Case Studies

James Daniels - Property Taxation Consultant

Company Name: E3 Consulting

Location: Southampton

 E3 - James Daniels      James studied Law at University of Southampton, graduating in 2008 with a 2:1 (Hons) degree and is a member of the Association of Tax Technicians.
 What does law have to do with taxation?

Quite a bit, as tax is all based on legislation and case law precedent. One of my first tasks at E3 Consulting was to research all of the case law covering Capital Allowances, ending up with a file of 200 or so cases dating back as far as 1874!
Law is central to my job as Capital Allowances is derived from the Capital Allowances Act 2001 - a weighty tome that regularly finds itself on my desk. A Law degree has been an advantage in being able to understand the role of property in the triad of property taxation (property, finance and law) more quickly than others.
So why did you choose E3?

Firstly, E3 Consulting was interested in the right competencies and not a specific degree, and offered the chance to become a professional in a field that sounded quite interesting. (Seriously?) Yes! My Law background encouraged me to choose E3 as I possessed key competencies that they were seeking, such as a logical mind and attention to detail. I have since completed my professional exams to become a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and now looking to take my next exams to become Chartered Taxation Adviser (CTA) status.
Secondly, I liked the idea of working in a smaller team. I thought this would be a better place to learn about the business world than a major national corporation. Here, I have a multitude of opportunities to take on projects and gain greater responsibility and learn from working closely with experts. I also thrive on variety, and at E3 I am exposed to many different commercial tasks day in day out!
Another reason I applied was the job being based on the south coast. Having enjoyed living here for three years, the opportunity to stay and work in the area was a definite plus. However, my job means I am often travelling to London and all over the UK for property surveys, business networking or client meetings. No day is the same and it is important to be able to juggle responsibilities early on.
What are the people like?

It’s great to work in an open plan office with such a mixture of people and I am able to work with both experienced professionals and young graduates like myself.
Working directly alongside such professionals has definitely accelerated my development. Being alongside people such as Alun and Paul, who have both worked for Big 4 accountancy firms and surveying practices, means I haven’t just learned the technical side of the job, but how to deliver a good all round service to clients and be a positive ambassador for the company.
Did you have any doubts about joining a SME like E3?

I was initially concerned that I would not have the same opportunities for professional development and qualifications that I would at a major firm. However I have been able given the responsibility to manage my own projects, rather than be managed doing projects, whilst studying for a professional qualification and developing my commercial understanding of the business, as well as marketing, sales, IT, recruitment and the website.



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