People Moves: EY, Crowe, Grant Thornton and more

People Moves: EY, Crowe, Grant Thornton and more

Throughout the UK, a number of accountancy and advisory firms have promoted staff, welcomed new hires, and celebrated landmark anniversaries with their senior staff members.

People Moves: EY, Crowe, Grant Thornton and more

Solicitors join EY

EY has appointed five practicing solicitors to its tax controversy and risk management team.

Supporting the firm’s tax litigation practice, Richard Doran will act as Director, calling on his years of cross-border and public law tax disputes. Previously, Doran supported both high net worth individuals and corporate clients at both KPMG and a City firm.

Julian Balson has been also appointed as Director, and has been tasked to help build EY’s financial crime and non-VAT, indirect taxes controversy and litigation business.

Coming from a similar role at Grant Thornton UK, Paula Ruffell has joined as Senior Manager, bringing with her several years of experience across corporate tax, international tax and HMRC disputes.

Both Daniel Greene and Davinder Sahota joined the firm as solicitors, with Greene coming from an EY role and Sahota coming from KPMG. Both will focus on litigation in an effort to grow the firm’s tax controversy offerings.

James Wilson, EY Partner and head of the tax controversy and risk management team, said in a statement: “We’re delighted to welcome these new team members. All bring vast experience and will help to strengthen our position as a market-leader in the tax dispute and litigation field.”

Crowe expands tax resolutions team

Mid-tier accountancy firm Crowe has welcomed Grant Summers to its tax resolutions team as its newest Director, working out of the firm’s Manchester office.

In the firm’s Manchester office, Summers will work alongside Managing Partner Michael Jayson and the national tax resolutions team. This role will see Summers using his 35 years of experience in tax investigations, dispute resolution for both HMRC and private practice, and tax litigation.

Jayson said in a statement: “Grant’s background and experience is a great fit for Crowe, further strengthening our ability to support individuals and businesses across Manchester and the other Northern Powerhouse cities.”

Grant Thornton bolsters healthcare advisory service

Expanding its offerings, business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP has appointed two senior-level healthcare consultancy experts to its healthcare advisory team.

In his new role as Head of Healthcare Consulting, Malcolm Lowe-Lauri will use his 32 years of experience in health services leadership and management to reinforce the firm’s offerings alongside NHS organisations.

Lowe-Lauri’s work will also support the work of Healthcare Partner Matt Custance’s as the team further develops its healthcare transactions business.

Custance said in a statement: “The UK’s health system is under huge financial and operational pressures. So, consulting and advisory approaches need to change. Malcolm and I aim to build a new advisory offering that is more integrated, more respectful of the customer’s own expertise and more collaborative.

“We are dedicated to becoming the most trusted healthcare partner in the market and are determined to give clients more choice—more choice of adviser and more choice in the way they work with us.”

Finance director promoted to partner at Cowgills

Eighteen months after joining Cowgills, the accountancy and advisory firm has promoted its 33 year old corporate Finance Director Sam Davies to Partner.

Davies joined the firm in 2018, and quickly established himself within the business. In the past 12 months, Davies delivered over £100m of deals for the firm, including the sale of Assist Group to idverde UK and the growth capital investment by Foresight into Steamforged Games.

Ian Johnson, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Cowgills, said in a statement: “Sam has experience working as both an adviser and a private equity investor with BGF (Business Growth Fund). This breadth of experience has given him a depth of understanding of both the client and the investors’ side of a deal.

“This has enabled him to build a strong reputation, advising clients on private equity transactions and M&A deals whilst supporting them post investment, which aligns with Cowgills’ long-term approach in working with our clients.”

Audit team grows at Mitchell Charlesworth

Accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has promoted Nick Spruce to Assistant Manager, while also welcoming Jonathan Lucas and Heather Heyl to the firm.

Spruce has more than seven years of experience with small and medium-sized businesses, and his promotion will allow him to take on bigger client delivery responsibilities out of the firm’s Liverpool office.

New hires Lucas and Heyl will both be based in Mitchell Charlesworth’s Manchester office, with each providing audit and accounts services to a diverse client portfolio.

Paul Wainwright, Managing Partner at Michell Charlesworth, said in a statement: “We look for the very best talent that the North West has to offer, and these appointments and promotion will help the firm deliver its ambitious growth plans and ensure the service and expertise we offer our clients is of the highest standard.”

Saffery Champness accountant celebrates 35 years at firm

Nick Fernyhough is celebrating a landmark anniversary at Saffery Champness Chartered Accounts, 35 years on from his training period at the firm in 1984.

Then known as Armitage and Norton, the firm merged with Saffery Champness in 1987, and Fernyhough took up a partnership in 1994. Now a Senior Partner at the firm, Fernyhough has seen the firm’s Bournemouth office grow from 15 staff to 60, working across audit, accounts and tax teams.

“Saffery’s success in the region has been down to the partners believing in the strengthn of the Dorset economy,” Fernyhough said in a statement. “We have always been committed to growing the office in this area and servicing the diverse and excellent mix of talent and innovative businesses in the region.

“I would like to thank the other five partners in the Bournemouth office and all our staff for their outstanding commitment and dedication to the business.”

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