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Global Mobility

In today’s global business environment, employers find themselves managing an increasingly international workforce. But cross-border employments create compliance challenges for both the employer and the employee; there are tax, social security and payroll implications to address in multiple locations. Our global mobility team will help you navigate the complexity and focus on the underlying goal of international expansion. 

We can help you work through:

  • International assignments or secondments
  • UK employees relocating abroad
  • Foreign nationals coming to work in the UK
  • Business visitors
  • Cross-border commuters who live and work in more than one country
  • Non-resident directors
  • Foreign-based employees of UK companies, including remote workers

Assignment planning

We optimise the structure of your international employments and highlight the implications of your preferred approach, helping you plan in advance to meet your obligations. The best solution will take into account factors as diverse as tax, social security, administration, timing, duration, employment law, immigration and pensions.

Tax compliance

Internationally-mobile employees may have to file tax returns in more than one country. We ease the burden, ensure tax returns are correct, and manage the interaction between home and host country tax regimes. In these situations, there are also compliance considerations for the employer, including: payroll operation; reporting benefits and share plans; social security costs; local employment rights; the risk of creating a permanent establishment (a taxable presence of your company in a foreign country); and the transfer of employment costs between group companies (transfer pricing). Your global mobility adviser will take these issues into consideration to deliver fully joined-up advice.

Expat payroll

Payroll administration for international assignments can be challenging; differing salary packages, unfamiliar rules, disparate reporting periods and fluctuating exchange rates all take their toll. Our global mobility advisers work closely with our experienced payroll team (or yours, if you prefer) to ensure everything runs smoothly.

International social security

The social security liability for an international employment often falls in a different country to the tax liability, and the answer can vary due to a subtle change in circumstances. It’s a complex situation, and expert guidance will help you get through it.

Global mobility policy

International employment agreements should be documented to provide clarity and certainty to all parties regarding their rights and obligations. Our experienced global mobility professionals will give you pragmatic guidance.

Tax equalisation

Many employers offer to protect their employees from any additional tax burden associated with a foreign assignment. So-called ‘tax equalisation’ or ‘tax protection’ arrangements need careful implementation and management to ensure they run seamlessly throughout the assignment. 

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Partner
David Wignall

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David Wignall

Partner

David joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2018. Prior to this he had nearly 30 years working in the Big 4, the last 15 of which he was a Partner in two of the Big 4 firms. 

David specialises in advising clients in the field of Human Capital – his deep specialism is in the area of global mobility but he has also advised on employment tax issues, global share plan due diligence and human resources strategy. He has led large multinational client relationships as well as advising many non-domiciled private clients in complex tax planning arrangements. He has a broad industry knowledge working with clients in the financial services, automotive, industrial and aerospace sectors. He has both UK and US tax knowledge which is extremely useful when advising US citizens working in the UK or UK nationals leaving to work in the US.

David’s role at MHA MacIntyre Hudson is to grow and develop an already well established Human Capital Advisory offering. He has a passion for developing people to help them achieve their very best. He is still an informal mentor to several of his ex-colleagues.

In his spare time David is a sports fanatic, although advancing years and waistline now limit his playing activities to golf, snooker and darts.

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Chris Blundell

Partner

Chris has almost 30 years experience in the field of tax advice having joined what was then the Inland Revenue from Manchester University via BT. Since then in his time at both KPMG and Ernst and Young, he has worked with businesses large and small, listed and private, UK-based and international.

He has worked with companies and organisations in all sectors: large insurance companies, international technology companies and hotel and leisure companies to name a few. He heads up the Technology group in London and works with Technology companies large and small on all tax and financial matters that affect such companies at different stages of their growth cycle. He advises his clients on all manner of UK and overseas taxes that affect them and their employees through their employment of staff, both senior and junior. Issues like share incentives, the operation of PAYE, the application of National Insurance, the Construction Industry Scheme and company car fleet taxation are familiar territory for him.

Chris joined Maclntyre Hudson in 2011 from Mazars LLP where he headed up their London Employment Tax Services team. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax.

Outside work he has the cross to bear of being an avid supporter of West Ham football club. He carries this burden with characteristic equanimity and good humour.

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Gordon Thrower

Senior Tax Manager

An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.

More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.

Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.

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Peter Abbott

Expatriate Tax Manager

Peter joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in January 2019 as Expatriate Tax Manager working within the Human Capital Advisory service line.

Peter is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and has over ten years of experience working in tax, with a focus on expatriate tax and global mobility. Having worked previously at EY and Deloitte, Peter has worked with many different clients of various sizes, from private clients and small to medium businesses to large, international corporations, helping them on a range of advisory and compliance issues.

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