Appointment at Pierce.

Lancashire firm Pierce has reinforced its Blackburn office following the appointment of Richard Kay and Andrew Stephenson. Kay, 38, was a rising star at PwC after he became one of the top ten accountancy qualification prize winners in the UK during his training. He joins the practice as director of business services and will work with partner Mark Maden-Wilkinson on the development of new business. Stephenson, 44, is a VAT specialist and will head Pierce’s VAT unit and its Revenue investigations practice.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise following eight years with a major north-west practice and 15 years working for the Inland Revenue.

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