Abbey Tax Appoints New Managing Director

    Abbey Tax, one of the UK’s leading Tax Fees Insurance providers and Independent Tax Consultancies to accountants has appointed Christian Stobbs as Managing Director to oversee the next stage of the business’s exciting development.

    Stobbs, an Oxford graduate, joins from Abbey Tax’s parent company Markel International, which he joined in 2015 having previously worked for The Boston Consultancy Group. He brings his considerable talents to fulfil Abbey Tax’s ambition to be the accountancy profession’s partner of choice in respect of insurance and specialist tax services.

    Announcing the appointment, Colin Davison, Abbey Tax CEO said: “I have really admired Christian’s approach to business with Markel and he has made a significant impact there in a short space of time.  I am, therefore, absolutely delighted that Christian is joining us at a very exciting stage in our growth. With the strength and support of our A-rated parent company, Markel, we have a considerable appetite and ambition to expand, both organically and inorganically, particularly in respect of the specialist tax services portfolio we provide to accountants.

    Christian’s experience of the market will also bring an added dimension to our services, as we look forward to launching our new insurance policy in January. This will lead the Tax Fees Insurance market, giving our accountants a choice in terms of the areas of cover that they require.  In support of this, we will continue to consult with HMRC on its Making Tax Digital agenda and ensure Abbey Tax is at the forefront of required insurance policy changes.”

    Christian Stobbs said upon his appointment: “Since joining Markel in 2015, I have been greatly impressed by the strength and reputation of Abbey Tax. Under the leadership of Colin Davison and Liz Grace, Abbey Tax has cultivated a formidable reputation for excellence in tax insurance and consultancy. Now part of the wider Markel group in the UK, Abbey Tax is uniquely positioned to further establish and expand its services for our clients. With the launch of our new policy in 2017, the development of our online client portal and the growth trajectory of Abbey+, we are well placed to maintain our position as a specialist in our sector. I greatly look forward to working with Colin and Liz on the next stage of Abbey Tax’s development.” 


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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 works with over 2000 accountancy practices and their clients across the UK. 

    Abbey Tax is a division of Markel Corporation, a Fortune 500 global company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (MKL). Founded in 1930, Markel is an A-rated holding company for insurance, reinsurance, and investment operations around the world. 

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