Group A – Robsons ready to pay top dollar

The news comes after Robsons suffered an exodus of partners at its Cambridge office after disagreement over capital contributions.

Carol Barrie, senior tax partner at Robson’s Birmingham office, which announced the appointments, said the firm was prepared to pay #70,000 for director-level accountants. ‘If you want quality people, you have to pay the going rate. We can match anything the Big Five can provide,’ she added.

Steve Botham joins Robson Rhodes as VAT director from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a principal. He will be joined by Vivienne Hatton from KPMG and Paul Henry from Deloitte & Touche, who both join as tax managers.

A further example of Group A poaching also came with Baker Tilly’s announcement that it has hired Barry Alexander from KPMG’s corporate finance team to head up mergers and acquisitions.

Clive Parritt, chairman of Baker Tilly, said: ‘This further strengthens our position as one of the leading advisers to owner-managed business.’

Financial services provider Chiltern Group has recruited international tax partner Joseph Lurie from Levy Gee.

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