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Five years at Warrener Stewart: Freddie Hollom qualifies as CTA

28 October 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Congratulations are in order for our longstanding team member Freddie Hollom, who has recently qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor.

Freddie has been with Warrener Stewart for five years, during which time he has completed all his qualifications, including ATT.

His most recent qualification took three years to achieve, for which Warrener Stewart allowed generous time off for studying and exams. Freddie sat his final exam consisting of a 2500-word essay in July at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown, in isolation at his home. An invigilator and camera had access to his computer! Despite the unusual circumstances, Freddie received his results in just six weeks.

Freddie now has a roster of his own clients, including high net worth individuals and SMEs, assisting them with UK personal tax and corporation tax. He also works closely with Damian Talbot on tax planning exercises.

Freddie, who has worked hard to reap the rewards of his studies and is a valued member of our team, still finds time to pursue his love of steam engineering. Having previously worked in museums, when not in the office, he volunteers at the London Museum of Water and Steam.

From music to money management: Ruaridh Oglivie joins Warrener Stewart as graduate accounts trainee

06 October 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

A wide variety of small to medium-sized clients, many of whom are located in and around Warrener Stewart’s Fulham base, was enough to lure Scottish born Ruaridh Ogilvie south of the border to start as our latest graduate accounts trainee. 

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Ruaridh applied for a job with us last year, after studying music at Newcastle University and incorporating several business and accountancy modules into his degree. With remarkable commercial mindedness, he recognised his potential to commence a career in the financial sector early on. “I really enjoyed the freedom and variety of studying music, but also wanted to continue learning about business having studied it at A Level”, he explains, “so I decided to study business and accountancy too.”

Armed with this knowledge and experience, Ruaridh looked at the big four accountancy firms and quickly realised he wouldn’t get much in the way of client contact time as a graduate. A Google search for SME accountants in London put Warrener Stewart on his radar.

Ruaridh was tempted by the breadth of our services and the variety of clients we work with, including the instrument manufacturer Percussion Play, as he is a keen drummer. Positive client testimonials and case studies sealed the deal, so he proactively reached out to Warrener Stewart. Following an interview in January 2020 with Colin and Nick, he was offered a job with a start date in early September. When Covid-19 hit, he was reassured that he could still take up his place with us when the time came.

Since starting, he has been working in the office with Jess and James in audit, and learning about the software he’ll need use in his day-to-day role. Across September and October, he will also be completing a course of virtual learning to begin his training to become an ACA qualified accountant. We wish Ruaridh the best of luck as he embarks on his new career and look forward to seeing him forge his own path at Warrener Stewart.

 

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