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Practice news: French Duncan selects Encompass

30th Sep 2015
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A round-up of the latest news, appointments, executive moves and acquisitions from the world of practice during September 2015.

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French Duncan selects Encompass

30 Sep - French Duncan has selected Encompass, the visual information management solution, to empower its team of specialists with high speed access to comprehensive case information.

Advising small, medium and large businesses facing financial or strategic challenges at various stages of their business lifecycle, the team includes a number of case managers and analysts who will use Encompass to accelerate traditionally time consuming manual processes.

Roger Carson, Encompass co-founder and global head of sales, said: “French Duncan is a firm known for keeping pace with best practice business process.

“Adopting Encompass is an example of the firm using technology to respond to a changing business environment. Having established the Glasgow office earlier this year, we are delighted to have a Scottish firm among our first customers in the UK whom we can work closely with to continue to tailor the solution for the Scottish context and Scottish data.”

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Deloitte appoints new head of its trustees

17 Sep - Deloitte has appointed director Marian Elliott as head of its trustee advisory service in London.

Elliot is a scheme actuary who has over 13 years’ experience. Regarding her appointment, she said: “Deloitte has a well-established and broad based pensions practice, with a range of clients across all sizes and industry sectors. I am excited to be joining a cross-disciplinary team of experts who can deliver comprehensive and truly integrated pensions solutions to the schemes they work with.

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Deloitte Newcastle employs 15 school leavers

18 Sep - Deloitte Newcastle has taken on 15 graduates and schools leavers as part of its talent development programme.

The young recruits are made up of 13 graduates and two school leavers, who have joined the firm as part of Deloitte’s BrightStart scheme, a five-year training and development plan specifically for A-level students.

Stephen Hall, senior partner at Deloitte in the North East, said: “The recruitment of these young people to our training schemes reflects not only our continued growth in the region, but our commitment to developing the next generation of business professionals.

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CIOT appoints new tax policy director

11 Sep - The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) long-time Deloitte tax partner John Cullinane as its new tax policy director

Cullinane is only the third person to hold the post, after the pathfinding efforts of PwC’s John Whiting (2010-13) and EY’s Patrick Stevens.

To illustrate the institute’s even-handed approach, until he retired recently Cullinane was head of Deloitte’s tax quality and risk function division. He has focused extensively on tax policy issues and worked with governments and international finance centres, the CIOT said.

CIOT President Chris Jones commented: “Tthe profile of tax issues in Parliament, press and public debate remains sky high and the need for the tax profession to make its voice heard in the corridors of power has never been greater.”

Jones said he was keen for the new tax policy director to speak out on the need for greater simplicity and clarity in the tax system, and for a balance between the powers of the tax authorities and the rights of taxpayers.

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New tax manager joins Infinity Tax 

11 Sep - Fast growing Aberdeen firm Infinity Partnership has appointed Christine McGuigan as senior tax manager.

Previously a tax manager with Hall Morrice for six years, she moved to Infinity from Subsea 7, where she was tax manager. The appointment signals a drive to build growth within Infinity’s tax division, according to firm founder Simon Cowie.

According to Aberdeen Business News, Infinity has been strengthening this part of its business during 2015, the May acquisition of local firm practice Accord Tax and Accountancy. After the deal was completed, the division was renamed Infinity Tax.

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UK200 plans 30th anniversary annual conference celebration

11 Sep - Open November conference in Birmingham to include a look back over the network’s past 30 years.

The UK200Group’s annual conference has been a fixture on accountancy’s calendar for 30 years now and will take place at the Belfry Golf Club and Hotel near Birmingham this year on 11-13 November.

The event is open to both UK200  members and non-members and will include talks on practice and business themes under the banner, “Forging ahead together”.

Speakers will include Coffee Republic entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi  and stockbroker Justin Urquhart Stewart from 7IM, who examine the world economy and its potential impact on clients. The after-dinner speaker will be former KPMG partner, CBI director general and government minister Lord Digby Jones. Visit the UK200 website for more details.

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Grant Thornton appoints new head of assurance

7 Sep - Grant Thornton has appointed Sue Almond as Head of Assurance.

Almont re-joins the firm following a career in the audit and assurance profession, having spent over 20 years with Grant Thornton previously. She takes on the role from Mark Cardiff, who is taking on the new position of head of practice development.

She joins from the ACCA, where she most recently led the Association's external affairs programme. In her role as Head of Assurance, Sue will work closely with the firm's leadership, focusing on quality and excellence. She will be based in the firm's London office.

Paul Etherington, Quality and Professional Affairs Leader at Grant Thornton UK LLP, commented: “Sue's considerable experience, coupled with her dynamic skill-sets and unwavering professionalism, go right to the heart of what Grant Thornton stands for and we look forward to welcoming her back to the firm."

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Hawson’s new corporate finance partner

4 Sep - Peter Wilmer has joined Sheffield-based Hawsons Chartered Accountants as corporate finance partner.

Wilmer heads up the corporate finance team at Hawsons replacing Kevin Gregory, who has been at the firm for 15 years.

Martyn Weatherall, Hawsons’ senior partner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Peter as corporate finance partner in the firm. He brings a wealth of experience and will assist in growing the firm’s client base and expertise.”

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Baker Tilly recruits graduates

3 Sep -Baker Tilly appointed 20 new trainees for its Leeds and Hull offices.

The group of graduate and school leaver trainees will be working across the firm's tax, audit, corporate finance, and accounting and financial reporting practices assisting clients from across the region.

Kevin O'Connor, regional managing partner for Baker Tilly Yorkshire and the North East said: "These trainees are the future of the firm and it is important that we continue to invest in the best talent that the region has to offer."

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