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Tax Moves: Wingrave Yeats, Smith & Williamson

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Peter Owen, formerly a Partner at Grant Thornton, has joined the London-based chartered accountants Wingrave Yeats as a Corporate Tax Partner.

Jerry Barnes will join the Bristol office of Smith & Williamson in January to develop its private client service. Barnes worked for Saffery Champness for 28 years and became a Partner in 1990.

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BTG Tax in Birmingham has appointed two new partners. John Hodgson, previously Head of Tax at RSM Bentley Jennison, joins the firm as Managing Partner of the Birmingham office. Ray Abercromby, previously corporate tax partner at the Manchester office of BTG Tax, has also moved to Birmingham.

KPMG has joined a ‘Big Four hiring spree’, the Financial Times reported. The recruitment drive will take KPMG’s UK workforce from 11,000 to 14,000. All four firms are now recruiting staff ‘aggressively’, with demand being driven by ‘financial and manufacturing companies seeking advice on how to restructure their businesses and cut costs as well as adapt to the dozens of regulatory changes introduced as a result of the financial crisis’.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is now known as PwC. 'PwC' is written in text with a capital 'P' and capital 'C', the firm said. ‘Only when you use the PwC logo is the name represented in lower case.’

Horwath Clark Whitehill, the top 20 UK accountancy firm, has changed its name to Crowe Clark Whitehill. The new name reflects ‘the prominence of the firm’s position’ in the global network Crowe Horwath International. The firm is already known as Clark Whitehill to many, particularly in the City of London.

Deloitte appointed international tax specialist Heather Devine as a director within its business model optimisation team, part of the transfer pricing group.
Formerly an international tax partner at Ernst & Young, Devine went on to become head of tax at Hanson and then Barclays, subsequently working at HSBC.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe appointed Nick Thornton, formerly of Fried Frank, as a partner in its London office.

PKF appointed Andrew Penman to its London tax team as Personal Tax Director. Before joining PKF, Penman spent over 16 years in the private client tax services team at Smith & Williamson advising principally on international personal tax issues.

Taxand appointed Richard Baxter, a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Taxand UK LLP, as the new leader of its Global Indirect Tax Service Line. Prior to joining Taxand, Baxter led the Indirect Tax Compliance and Risk practice of Deloitte. He was previously head of the Indirect Tax team with Arthur Andersen.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation appointed Sir Alistair Graham, currently Chairman of the Independent Mobile Classification Body, as Lay Public Interest Observer of the Institute's Council.

Graham will advise on the public interest in relation to the tax body's activities and 'will support the Institute's adherence to its charitable responsibilities', the CIOT said.

He was the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life between 2004 and 2007. The tax body says its primary purpose is 'to promote education in and the study of the administration and practice of taxation'. Its President, Vincent Oratore said: 'The Institute's charitable responsibilities and public interest objectives are of paramount importance to us. We are proud of the role we play in maintaining high standards in the tax profession and in making the tax system work better for all those who come into contact with it, including those on low incomes.'

KPMG appointed Alan McLintock as an Indirect Tax Director in the firm's travel, leisure and tourism practice. He joined the firm from Sabre Holdings, where he was head of tax for the European, Middle Eastern, African and Asia Pacific regions. Recent and prospective changes to EU VAT rules present 'a whole raft of new challenges' for the travel industry, McLintock said.

Andy Brown and Steve Porter, both indirect tax specialists, joined the national tax disputes and investigations practice of McGrigors, the law firm. The Manchester-based team represents taxpayers in disputes with HMRC.

Haysmacintyre, the London-based chartered accountants and tax advisers, appointed Andrew Jupp as Head of Tax from 1 September. Jupp was formerly National Head of Tax at RSM Tenon.

Begbies Traynor Group announced the expansion of its BTG Tax business with the appointment of six tax specialists joining its London office from Vantis plc. Don Mavin, formerly National Head of the Tax Disputes & Litigation group at Vantis, becomes Managing Partner of the London BTG Tax business. The other arrivals are Allan Brown, Martin O'Neill, Simon Sutcliffe, Ian Manly and Peter Fairchild.

RSM Tenon announced the appointment of Mike Tuhme and Karen McGrory as tax directors. Tuhme will focus on building the firm's East Midlands tax practice while McGrory will help to develop a new Employer Solutions team.

DLA Piper appointed Stephen Hoyle, formerly a tax partner at Ernst & Young, as Head of UK Tax. Hoyle specialises in corporate tax and structured transactions and will lead the expansion of the firm's corporate, real estate and finance practices in the UK and the US.

Issue: 1052
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