Over 650 of the UK’s leading tax professionals packed the Hilton ballroom on Thursday evening to celebrate a successful year for the tax profession. Josh Bottomley, the Managing Director of organisers Lexis Nexis, began the Taxation Awards 2010 evening by delivering a positive key-note opening speech.
BLT hosted a great table, with guests from the Big 4 accountancy firms and leading commercial businesses.
As in previous years, we were proud to sponsor 2 of the awards and we offered our heartiest congratulations to all of the winners.
The award for the Best VAT team went to Ernst & Young’s health indirect tax team. The award was collected by E&Y partner and team leader Audrey Fearing. Winner in the best tax team in a large firm category went to the Mazars employment tax services team. Both of these winners are long standing clients of BLT and we are delighted to celebrate their success.
Law firm McGrigors were on the shortlist for the best VAT team award and although they were sorry not to win, the team was delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It was also great to see the public sector once again on the shortlist in the form of the Lancashire County Council VAT team.
For the first time this year there was an award for Taxation’s rising star. This was won by Caroline Villar from Legal and General and we congratulate her on her achievements so far and look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
The tax personality of the decade award went to Alison Lovejoy, the retiring editor of Tax Journal magazine. Alison is much loved by the tax fraternity and won a standing ovation from her peers.
Comedian Hugh Dennis was an excellent presenter and delivered a hilarious set that was clearly enjoyed by all. After the awards and the cabaret, the guests enjoyed celebrating in the casino and on the dance floor.
Many congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted and we look forward to celebrating another year of tax success in 2011.