Smith & Williamson in Bristol welcomes 30 new joiners in six months

  • Written By: Carl Deane
  • Published: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:35 GMT

Financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson has unveiled the latest group of new faces in its Bristol office – bringing to 30 the number of new joiners over the past six months.

Nearly half of the new recruits, who range from graduates and trainees through to directors, are in the firm’s business tax and private client tax services teams.

The recruitment drive follows a raft of senior appointments at Smith & Williamson in Bristol in recent months, including Zoe Thomas as Head of Business Tax, Louise Thornhill as Head of Investment Management and Nigel Hardy to lead the firm’s Assurance and Business Services function in the city.

Meanwhile, Kelly Jones has been appointed a partner in assurance and business services (ABS), with Helen Bassett and Marcus Graham being made directors in ABS and transaction services respectively. Most recently, David Gage, head of VAT and real estate at Smith & Williamson in Bristol, has been appointed a director.

Carl Deane, Managing Partner at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, says: “The fact that we have taken on 30 new people since the middle of 2019 reflects an increased demand for our high-quality service and technical expertise among both existing and new clients.

“It is also a reflection of our strong culture of reward and recognition, which translates into long and dedicated service from our people and a loyal client base.

“This latest batch of new joiners will bring fresh energy and experience to the Bristol office and help us to consolidate our position as the trusted adviser for aspirational businesses both here in the city and across the West of England.”

Zoe Thomas adds: “Notwithstanding the current uncertain economic environment, we have seen a high demand for our services in respect of UK tax and have significantly strengthened our team as a result.

“Our advice covers a wide range of tax issues but those that currently come up most frequently are IR35, Corporate Criminal Offence, DAC6, the changes in non-resident capital gains tax, VAT reverse charge and Making Tax Digital as well as R&D claims.

“We have specialists that can assist in all these areas and a wealth of experience in advising sole traders through to FTSE 100 companies.”


By necessity, this briefing can only provide a short overview and it is essential to seek professional advice before applying the contents of this article. This briefing does not constitute advice nor a recommendation relating to the acquisition or disposal of investments. No responsibility can be taken for any loss arising from action taken or refrained from on the basis of this publication. Details correct at time of writing.

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