Case Studies

Study 1 - The Consultant:


Hamish, a change management consultant from South Africa, was offered a lucrative 12 month assignment in Paris working for a consulting company. Neither the recruitment agency based in London, nor the consulting company’s local office was willing to organise a work visa for him and his family. Luckily, he contacted and we passed his case on to our local partner in France. A full French Work Permit was soon in place that would cover him for his 12 month contract and give him the opportunity to work for other end clients after that assignment had finished. Even better, due to our local partners understanding of dual taxation laws and the special regulations for expatriate workers, he was earning more money than he expected.

Study 2 - Consultant Requiring a Tax Minimisation Structure.


Richard, a java programmer from Edinburgh was offered a 12 month contract working in Marseilles on 75 Euro per hour. Richard knew a little about contracting outside the UK, he had read the forums and spoken to other contractors that mentioned payment structures that he could use in France and his recruitment company had referred him to another such structure. However, wanting to review all of his options he found and we were able to provide him with a variety of quotes based on his individual circumstances and together we selected the structure that best suited his profile.


Study 3 - The Recruiter:


London based recruitment consultant Simon Shaw had located the perfect candidate for his client, the Paris office of a German investment bank. However the candidate was a Malaysian citizen working in the UK. His clients’ only solution for a work permit was to hire and payroll the candidate directly. This would have exposed the candidate to the highest rate of tax through the PAYE system and unnecessarily increased the clients’ headcount. This meant the candidate was reluctant to take the role and left the client in a less than ideal situation. If only there was another solution! A colleague referred Simon to and our local partner was able to step into the breach. By offering a conduit between agency, end client and contractor all parties needs were met and the project was able to proceed without incident.

Study 4 - The Employer:


Jane Wiles, the sales representative for a fledgling Australian management consultancy had won a project to assist a Marseilles private healthcare organisation through a systems upgrade. She needed to urgently bring 14 of the staff from Australia over to support the project. Given France’s strict immigration and business practice laws it was essential that all correct procedures were followed. Her recently established office had not yet engaged proper legal, accounting and human resources functions which made it difficult to ensure that everything was fully compliant with local regulations. Our local partner was able to assist her by taking on the staff as a 3rd party PEO, providing all specialist tax and immigration advice. Not only did it solve her problem, it was easy to migrate the staff back to her company when they had their internal functions in place. Please note these studies are used for information purposes only and any resemblance to persons real or imagined is purely incidental.