DSW expands team with hire

Dow Schofield Watts has named Jacki Wells as a partner. Prior to joining DSW, Wells worked at Ernst & Young.


Dow Schofield Watts (“DSW”), the leading specialist professional advisory firm and equity finance firm, has expanded its VAT Services business with the appointment of Jacki Wells, as a partner who will be based in the Yorkshire & North East office.

Jacki joins DSW from Ernst & Young, where she headed up their Leeds Indirect Tax practice. Jacki has 25 years’ experience in advising clients from large corporates and owner managed businesses to investment funds and high net worth individuals. Prior to this she spent several years working for HM Revenue & Customs in Hull.

Jacki is the latest specialist to join the firm, which also has expanding teams providing corporate finance, due diligence, forensic accounting and business recovery services.

Keith Miller, founding partner of the VAT Services business said “We are delighted with Jacki’s appointment which reinforces our commitment to a high quality, distinctive partner-led offering. Jacki’s considerable experience in a wide variety of industry sectors combined with her knowledge of the VAT issues arising from corporate finance transactions will be extremely valuable to our clients.”

Commenting on Jacki’s arrival, Roger Esler who leads the DSW office in Yorkshire & the North East said; “Jacki’s appointment demonstrates our ambition and ongoing investment in the region. Her many years of experience will greatly complement our team as we continue to deliver on our reputation for providing specialist advisory services.”

Jacki Wells said “I’m very excited to have joined the DSW team. I’ve known Keith for over 10 years and know we will work well together to provide valuable input for our clients on a day to day basis and for their plans for the future.”

Dow Schofield Watts VAT Services LLP delivers VAT advice across all business sectors, with specific expertise in relation to M&A VAT, Private Equity, Luxury Assets and providing VAT services to SMEs and OMBs. Our partner-led service helps businesses review and improve their VAT process and control environment and has a wealth of experience helping businesses liaise and negotiate with HMRC in relation to VAT enquiries and inspections.

Established in 2002, the corporate finance arm of Dow Schofield Watts has advised on 150 deals with a combined value of over £2.98 billion and has built an experienced team of 16 senior corporate finance professionals.
Dow Schofield Watts with offices in the North West and North East of England, has a talented team of 41 professionals who provide a broad range of professional services, including corporate finance, transaction services, business recovery, management and strategy, VAT advisory, and forensic services.

PHD Equity Partners LLP is the fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group. PHD invests in smaller established growing UK businesses with typical enterprise values of up to £10million, providing equity cheques of between £1million and £4million. PHD’s latest Fund is backed by high net worth individuals and invests into profitable, cash generative companies with strong management teams and established market positions.