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R&D work increasing

Six hired as Johnston Carmichael sees growth

Susie WalkerJohnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, has appointed six specialists to its tax team.

They will take up new roles in response to significant growth in tax requirements across a range of sectors including R&D, food and drink, oil and gas, and entrepreneurial start-ups. 

The firm has secured significant new business on its activity in the tax arena compared to the same period in 2015.  

Susie Walker (pictured), partner and head of tax at Johnston Carmichael, says: “R&D tax activity has taken off in the first half of this year. 

“We have seen ongoing growth where entrepreneurs and start-ups, of which there are an increasing number, look to share the success of their businesses and secure the retention of their people through share schemes. Also, a number of tax incentives for start-ups are proving invaluable to get new businesses off the ground.

“We are also providing ongoing support to businesses shifting their focus in response to market conditions, diversification in oil and gas is a key example.

“Pulling in additional senior resources in the Highlands, North East and Edinburgh puts us in an excellent position.”  

DB logo advert for clicking onKirsty Wheeler has been appointed tax senior manager in Aberdeen, joining Johnston Carmichael from Wood Group. She is an international mobile employee specialist and joins the expanding national employer solutions team led by partner Richard Britten. 

Jay McKinnon joins as VAT senior manager in Aberdeen, from Anderson Anderson Brown (A2B) and has considerable experience in oil and gas.

Paul McGonigal, who has international experience after four years in Inland Revenue in New Zealand, arrives as VAT manager in Inverness.

Suzanne Brownie joins as tax senior manager in Edinburgh where she brings many years of transactional and entrepreneurial tax experience from A2B, while oil and gas service sector corporate tax specialist Frazer Nicol also joins from A2B as a tax manager in the capital. Tax assistant manager R&D tax specialist Andrew McMillan is also relocating to the city from A2B in Aberdeen.

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