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KPMG appoints new UK head of tax

KPMG has selected Michelle Quest as its new UK head of tax, pensions and legal services with immediate effect.

Quest has taken over from Karen Biggs, who is now heading up KPMG’s enterprise practice across the UK and has also gained a seat on the executive committee of the board.

The new head of tax joined the KPMG in 1997, and became a partner in 2003. In 2010 Quest was appointed as head of people at KPMG, and has also served as head of its UK private equity and EMA M&A tax practices.

Commenting on her appointment Quest said: “This is an exciting time for the tax, pensions and legal services practice as the backdrop in which we operate is rapidly evolving.

“We are seeing significant market disruption from the implementation of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Actions, EU audit reform, the change in regulation of legal services, and the advance of digital processes, to name a few.

“Added to this, there is increasing public interest in the tax debate and closer scrutiny of the tax profession. As a firm, we have already taken a leading role in the, often heated, public debate about tax and morality, actively bringing people together to understand different viewpoints in an effort to build shared views on responsible tax. I am committed to continuing to champion our position in this debate,” continued Quest.

KPMG has already made a number of appointments this year. In January, Accountancy Age revealed that senior tax partner Jane McCormick is to become the firm’s next global head of tax.

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