Ernst & Young triumphs in Scottish Awards

Deloitte may have scooped the big prizes at the recent Taxation Awards, but north of the border, Ernst & Young pulled off an impressive hat trick at the Scottish Accountancy Awards.

The Big Four firm beat KPMG to the best large firm award thanks to its work on deals such as the £1.7bn Dana Petroleum takeover by KNOC and PSN’s acquisition by Wood Group. Ernst & Young’s Scottish government service team was also lauded as the “team to watch” and its Production Services Network team won the Team of the Year category.

For the third year in a row, fast-growing Johnston Carmichael was named as the Medium-size Firm of the Year, but the firm’s VAT director Craig Mathieson was beaten to the Tax Adviser of the Year prize by BDO’s Paul Walker, whom the judges praised as “An accountant who is clearly delivering a lot of value to his clients”.

Aberdeen-based Hall Morrice was crowed Best Small Firm.

Donald Boyd of Campbell Dallas won Young Accountant of the Year from contenders Philip Milne (Ernst & Young) and Claire Middlebrook (Henderson Loggie). Boyd was described as “a real hands on accountant who continues to demonstrate a lot of innovation and versatility for his clients”.

Cairn Energy and Petrofac chairman Norman Murray - a previous judge of the award scheme - was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for upholding the highest standards within the accountancy profession.

The annual awards are run by the Bank of Scotland and judged by Napier University Business School.