BDO tax partner Herring to retire from firm

TAX PARTNER STEPHEN HERRING is to retire from his role at BDO after 11 years at the firm, it has been confirmed.

Herring joined in 2002 as tax partner, specialising in real estate, construction and hospitality, also acting as a spokesperson on tax policy matters.

After gaining a degree in economics and politics at the University of Manchester, he joined Arthur Andersen & Co in 1975, before going onto spend five years at Grant Thornton between 1984 and 1989.

A 12-year stint with Ernst & Young followed, where he held a number of management positions including head of London corporate tax and managing partner for the media and resources office, before eventually leaving and joining BDO.

He is to depart on 5 July and will be succeeded by tax partner Richard Rose, who will take on Herring’s media responsibilities.

Herring, who took part in Accountancy Age‘s inaugural debate on tax avoidance, said: “I have enjoyed my time at BDO immensely, having seen many changes within both the commercial world and the tax profession itself over this period.

“Tax has become increasingly high-profile since the credit quake in 2008 and I’m sure BDO will continue to make the case for both businesses and individuals for fairer, simpler taxes which promote economic growth for the global economy and UK plc.”

BDO head of tax Paul England said: “Stephen has made a considerable contribution to the firm since joining over 10 years ago. His career in accountancy and tax spans over 30 years and within that time he has built up a considerable level of tax and real estate sector knowledge which has been of great value to BDO’s clients. He leaves the firm with our very best wishes.”

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