Environmental Taxes including Climate Change Levy, Landfill Tax, Air Passenger Duty etc....  Mike Trotman is an experienced VAT specialist but also a leading expert in Environmental taxes.

With the importance of Environmental impact of businesses and their advisers can access specialists tax knowledge and advice on these environmental taxes.

Meet the Team

Louise Gray
Louise Gray


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Andrea Brindley
Andrea Brindley


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Liz Maher
Liz Maher


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Julie Rawlinson-Smith
Julie Rawlinson-Smith

Senior Manager

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Mike Trotman
Mike Trotman

Senior Manager

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Our five VAT team specialists have a wide range of experience for our professional services clients to draw upon to assist in answering their clients VAT queries and this combined with the area of sector specialisms within Centurion is a very powerful offering for small and medium sized firms to have on hand when their clients do experience concerns when VAT gets complicated for them.


Our Professional Services Clients

Case study

Being the VAT sounding board

What started as a simple call from a property lawyer to sense check a planned acquisition by their client resulted in Centurion's VAT advice saving that client £300.000 in irrecoverable VAT.

We always say at Centurion that there is no such thing as a "stupid" VAT question so our professional partners know that they'll not be judged by us - the important thing is that they know when to ask that question and vitally it's Centurion they call to have that discussion with.

We are a bespoke VAT services team and have real independence therefore as opposed to mixed service teams to whom advisers may have a worry on client retention should they refer questions to them.

We offer peace of mind from dealing directly with VAT experts with, individually, 30 years of experience in the tax.

Helping when the going gets tough

Sometimes the professional services firm finds out that clients trading may not be as their books were representing – such was a call where the accountant had done their very best to help but the deliberate nature of errors made by the client had resulted in an avoidance of a VAT registration for a number of years – urgent help was required to manage and disclose the situation. Whilst not a VAT technical issue as deliberate actions had been taken we have as a part of our network an experienced VAT investigation practitioner who we referred in and worked with the accountant and client to resolve the disclosure and negate the penalties to financial ones. Our help is more than just answering a technical question it’s about knowing where to turn as well.

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