Profile – Nigel Mellor, Deloitte & Touche

Nigel Mellor has gone West. Leaving London for the charms of Bristol, Mellor joins Deloitte & Touche as Senior VAT Manager.

Formerly a senior customs officer, Mellor has ten years’ professional experience – most recently with Grant Thornton.

Inspired by press coverage of big deals, Mellor explains, ‘I wished to be in a position where I could be actively involved in similar projects. I am motivated by winning cases and successfully advising and informing clients.’ His VAT expertise, combined with an interest in politics, brought him together with the Labour party. During the last election he advised Labour on VAT issues for small businesses. ‘My recommendations became part of the party manifesto which will presently become legislation.’

In his new role he will be assisting businesses which face allegations of fraudulent activity, something he has enjoyed in the past. ‘I assisted in overturning a fraud charge brought by customs against a small-business Chinese restaurant. The duration of the case was two years.’ He will also be advising on VAT-saving opportunities and promoting the services offered by his team throughout the South-West.

‘By working within a provincial office of a large practice, I am actively involved in the marketing and development of my department.

I wish to ensure its continued growth and ensure VAT is brought to the forefront of any planning and proposal meetings with prospective clients.’

In the long-term he says, ‘I certainly wish to aspire to partner level, but my immediate concern is to develop and expand the team and services currently available.’

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