Abbey Tax acquires major independent tax consultancy, Gabelle LLP

    Abbey Tax, one of the UK’s leading tax fees insurers and independent tax consultancies to accountants, has acquired Gabelle LLP, the award-winning London based specialist tax consultancy. 

    Established in 2011, Gabelle is one of the largest independent and most recognised specialist tax consultancy firms in the UK. The acquisition will see an expansion in the range of Abbey Tax’s consultancy services as it continues to support and complement the services delivered by its accountant client base. With the addition of Gabelle’s expert team, it will bring the number of Abbey Tax’s talented and highly experienced in-house tax and VAT specialists to more than sixty. 

    Christian Stobbs, Abbey Tax’s Managing Director, said: “Since its launch, Gabelle has developed a first-class reputation for tax expertise, providing highly complementary services to Abbey Tax’s work with accountants. Gabelle’s team of qualified professionals are thought-leaders in their field and in a short period the business has established an impressive portfolio of clients.  

    “Furthermore, with ever-increasing HMRC compliance activity and the legislative uncertainty around indirect taxation created by the EU referendum, the acquisition enhances Abbey Tax’s ability to stay at the forefront of tax legislation, providing authoritative expertise and support to our clients.”

    Paula Tallon, Managing Partner at Gabelle, said: “Abbey Tax is a great brand and has a fantastic reputation among accountants and professional groups. Its independence and principle of putting people and relationships at the heart of its activities, mean that it is a perfect fit with Gabelle’s own values and approach. 

    “The complementary nature of the two businesses makes Abbey Tax an ideal partner for Gabelle on its next stage of development. We look forward to working with the Abbey Tax team as we continue to build on our track record of forming long term relationships and using our collective expertise to provide tax advisory services to our clients.” 


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    About Abbey Tax
    Founded in 1996 and based in Rugby, Abbey Tax is one of the UK's leading providers of fee protection and tax and funding consultancy services to accountancy firms. The business trades under two brands, Abbey Tax Insurance Services and Abbey+, and works with over 2,000 accountancy practices and their clients across the UK.  

    Markel Corporation, a US-based holding company trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with combined assets of $25.0 billion, is the ultimate owner of Abbey Tax. 

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    About Gabelle LLP
    Gabelle is an award winning independent team of tax experts who provide comprehensive advice and planning for entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals. Working through accountants and other professional firms, Gabelle advises on a wide range of UK taxes including: Tax for Entrepreneurs and Corporates, International Tax, Private Clients, Tax Investigations, VAT and Property Tax. 

    For more information about Gabelle please refer to