Changes at the top for Crowe Clark Whitehill

Managing partner of Crowe Clark Whitehill’s London office Nigel Bostock is set to become the firm’s chief executive as current incumbent David Mellor hands over the reins

Bostock will assume the post on 1 September 2017 after four years as managing partner of the London office. He has also served as corporate business audit partner and currently leads the firm’s media group.

He is set to begin his 27th year with Crowe Clark Whitehill, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1991 and become partner in 2005.

David Mellor will continue to provide ‘input, support and counsel’ to the firm until his planned retirement in March 2018.

Crowe Clark Whitehill stand 14th in Accountancy’s Top 75 Firms Survey, with a fee income of £67.2m in 2016.

Speaking to CCH Daily, Bostock explained that when Mellor was appointed as CEO, he too sat on the executive ‘as a non executive member effectively as part of the transition’.

‘It’s been a pleasure to work with [Mellor] over the last 11 years and to see his dedication to the firm first hand,’ he said.

‘We want to remain focused on our five areas of corporate business; non profits; pension funds; professional practices and; private clients. Over the next few years, we have to remain committed to delivering the highest quality service to clients and our strong market presence. We have to be able to anticipate changing demands in our clients and our people. We have to evaluate the impact of regulatory, technological, political and economic change.’

Perhaps the most significant challenge facing the profession, Bostock noted, is Making Tax Digital.

‘In the first instance, private clients will be impacted first, but it will have implications for partnership clients, trusts, landlords, VAT registered businesses,’ he said. ‘The changes themselves are very positive in terms of digitising everything and making a much more efficient tax system.

‘From our perspective, the important thing is being clear on what the government wants to do, how they want to do it and the timing in which they want to do it. There’s a lot of communication and a lot of investment that has to be made in certain areas and you don’t want to be doing that with moving goalposts.’

Calum Fuller |Assistant editor, Accountancy magazine (up to 2018)

Calum Fuller is former assistant editor of Accountancy magazine and Accountancy Daily, published by ...

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