Julia May - Senior Partner
FCA, CTA, BEng (Hons)
Voted Best R&D Tax Credits Director (UK) in the Female CEO Excellence Awards 2017
Julia is a prize winning Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor (ex, Arthur Andersen Corporation Taxation specialist). She has a BEng Honours Degree in Engineering Science (specialising in Electrical, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering) and broad based industry experience working for a number of software and IT consultancy firms.
One of the UK’s leading R&D Tax Credit tax advisors, a delegate of the HMRC’s Research & Development Consultative Committee and a member of the HMRC i-File Working Party she has personally prepared and reviewed hundreds of R&D tax credit and Patent Box claims.
Specialising in handling HMRC Inquiries, she has successfully advised clients who have received queries from HMRC on issues ranging from complications over offshore shareholder structures and taxation of capitalisation of intangible assets to basics such as inadequate record-keeping.
She is able to provide clients and their accountants with pragmatic commercial advice when faced with multiple interactive issues, always prioritising the overall needs of the business holistically.
Dr Mark Graves - Senior Technical Analyst
PhD, MEng (oxon), PG Cert IP Law, MIET.
Following a first-class MEng degree in Engineering Science (specialising in electronic materials engineering) and PhD in Computer Science, Mark spent 20 years running engineering and software development projects with teams in Europe, the USA and India, in fields ranging from food manufacturing control to wireless sensor networks before moving into the R&D Tax Credit field in 2010.
He worked for two R&D Tax Credit consultancies for 5 years before joining May Figures. He has prepared over 700 technical claim reports of which over 400 are in the field of software / IT.
He is also a part-qualified patent attorney having completed a post-graduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law and qualified as a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst and has advised and written patents for many companies, including leading x-ray engineering and medical device patents.
Mark’s combination of experience in VC funding, international technology start-ups and patent valuation resulted in him being invited to write a chapter entitled Patent Portfolio Strategy Optimised for VC Investment in a recent publication by the UK Patent Office.