Neil Owen

Neil Owen is an independent consultant and speaker, and managing director of VAT Advisory Services Limited.

He has worked exclusively in VAT for over thirty-five years, initially working for Customs & Excise and entering professional practice in 1990. He is a Fellow of the CIOT and of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, and was for ten years the National Secretary of the VAT Practitioners Group. He is a former editor of the book, CCH VAT Planning, and of the CIOT journal, Tax Adviser. Neil is an experienced and enthusiastic lecturer, with the unusual reputation for making VAT interesting.

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2020 Courses Brochure

2020 brochureClick here for a pdf version of the 2020 brochure which covers all three societies.

The hard copy brochure was mailed to all ICAEW members in the South Eastern, Southern and Thames Valley society areas.  If you are not on the ICAEW list and would like to receive a copy please email or phone 01737 223999.

Full details of all our courses are available on this site.


Download a booking spreadsheet

Clients booking course places may wish to download the booking spreadsheet and email it to

 Programme spreadsheet (Excel)
Clients with larger bookings may prefer to use this




Find out about the SESCA Flexiticket

The more you buy the cheaper they get

The Flexiticket offers one of the best value for money CPD discount schemes. Tickets are totally transferable and may be used by any number of individuals from different organisations, allowing smaller groups and sole practitioners and members in business to club together. Tickets are valid for up to 13 months, as they expire 12 months from the last day of the month in which they are paid for.


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2020 Conferences and Seminars

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Set out below are the dates and venues of our 2020 residential conferences and seminars. If you have any questions regarding these events please phone 01737 223999 and speak to Amelia.


SESCA Annual Insolvency Conference

3rd - 4th September. Join Malcolm Niekirk and Philip Ridgway for live online sessions using Zoom: 10:00-11:30 3rd and 4th September respectively. More details to follow soon.

Topical Issues in Insolvency Seminar

22nd October. We are currently working on an online alternative, please bear with us whilst this is arranged.

Audit, Accounting and Taxation Update at Goodwood 

Cancelled for 2020, returning Thursday 25th November 2021.