Grant Thornton UK expands VAT practice with two senior hires

 In Grant Thornton, Indirect Tax, Tax Partner Moves, VAT

Business and financial advisers Grant Thornton today announced the appointment of two senior VAT practitioners to expand its VAT offering. Karen Robb joins as a VAT partner and Ross Cundick as a VAT director.

Karen Robb joins Grant Thornton as a VAT partner with over 15 years’ experience. She started her career with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in 1990 working in the large business unit before joining a Big Four firm in 1995 where she advised large multinational businesses on cross-border VAT issues. Recently, she has specialised in technology, infocomms and entertainment and also has experience of pharmaceuticals, healthcare, manufacturing,education, charities and retail.

Ross Cundick joins the firm as a director and brings with him almost 20 years of indirect tax experience. Ross spent nine years with a Big Four firm in London and prior to that 10 years with HMRC, latterly as a Policy Advisor in what is now HMRC’s Finance and Insurance Policy Branch. He specialises in financial services and has a wealth of experience in working with clients in the insurance, banking and asset management sectors on VAT issues, particularly on outsourcing, VAT cost management and restructuring projects. Ross is also a UK insurance premium tax expert who has advised on liability, compliance and planning matters.

Roger Burrows, head of VAT at Grant Thornton, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Karen and Ross on board. Their appointments underline our commitment to grow the team with key appointments and build on our year-on-year growth of 25%. We will continue to strengthen our offering and sector specialisms. There is growing demand for both cross-border work and in the area of financial services, particularly insurance. Karen and Ross join us at a very exciting time, regarding both the firm, and external industry developments.”

Rob Withecombe, head of tax at Grant Thornton, concludes: “It is testament to our existing team that we are attracting staff of the quality of Karen and Ross and that our VAT and indirect taxes team continues to make investments complementing our direct tax specialisms. With our ambitious investment and growth plans for the coming years, the market recognises we present a real alternative to the Big Four.”

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