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Gavin West

Head of VAT and Indirect Taxes, Midlands

Main line: 01332 332 021
Direct line: 01332 374 424


I am Head of VAT & Indirect Taxes for Smith Cooper. Although based in Derby I operate across the region.

What can I do for your organisation?

The rules and regulations relating to VAT and other indirect taxes can be complex. Getting it wrong can create a significant cost to companies especially when you take into account penalties and interest charges.

From compliance reporting and in-depth process reviews to general consultancy and advice on transactions, our services can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Experience counts

With over 17 years experience I have worked on VAT & other indirect tax issues from all perspectives including HM Revenue & Customs, Managing the indirect tax function of a FTSE 100 equivalent business and 14 years working within Big 4 up to the level of Director.

Deeper knowledge

I have extensive experience of VAT partial exemption; HMRC inspections and disputes; litigation and instructing Counsel; place of supply and fixed establishment issues as well as advising on all indirect tax aspects of transactions.

During my time within the Big 4 I was responsible for indirect tax services to the leisure and gaming industry as well as offering subject matter expertise on business advisory projects within this sector.

Personally speaking

My wife tells me that I spend too much time on the golf course although I am not sure that this is even possible! My other sport is football and as a life-long Derby fan I have experienced many highs and lows over the years.

With the family growing up and becoming more self-sufficient myself and my wife are enjoying the increased opportunities to socialise and take our young terrier cross Millie on long walks through the Derbyshire countryside.