People Moves: Multiple tax, accounting firms see partner, director growth

People Moves: Multiple tax, accounting firms see partner, director growth

Price Bailey, The Wilkes Partnership, Mercer & Hole, Smith & Williamson and Shoosmiths have all welcomed new high-level staff into their firms through internal and external promotions.

People Moves: Multiple tax, accounting firms see partner, director growth

Mercer & Hole promotes two to partners

The accounting firm Mercer & Hole has promoted two of its employees to partner, strengthening the firm’s various advisory services.

Jo Upshall has been promoted to audit and business advisory partner, working out of the Rickmansworth and St Albans offices to work with clients across a range of sectors, including manufacturing and construction.

Lombard Street-based Henry Lowe has moved into a private client partner position, providing advice to law firms and working with both UK and international clients.

Paul Maberly, managing partner at Mercer & Hole, said: “Nothing makes me prouder than when our home-grown talent becomes partner at Mercer & Hole. The promotion of Henry and Jo is also a reflection of our strength in cross service expertise across both individuals and business.”

These promotions bring Mercer & Hole to a total of 23 partners.

Price Bailey hires seasoned tax partner

Advisory firm Price Bailey has welcomed lawyer Chris Williamson into its Mayfair office as a tax partner.

Martin Clapson, managing partner at Price Bailey, said: “He has a range of complementary skills that will allow us to expand our offering to private clients, ensuring that we can provide holistic solutions to their needs. Chris also brings with him a strong network of contacts in Jersey, Switzerland and the Middle East.”

Formerly of TLT LLP, Williamson specialises in drafting documents for estate planning, trusts and cross-border tax.

In his new role, he will use his 13 years of experience to help develop Price Bailey’s tax expertise in international tax, inbound investment, and residence and domicile issues, among others.

Smith & Williamson welcomes non-executive director

Carla Stent has joined Smith & Williamson as a non-executive director, where she is set to chair the group audit and risk oversight committee.

She brings with her experience from her additional roles as non-executive director of Post Office Limited and chair of Marex Spectron Limited, as well as past roles with Virgin Group and Barclays.

Andrew Sykes, chairman of Smith & Williamson, said: “We are delighted that Carla has agreed to join the board of Smith & Williamson. She brings a deep and varied experience of financial services and other sectors, and we look forward to her contribution.”

Tax partner joins Shoosmiths

Anika Chandra has joined Shoosmiths law firm as a tax partner with a focus on growing the firm’s employee incentives offering.

Working out of the Shoosmiths’ London office, Chandra will help the firm’s corporate tax team with her years of experience with share plans, cash bonus arrangements, tax and employment, and other compliance considerations.

Tom Wilde, partner and head of tax at Shoosmiths, said: “Anika’s appointment as our fourth tax partner will help to drive [our] growth by supporting our expanding corporate and real estate teams, and increasing the breadth and quality of the share options and employee incentives work that comes direct from our clients.”

The Wilkes Partnership hires specialist

Birmingham-based law firm The Wilkes Partnership has hired specialist tax lawyer Philip Harrison in a consultancy deal.

Aiming to grow the Partnership’s private client and tax team, Harrison brings over three decades of experience within the field, with a focus on international clientele, capital gains and inheritance tax.

Nigel Wood, senior partner at The Wilkes Partnership, said: “Philip’s expertise continues to enhance the talent in our Private Client Team and, following the addition of other talent across the firm, take the next step on our road to growth in 2019 and beyond.”

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