People moves: RSM, Capitalise, CW Energy and more…

People moves: RSM, Capitalise, CW Energy and more…

In this week’s people moves round-up, RSM expands its corporate tax offering, Capitalise appoint a new CRO, and firms announce new partners and associates.

People moves: RSM, Capitalise, CW Energy and more…

RSM expands national capital allowance and corporate tax offering

RSM has made two new senior appointments to its national capital allowances and corporate tax offering.

Paul Smith has joined RSM’s capital allowance team as a director, and comes from KPMG to head up RSM’s capital allowance advisory team in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He brings with him over 20 years of experience across tax and quantity surveying disciplines.

Peter Graham, RSM’s head of capital allowances, said: “Our capital allowances practice continues to grow, and it’s great to have Paul on board. Our team is now 14-strong up from just four in 2017 – more than tripling in two years. The rapid growth reflects both our capability and the consequent increased demand of clients wishing to draw on our expertise.”

Will Simpson has also joined the firm from KPMG as an associate director in RSM’s corporate tax team. At KPMG he acted for a variety of middle market Scottish, UK and international clients on corporate tax matters. He also specialises within the creative sector working with charities, universities, video games developers, theatres and museums to secure valuable cash reliefs.

CW Energy announces new partner

CW Energy, the Ince Group’s tax consultancy business, has announced the appointment of Andrew Lister as a new tax partner.

Lister has been advising on UK oil taxation for over 20 years, and formally led the oil tax practice at KPMG where he was a partner. He brings with him experience in advising clients on corporate tax in the upstream and wider energy sector, as well as experience in advising on M&A, financing and structuring projects.

Speaking on the recent appointment, Lister said: “I am very pleased to be joining CW Energy at this exciting time for the practice and the oil industry.  There remains a lot of activity in the basin and I am looking forward to providing clear and pragmatic advice to my clients.”

Phil Greatrex, partner at CW Energy, said: “The appointment of Andrew as a partner signals CW Energy’s commitment to the sector and our confidence that clients in the upstream and wider energy sector will continue to need specialist and experienced advisors to help them. Andrew’s hire is testament to the ever-expanding experience and level of service that we can deliver for our clients.”

Adrian Biles, Chief Executive Officer of The Ince Group plc, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to attract someone of Andrew’s calibre who will be an important additional asset in developing this specialist tax consultancy service of the Ince Group.”

Sackers expands team with two new associates

Sackers & Partners, a UK law firm that specialises in pensions and retirement savings, has announced the hiring of Joseph Wood and Caroline Marshall as associates.

Their arrival is part of the firm’s planned expansion programme and increases the number of lawyers at Sackers to 61, ten of which have joined since the start of 2018.

Ian Pittaway, Senior Partner at Sackers, said: “It is vital that we invest in the recruitment of talent to ensure that we continue to deliver the very best service to new and existing clients. Joseph and Caroline add valuable resource and we are delighted to welcome them to Sackers.”

Collyer Birstow announces new partner hire

Private wealth firm Collyer Birstow has appointed Tulin Hamit as a partner in the tax and estate planning team. Hamit is dual-qualified in the UK and Turkey and joins the firm from RadcliffesLeBrasseur, and she was recognised this year by Legal 500 as a ‘rising star’.

Hamit is known for her experience in advising high net worth individuals in international tax and estate planning matters, particularly as a leading advisor to Turkish clients in London.

Tulin Hamit, Partner at Collyer Bristow, said: “Collyer Bristow’s Private Wealth group has a well-earned reputation as an industry leader in tax and estate planning matters. I look forward to contributing to the firm’s expertise whilst also growing my own practice.”

Peter Daniel, Partner and Head of Private Wealth, commented: “It is a pleasure to welcome Tulin to the Tax and Estate Planning team. She will be a valuable addition to the firm and strengthen our offering to international clients. Tulin has a wide-ranging expertise and her appointment represents our continued growth in the Private Wealth sector.” announces appointment of new CRO, the business funding platform for accountants, has announced the appointment Nelson Da Silva as Chief Revenue Officer.

Da Silva, previously CRO at Receipt Bank for six years, joins following a period of growth for, which last week launched its Instant Offer service, and series A funding round in February 2019 of £3.5m, which helped to double the organisation’s headcount.

During his time at Reciept Bank, Da Silva played an integral role in growing the company from a small start-up with eight members of staff in 2013 to one with more than 400 today, helping to achieve 100% year-on-year growth.

Nelson Da Silva, CRO,, said: “’s growth to date has been impressive, particularly over the last year, and it’s clear there is still so much more potential to realise. It provides an essential service, not only for business leaders through access to funding that can be a vital lifeline, but for accountants to be able to diversify their offering by providing essential advice on navigating the financial market. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and working both with the team and clients for mutual success.”

Paul Surtees, CEO and Co-Founder,, said: “With the economic climate remaining uncertain, small businesses need access to funding and accountants are in a prime position to advise them on the best options according to their requirements. Nelson’s experience of working with accounting firms and scaling an ambitious SaaS business during his time at Receipt Bank will be invaluable both to us and our clients. This has been an exciting year for us as a business; this hire is the crucial next step in achieving our growth strategy and Nelson’s background makes him the perfect candidate.”


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