SCOTTISH FIRM Johnston Carmichael has appointed banking expert Susie Walker as its head of tax, little over a year after she joined as a director in 2012.
Walker boasts some 20 years' experience of heading up group tax functions of several major banks.
After spending eight years with KPMG, she joined the Bank of Scotland in 1991 and went on to be the head of its tax function. Following its merger with the Halifax, she became head of group tax for HBOS in 2005 and was appointed group tax director for Lloyds Banking Group following the merger of LTSB and HBOS in January 2009.
Since joining Johnston Carmichael, Walker has been responsible for opening up direct engagement with the HMRC Patent Box team to make the legislation operational for smaller companies throughout the UK.
She recently completed a significant tax leadership project for a major bank and continues to advise clients on HMRC policy, banking, governance and risk issues. In her new partner role she will focus on driving more growth across the firm, leading its considerable tax operation expertise.
Commenting on the appointment, Johnston Carmichael chief executive Sandy Manson said: "Susie joined us with a high degree of banking sector experience and has proven to be a real asset to the firm.
"Since arriving at Johnston Carmichael she's made a huge impact on our business, especially in helping SME clients understand various aspects of HMRC legislation. In her new head of tax role Susie will be responsible for enhancing the high level of talent and expertise across our tax business to further benefit our clients."
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