People in the news: Lubbock Fine, Grant Thornton, Cooper Parry

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at Lubbock Fine, Cooper Parry, Goodwin and MHA Moore Smalley, and hires at Grant Thornton, MHA Henderson Loggie and Menzies

City accountancy and business advisory firm Lubbock Fine has appointed Phil Blackburn as partner to lead its corporate tax offering. Blackburn, who has over 30 years’ experience advising businesses and private clients, joins the firm from a West End practice. The move marks his return to Lubbock Fine, having previously been with the firm between 2002 and 2013, during which time he was a partner for seven years. His previous experience includes seven years at BDO. In his new role, Blackburn will lead the firm’s tax advisory and compliance services for owner managed businesses and corporate clients, while cultivating its rapidly expanding international tax consultancy offering.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has appointed Paul Rao as its new head of not for profit after seven years at the firm, having joined from Mazars in 2014.  He leads the firm’s charity and wider not for profit business risk services practice, delivering internal audit, risk management and governance services to clients ranging from top five charities by income to smaller, niche professional membership organisations. Rao is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) technical guidance working group and is also deputy chair of the north west committee at the IIA.  

James Peck has joined Cooper Parry’s CP futures scale up team as tax partner after eight years in the fast growth technology/media team at Grant Thornton. He has over 15 years’ experience supporting high growth, venture capital and private equity backed businesses as they scale, building structured tax strategies and supporting fundraising, and preparing for sales or initial public offerings (IPO).

MHA Moore and Smalley has strengthened its audit team with the promotion of Paul Spencer to the role of partner. He joined the firm in September 2010 after graduating from Lancaster University, and was previously corporate services director, a role he had held since April 2019. A specialist in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and head of the firm’s pension scheme audit team, he manages a diverse portfolio of clients across the retail and manufacturing sectors as well as advising several international groups.

MHA Henderson Loggie has appointed Jaslin Bhagrath as head of accounting and business solutions. Bhagrath has over 20 years’ accountancy experience and joins from global network Azets, formerly Scott Moncrieff in Scotland, where she was director of the business advisory group. Prior to that she worked with Whitelaw Wells in Edinburgh and trained with an independent firm in Aberdeen.

Menzies LLP is continuing to grow its VAT advisory services team, with the appointment of experienced VAT director, Andrew Norman. He will provide specialist VAT advisory services to the firm’s clients, particularly those that have operations overseas or are trading internationally. Norman joins Menzies LLP from a Big Four accountancy firm Deloitte, having previously worked in both the UK and the Middle East. He also spent four years at HMRC, first as a VAT assurance officer, before progressing to a VAT enquiries officer, where he was responsible for dealing with VAT enquiries and supporting staff training.

Carmarthenshire-based accountancy firm Wynne & Co is set for further growth following the promotion of accountant Catrin Burt to the role of director. She has been with the firm for six years and has now gained her ACA Practising Certificate from the ICAEW.

Global law firm Goodwin has announced that David Irvine will join the firm’s tax practice as a partner in the London office. Irvine has over 20 years of experience representing multi-asset managers, private equity, infrastructure, real estate, debt and hedge fund sponsors and management teams on the domestic and international aspects of fund structuring, tax efficient incentivisation arrangements and tax issues associated with their investment programmes.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed Alex Oh as director of the Division of Enforcement. Oh was most recently a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and co-chair of the law firm’s anti-corruption & FCPA practice group.


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