Shadid Miah tells BQ about his business, DPP Business Tax, and how he's not yet given up his childhood dream of being a restauranteur like his father.
What is it the company does?
We are an established law firm since 1984. We have offices in London, Liverpool and Birmingham. We act for clients in relation to a number of different corporate legal issues including tax assessment appeals to the tax tribunal, business, tax and money laundering investigations (acting for clients accused of fraudulent activity be it criminal or civil), and director disqualifications.
Describe your role in no more than 100 words
I am director of business and tax investigations. I have acted for numerous clients facing investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and Crown Prosecution Service. My business investigation cases involve a significant level of international dimension in countries such as Italy, China, UAE, Spain and Italy.
I also act in respect of confiscation proceedings, which are financial investigations designed to recover the proceeds of criminal fraudulent activity.
My role also includes marketing the firm to potential clients and contacts. My clients emanate from the financial services industry, mobile phones and wholesalers.
Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?
2001 – Worked as a paralegal at Grove Tompkins Bosworth
2006 – Qualified as a solicitor in 2006
2006 – Worked for Dass Solicitors as a solicitor in their civil fraud department
2007 – Recruited as partner of DPP Law.
What do you believe makes a great leader?
Conviction, hard-working ethic and a willingness to be adaptable.
What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?
We have over the years had to change the focus of the business to satisfy the increasing requirements of our clients and the issues they face by creating a wider range of related services such tax services, civil fraud and director disqualification.
How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?
I regularly undertake Sufi meditation otherwise known as “Muraqabah”.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A restaurateur like my father. I still have such aspirations!
Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about them?
Messy desks. I put in an “Anti Messy Desk Policy”.
Where do you see the company in five years’ time?
In the next five years, I would like to see us recruiting further directors to the board who are known for their excellence in our field of expertise and share our ethos, to increase our reputation as a niche firm specialising in tax and business investigations.
What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?
I have three key pieces of advice I would give:
What do you wish someone had told you when you started out?
Pace yourself, it is not a sprint and learn to delegate and trust your team.
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