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Who Are We

The AVS VAT team takes pride in being proactive, thorough, approachable – and instinctively saving clients’ money! Excellent customer service is incredibly important to us. Whilst many people dread VAT issues, we love our work! Isolating and dealing with potential VAT problems is our forte. Key specialists leading client projects include…

Melanie Lord is a Chartered Tax Advisor with over 30 years VAT experience, initially working for HM Customs & Excise then moving on to head up the North East VAT practice for a Big Four firm before founding AVS in 1994.

Linda Farnham spent many years in specialist TOMS roles with Customs & Excise, including advising UK Treasury representatives at EU level regarding modifications to the TOMS legislation. After more than 30 years’ experience with Customs & Excise she now works independently as a TOMS VAT expert within the AVS VAT team.

Melanie Lord

Melanie Lord


Melanie likes: Time with her sons, walking the dog, gardening, good food – both cooking and eating, conversation and good wine with friends, and of course shoes. Melanie dislikes: Waste, injustice, bad customer service, instant coffee and pears.

AVS skills include: VAT, Support for commercial property lawyers, Understanding issues and isolating VAT implications, Indirect Taxation, Tax, VAT & Property, Precious Metals, UK VAT Agency for non-UK businesses, International Tax, Academies, Tax Advisory, Financial Reporting, Business Advisory, Tax Law and Accounting.

Tax Advisor

Linda Farnham

Linda Farnham

TOMS Expert

Linda is passionate about travelling and likes the smell of aviation fuel, freshly cut grass and the ocean. Her dislikes include leftover food on a plate, the word squally and retractable dog leads.

AVS skills include: Advice and calculations regarding TOMS VAT, with results including substantial repayments of over declared TOMS VAT. Expert advice to the travel trade on TOMS and relating VAT matters. Specialist TOMS VAT calculations.