LEADING mid-tier accountancy firm French Duncan has appointed Andrew Ford, formerly a senior manager at Deloitte’s private client team, as tax director.
Newcastle-born Ford, who was raised in the USA and lived in Switzerland before returning to the UK for education and university, started his professional life as a lawyer before shifting his focus to tax work in 1994, within which he has specialised ever since.
Ford came to Scotland 12 years ago to join PwC in Glasgow, prior to his appointment as head of tax at private client law firm Murray Beith Murray in Edinburgh, before joining Deloitte in Glasgow eight years ago.
Of his appointment at French Duncan, Ford said: “I’m very much looking forward to being part of a central belt independent firm well positioned to provide clients with a personal service and level of expertise more economically and efficiently than many of its larger competitors.
“A main attraction for me is the width of French Duncan’s private client offering and I hope to be able to augment the firm’s very active tax team through, for example, adding to its current offering of share schemes, equity incentive arrangements and other tax advisory services.”
Ann Somerville, tax partner and head of tax at French Duncan, said: “We are delighted that Andrew has joined us as tax director. His appointment underlines the importance placed by the firm on the provision of an excellent tax service to our clients and his wealth of experience at a senior level will undoubtedly add to the existing strengths of our private client tax team.”
Ford’s appointment comes as French Duncan’s tax group reports a remarkable year of growth and development which has seen both its turnover and gross profit rise by 20%.
That uplift has been achieved by the team’s focus to provide advice to Scotland’s SME sector by identifying opportunities for tax savings and providing clients with sound, low risk tax advice and, where needed in these difficult times, managing clients’ tax debt to ensure that their businesses survive.
For further information please contact Andrew Ford on tel 0141 221 2984
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Date 23rd August 2012