People in the news: Grant Thornton, RSM, Smith Cooper

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a partner promotion at Grant Thornton, RSM gains two partners, a tax director joins Smith Cooper

Grant Thornton has promoted Philippa Hill to partner in its forensic and investigations services. Hill specialises in investigations, acting as expert or adviser in relation to commercial litigation, international arbitration, expert determination and alternative dispute resolution, and corporate or regulatory inquiries. She has expertise in accounting integrity and conduct matters. Hill has been part of the team since 2001 when she started her career at Robson Rhodes LLP as a newly qualified chartered accountant. The firm merged with Grant Thornton in 2007.

RSM has appointed Dougy Agnew as a partner in the tax practice in Aberdeen. Agnew is a prominent corporate tax adviser with over 28 years’ experience working in practice and industry, including Big Four firms and Kenmore Property Group. He brings a range of tax planning expertise to the team, including international tax, property tax, shareholder issues, R&D, patent box, Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and capital allowances claims. He joins from Scottish accountancy firm Henderson Loggie where he advised a range of businesses in Aberdeen and Dundee with a particular focus on technology businesses. RSM has also appointed Rob McCarthy as a partner it is North West financial due diligence team. McCarthy brings extensive knowledge of buy and sell side financial due diligence projects across a wide variety of sectors for private equity, corporate and banking clients, with a particular specialism in financial services. He is a prominent adviser with over 24 years’ experience working in practice and industry, including over a decade working within a Big Four firm based in Manchester and New York. He joins from an independent advisory firm, where he acted for clients across the North.

Gary Devonshire has joined Smith Cooper as a tax director based in the firm’s Derby office. Devonshire has nearly 20 years of experience providing advice to a wide range of clients from tech start-ups, entrepreneurs and family owned businesses, through to FTSE listed entities. He has worked within a range of organisations, from small independents, to top 10 and most recently in the Big Four, equipping him with in-depth practical and technical tax experience.

Carey Olsen has added to its litigation and insolvency practice with the appointments of senior associate Paul Griffiths in London and associate Monique Hansen in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Griffiths, who has previously practised in the BVI, joins Carey Olsen from the London office of a well-regarded transatlantic law firm. A specialist in dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring work, Griffiths will offer BVI legal services on the ground in London. He acts for a wide range of clients including insolvency office holders, banks, corporates and high net worth individuals. Hansen, who joins Carey Olsen from the Hong Kong office of a leading international law firm, has experience advising in a broad range of complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation across several sectors, including large scale infrastructure, energy and technology-related disputes. She has been involved in litigation before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court in England, and also before the High Court in Denmark.

The International Audit and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has appointed Willie Botha as technical director. In this role, Botha leads a team that works closely with the IAASB and its Chair to advance the international audit and assurance standard-setting program and engage with key stakeholders to heighten audit quality worldwide and enhance credibility and trust in external reporting. Most recently Botha served as senior executive, assurance and practice, with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), where he was responsible for advancement and support of the profession in the audit and assurance field. He has also served as Member to the Institute’s Assurance Guidance Committee, and Member to the Audit Regulator’s Committee for Auditing Standards. His prior roles included serving as senior technical specialist responsible for the audit methodology project of the Auditor General South Africa, and practicing audit partner and technical director with a firm based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Report by Amy Austin

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