Lydia Southern

Lydia joined Independent Tax in October 2022 as a Manager, bringing with her over 8 years of experience in Tax disputes. She has worked for boutique specialised companies as well as a top 5 accountancy firm, honing her expertise in this field.

Her skill set encompasses handling challenges related to EBTs (Employee Benefit Trusts), Film Schemes, and Loan Scheme structures. Additionally, Lydia has extensive experience in managing enquiries under HMRC's Contractual Disclosure of Fraud facility (CDF) and its Worldwide Disclosure Facility (WDF). She possesses a profound understanding of complex tax enquiries and has achieved successful outcomes in First Tier Tribunal cases.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Lydia has a deep passion for outdoor activities, including cycling, kayaking, and hiking. She has set her sights on hiking Kilimanjaro in 2024, demonstrating her determination and adventurous spirit.

An interesting fact about Lydia is that prior to joining our company, she co-founded a Web3 talent and partnership agency. This venture specialised in bridging the gap between Celebrities and NFTs/Metaverse, showcasing her proficiency in the realm of crypto assets. As the first point of contact at Independent Tax for matters related to the evolving technological landscape and its tax implications, Lydia brings a unique perspective and expertise to the team.

Our People

Colin Smith

Associate Director

Colin joined Independent Tax from the Tax Disputes team of a Big 4 accountancy firm. Colin has spent 12 years working in a variety of roles at HMRC, including presenting cases at Tribunal for HMRC, investigating offshore evasion, as a Case Director in the Affluent Team and as a Senior ADR facilitator (Colin is a CEDR-accredited mediator).

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Shenal Wijetunge

R&D Director

Shenal Wijetunge is a seasoned expert in the field of Research and Development Tax Relief, possessing a decade of robust experience spanning both SME and large company schemes. His diverse sectoral experience, which includes life sciences, food and drink, chemicals, consumer products, IT, and oil and gas, has empowered him to secure successful claims for numerous companies.

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Sarina Issap

Chief of Staff

Sarina provides direct support to the CEO and directors, providing oversight and guidance for all divisions within the AMS Group. Some of Sarina’s key roles are providing deep operational support, involvement in effective decision-making, managing integral projects for the business and coordinating the execution of strategic initiatives.

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