Sarah Sparshott – Senior Tax Manager
I joined Mercer & Hole as a Tax Trainee straight after completing my A-levels. I had previously enjoyed work experience at the firm so when the chance to apply came up, I thought ‘why not?’ I liked the people, and it felt like a nice place to be. That was in 1992 when I made history by being the first ever Tax Trainee at the firm!
Much has changed since then: Today, I am a Senior Tax Manager based in St Albans, where I have responsibility for a mixed portfolio of business and corporate tax clients. Such a varied portfolio keeps things interesting – no two days are the same! Beyond the day to day compliance work, I also get very involved in tax advisory work and tax planning for small owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals. I find it really rewarding when we are able to help clients that have fallen behind with their tax affairs or have enquiries from HMRC. It’s very satisfying to achieve a good outcome for them and they are usually particularly grateful for my advice! Overall, I enjoy taking ownership of my work and like the fact that managers at Mercer & Hole are given the opportunity to really ‘manage’ their own work.
During my time here, I have worked at each of the firm’s offices, including spending ten years in Milton Keynes. It was a very small office in those days - if you made tea, you made it for the whole office! Although that might not happen now, the firm is still small enough to have retained a ‘personal touch’ – we do all know each other and I never feel as though I’m just a number – testament to this is the number of people I have seen leave and come back.
I have a brilliant working relationship with the partners – we know each other very well, which works and feels very comfortable. Loyalty is rewarded. During the time I have worked here, I have gone through many lifestyle changes, including marriage and two children. My working hours have reduced over the years to accommodate these changes and I am grateful to the firm for providing the flexibility to achieve the right work / life balance.
Overall, I think Mercer & Hole is a friendly, approachable firm with a wealth of experience to share!