People in the news: UHY Hacker Young, PKF Littlejohn, Deloitte Legal

Career news this week includes a head of global mobility services at UHY Hacker Young, PKF Littlejohn appoints a co-head of its forensic and fraud team and Deloitte Legal in the UK gets its first managing partner

UHY Hacker Young has appointed Steve Asher as its head of global mobility services, based in the firm’s London office. Asher was previously the head of global mobility services for Gateley Plc. Prior to this, he was head of UK global mobility services and the global mobility international network for over five years at Mazars.

PKF Littlejohn has appointed Robert Brooker as co-head of its forensic and fraud team. He joins the firm after over ten years at Transport for London (TfL), where he was head of fraud. At TfL, Brooker managed a team of investigators, prevention staff and data analysts dealing with issues such as online fraud, security breaches, cybercrime and insider threats, reporting to the executive committee and board. Prior to this, he worked at Bentley Jennison (now RSM) and Watford Borough Council. Brooker is also chair of the London Fraud Forum, previous vice chair of the Society of Forensic Interviewers (SoFI) and a member of Prevention of Fraud in Travel (ProFIT). He will lead PKF Littlejohn’s forensic and fraud team alongside James Earp. He will focus on providing clients with a wide range of services, including data analytics-based fraud risk management, fraud risk workshops and procurement investigations.

Mazars has appointed five partners, three of whom are internal promotions. The partners are based in Leeds, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and London, working across tax, audit and consulting. Andrew Hoyle, a financial services consulting partner based in Leeds, began his career at Mazars, joining as an external audit graduate in 2005. Juliet Bailey is an indirect tax specialist, based in Leeds. She joined Mazars as a director in 2015. Paul Barham is a private client tax partner based in London. He leads a team of private client advisors in London and across South and Central England. The team serves a diverse client base of sophisticated high net worth individuals both in the UK and internationally. Ludovic Black is a tax partner based in Milton Keynes, and joins Mazars from PwC in Cambridge. He brings a focus on the tech sector, entrepreneurial business, inbounds and large and listed companies, together with significant experience working in M&A and treasury tax. He will work closely with the audit team and other service lines, supporting and complementing their work in the large and listed market in particular. Mike Hinton is a business consulting partner, working across the Edinburgh and London offices. He has extensive experience in business consulting and has worked in industry as both a finance director and a managing director.

Johnston Carmichael has promoted Andrew Holloway, the firm’s head of entrepreneurial taxes, to director level. Since joining Johnston Carmichael as a senior manager in June 2017, Holloway has worked with businesses ranging from young start-ups seeking their first seed funding to large privately-owned companies. While based in the central belt, Andrew travels around Johnston Carmichael’s 11 offices to help develop young businesses, advising on employee incentivisation schemes (including tax valuation work), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) investments as well as employment-related securities advice.

Crowther Chartered Accountants has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of accounts manager, Sam Tasker-Grindley. He will support the firm’s founder and managing director, Steve Crowther in running the business, whilst also managing his own portfolio of clients. Prior to joining Crowther, Tasker-Grindley completed an accounting and management degree at Cardiff University. He is an ACA Chartered Accountant and began his career at a leading corporate accountancy firm in London, where he gained experience in accounts, tax advisory and planning.

Deloitte has appointed Michael Castle as managing partner for Deloitte Legal in the UK. He will be the first permanent lead partner for Deloitte Legal, and will commence the role in February 2019. Castle joins after spending more than two decades at Allen & Overy, where he was a partner in the banking practice. In this role, he gained wide-ranging experience of banking transactions and was heavily involved in implementing the delivery of innovative legal solutions to a number of clients. As managing partner at Deloitte Legal, he will make use of capabilities from across Deloitte and develop new ways to take legal solutions to the market. This will combine legal advice with legal managed services, technology and consultancy to provide solutions to clients looking to optimise the management of their legal operations.

CVR Global’s Robert Starkins and Bai Cham have both been promoted to partner. Starkins’ decade-long experience in international asset tracing, fraud investigation and recovery has seen him involved in a number of high profile insolvency and asset tracing cases in offshore jurisdictions. Cham has more than 13 years of experience in providing insolvency and restructuring advice to SME businesses and has developed a particular expertise in tax avoidance cases. Cham has also helped to set-up a new office in Kent.

Carey Olsen has appointed Jasmine Amaria as a Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI) corporate partner in its London office. Amaria, who joins from the London office of another offshore law firm, specialises in both Cayman Islands and BVI corporate law. She has significant experience in investment funds and corporate and finance matters, with a particular emphasis on fund formation and ongoing corporate transactions and financing activities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and group reorganisations and restructurings. Prior to moving offshore, Amaria spent nine years at Slaughter and May, where she trained and qualified.

Michelle Roberts ACA has joined Croner-i audit and accounting team as a senior technical writer. Before joining Croner-i, Michelle spent 11 years in KPMG’s audit department gaining experience across a wide range of industries including business services, construction and utilities. Michelle also has experience of authoring and delivering technical training material to meet the needs of KPMG’s UK audit staff.

Report by Amy Austin

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