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February 2020: Tax Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in February 2020:




BDO has appointed Julia McCullagh as a Partner in the Corporate Tax practice. She previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) both in the UK and US as well as spending five years working in-house within the consumer goods industry. She will assist clients manage all tax aspects of their UK and overseas operations including cross-border operating models and transfer pricing. McCullagh’s sector experience includes pharmaceuticals and consumer markets. Wilkins Kennedy has appointed Paul Barwick as a Forensic Accounting Partner. Barwick, who has more than 13 years’ experience in forensic accounting, joins from Mazars where he spent seven years, and earlier in his career spent six years with Charles River Associates. He specialises in the provision of forensic accounting services to solicitors, regulators, and corporates and has worked across a range of sectors. He has wide ranging experience including breach of contract and loss of profit claims, fraud investigations and asset tracing, post-transaction disputes, contentious valuations, family and matrimonial disputes, and manipulation of accounts investigations. Barwick is regularly instructed by dispute resolution lawyers in the context of litigation or arbitration and has had cases heard in both the UK High Court and in arbitral tribunals around the world.

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It has been reported that Ernst & Young (EY) has appointed five solicitors to its Tax Controversy and Risk Management team. Richard Doran joins as a Director from KPMG, where he spent over six years. Prior to KPMG, he spent five years with law firm Dorsey & Whitney. Julian Balson joins as a Director from law firm Bird & Bird, who he joined from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2017. Paula Ruffell joins as a Senior Manager from Grant Thornton, where she worked for nearly three years. Earlier in her career, she worked at law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP and HM Revenue & Customs. Meanwhile, Daniel Greene joins from The Khan Partnership and Davinder Sahota joins from KPMG. Markel Tax has made a number of new senior appointments. Mark Baycroft and Imran Umarji have joined the Owner-Managed Business (OMB) Tax team. Both arrive from Moore Stephens/BDOAndrew Paschalis joins the Tax Investigations team as a Senior Consultant from PwCPunnit Vyas has joined Markel Tax as a Senior Consultant with over 16 years as a VAT consultant in top 20 mid-tier accountancy firms, and within HM Revenue & CustomsNicola Goldsmith has joined the team as Head of Private Client.  All five team members will be based in Markel Tax’s London office.



Lovewell Blake has announced the appointment of a new Partner following the agreement to acquire some of Grant Thornton’s local tax and audit practice in Norwich. Tax Director Mark Watson will join the Partnership at Lovewell Blake, and the 34 staff currently based at Grant Thornton’s Kingfisher House office will also join Lovewell Blake, relocating to the firm’s Norwich offices at Broadland Business Park. It has been reported that Baldwins Directors, John Baldwin, David Baldwin and Shaun Knight, have resigned. Alyn North, Group Chief Commercial Officer at CogitalGroup has taken over as CEO at Baldwins. North trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Senior Appointments

Baldwins has appointed Lucy Sutcliffe as Director of National Customs Duty. She specialises in customs and excise duties providing technical advice for businesses involved in the movement of goods, imported into and exported from the UK, the EU and the rest of the world. She joins from MHA MacIntyre Hudson and previously spent over 20 years at HM Revenue & Customs.



It has been reported that Deloitte has appointed Richard Davis as Head of Tax for Yorkshire and the North East. Davis joined Deloitte in 2005 and was made a Partner in 2014. His sector experience includes manufacturing, utilities and real estate.



Anderson Anderson & Brown has announced that Derek Mitchell will take over as Managing Partner of the firm’s Aberdeen office on 1st April 2020. Mitchell, a tax specialist, currently leads the firm’s business advisory group, having joined the firm 14 years ago.

Senior Appointments

Alvarez & Marsal has opened an office in Glasgow, extending the firm’s funds and alternative assets practice. The new team will be part of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, providing alternative asset management clients with advice and reporting services across the lifecycle of funds, from launch to exit. In addition, the team will work with private clients in Scotland. The new Glasgow office will be led by Donald Campbell, who joins as a Senior Adviser from Deloitte, where he led the Private Client Services team. Campbell has more than 30 years’ tax experience, advising both individuals and corporates on tax related to M&A, real estate, funds and succession planning. He will be joined by Jordan Brown, who joins A&M as a Director from Ernst & Young (EY). Brown has over ten years’ experience advising private clients and asset managers on tax issues. Prior to joining A&M, he was part of EY’s funds tax team.


Senior Appointments

Daniel Burton has joined Kilsby & Williams as a Tax Manager. He previously spent six years with HM Revenue & Customs where he specialised in customs and international tax.



Grant Thornton in Ireland has promoted Brian Murphy to Partner in the Financial Services tax practice. Murphy joined Grant Thornton in 2019 as a Director from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he spent 15 years. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Chris Mutlow has been appointed Head of Tax Compliance & Reporting at Advanz Pharma. Chris spent time in practice with Deloitte and KPMG before his first in-house move with British American Tobacco. Sarah Sennett has joined Ascot Group as Head of Tax. Sarah can be considered somewhat of an insurance specialist with previous stints with QBEMarkel and MS Amlin respectively. Refinitiv have appointed Juliet Coombs as Director of Tax Operations EMEA. Having spent the majority of her career with Deloitte initially, Juliet spent just over 2 years with Capita before making the move.

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