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New working practices for the post-COVID era

07 August 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

At Warrener Stewart, we have been operational throughout the COVID-19 crisis, supporting our existing clients in an uncertain time. Our focus on nurturing successful relationships and facilitating regular contact has remained high, thanks to the technology available to us.

As the economy starts to move, with record mortgage approvals as a result of the stamp duty holiday and businesses bouncing back with changing cultures, planning for the future is vitally important. In the ongoing ‘new normal’ circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we are implementing new working practices, including virtual meetings via video conferencing and remote working. In lieu of face-to-face meetings with clients, we are communicating using a variety of online platforms including Teams, with all of our account handlers working normal office hours remotely, in order to work with clients as usual.

“Despite the challenges of recent months, we continue to provide an exceptional service to our new and existing clients,” says Colin Edney, Director. “Businesses will need to adapt, by revisiting budgets and business plans or reforecasting growth, which is where Warrener Stewart can really make a difference. We are confident that virtual meetings are the way forward in working successfully together as we navigate the post-COVID era.”

For a tailored approach to your business accounting or your personal tax liabilities, please contact us at info@warrenerstewart.com or visit our website for strategic advice and support.

New starters join Warrener Stewart during lockdown

20 July 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Despite the challenges of lockdown, work has continued at Warrener Stewart, supporting individuals and businesses in this challenging time. We’ve welcomed four new members of staff, with strong financial backgrounds across a range of disciplines with much to bring to the team.

James Hipkiss – Accounts and Audit Assistant

James joins us from Birmingham, after making the move to London in April amid the chaos of Covid-19. He has a strong background in accounts, with 6 years’ experience.

Following an apprenticeship directly from college, he worked at one of the top 10 firms auditing and accounting for large corporations turning over more than £100 million and small businesses, before moving into an industry role in internal management accounts.

James made the move to Warrener Stewart based on our ‘standout’ location and people, looking to build on his current knowledge with a more diverse service-based client facing role.

Maxine Howard - Tax Consultant

A qualified chartered accountant, Maxine started with Warrener Stewart mid-lockdown in May. After studying Finance and Accountancy at the University of Cape Town, she initially worked for a London firm, firstly in VAT administration and then in audit for SMEs and not-for-profits.

Realising she wants more exposure to UK and international tax and to move away from audit, Maxine joins us as a tax consultant to support our corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

Shakaela Carroll - US/UK Tax Advisor

Shakaela moved from Manchester to London four years ago to pursue a career in accountancy. She took a trainee accountancy role straight from A Levels and has a solid background in both technical and international taxation, especially US tax. She is currently working through her professional exams as well as assisting our UK-resident US citizen clients in her role as a US/UK tax advisor.

Shakaela chose Warrener Stewart as we have ‘an enormous amount to offer, including intellectual stimulation in the range of clients, and a wealth of options in terms of specialisms’. She is looking to develop her own client portfolio alongside completing her qualifications.

Samantha Langer - US/UK Junior Tax Consultant

Hailing from the south of France, Samantha brings with her significant academic experience in law, with a Masters in French Business Law from Aix-Marseille University. She has a strong background in legal internships, focusing on tax, problem solving and legal research. In her previous roles, she worked in personal taxes, particularly French and Italian.

Following the completion of her LLM in London, Samantha felt Warrener Stewart was the ‘perfect fit’ thanks to our location outside the City coupled with a wide range of clients. Now, wanting to learn something new, she’s focusing on US tax as one of our trainee US/UK tax consultants.

Joint Managing Director Colin Edney commented: “We have continued to provide a vital service to our clients throughout the pandemic. This is an important time for all our clients to talk to our accounting, tax and advisory teams so that we can help them with any financial implications caused by the current circumstances. We would like to wish our new recruits all the best in their new roles and we look forward to seeing them excel.”

Stuart Barbour promoted to Associate in Warrener Stewart

26 May 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Since joining Warrener Stewart ten years ago, Stuart Barbour has developed a strong corporate tax team to help and advise many of the company’s largest corporate clients. He has also been instrumental in opening Warrener Stewart’s Edinburgh office and driving business growth north of the border.

In recognition of his contribution the Directors are pleased to announce that they have promoted Stuart to Associate in the Firm.

"Stuart is a vital part of our team," remarked Colin Edney, joint managing director. "Throughout his time at Warrener Stewart he has always gone the extra mile, ensuring our clients get the right tax advice at the right time for their business needs. He is also highly regarded for his attention to detail and willingness to support clients at every stage of their business cycle. We are all delighted to congratulate Stuart on achieving this next step in his career with us."

Stuart will continue to grow the Edinburgh team while focussing on his portfolio of clients, helping them with their tax needs whether it be advice on how to improve their business or reviewing their financial accounts for compliance.

Commenting on his promotion Stuart said: “I have really enjoyed working with the wide variety of clients at Warrener Stewart. It is always satisfying working alongside business owners and managers, providing the advice and recommendations required for the business to thrive.”

Embarking on the next step with Warrener Stewart

02 April 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

Warrener Stewart, like many private practices, offers trainee Chartered Accountant positions for graduates. 

Camilla Bole is their most recent trainee accountant who, already part way through her qualification, has joined the audit and accounts team.  Having graduated from Durham University in 2015 with a degree in Chemistry, Camilla decided to embark upon an accountancy career. Having stated her training with a mid-tier firm in London’s West End, Camilla joined Warrener Stewart’s Fulham based accountancy practice where she intends to complete her training.

“My chemistry degree taught me many transferrable skills which I use each day as a trainee accountant,” notes Camilla. “As a someone who loves order and talking to people becoming an accountant is a perfect fit for my skills. I am enjoying the responsibility of working directly with Warrener Stewart’s many clients helping to prepare their accounts and learning to conduct audits.”

Warrener Stewart expands north of the border

01 April 2020 • Warrener Stewart News

After ten years of London life, Scottish born tax specialist Stuart Barbour yearned for the open spaces and rugged mountains of his homeland. Rather than leave Warrener Stewart the answer was to open a new office run by Stuart in Edinburgh.

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L-R Jonny Henry & Stuart Barbour

As a corporate tax specialist Stuart has been supporting Warrener Stewart’s larger clients for the past five years working alongside Colin Edney and other corporate partners. Much of his work revolves around reviewing tax efficiencies within companies, assessing their structure or methods of trading. Since much of this is office-based Colin and the other partners were happy for Stuart to relocate to Scotland.

“Stuart is such an important asset to the business that we didn’t want to lose him,” declares Colin. The new office is on George Street, which as Stuart notes, is a quieter part of the busy Edinburgh city centre.

Stuart has now been joined by fellow Tax Advisor Jonny Henry, pictured above on the left, who started work in the new office this month.

“It’s been great to come back home” says Stuart. “I’m currently still focused on corporate tax, but the hope is that with Jonny joining me and with room for one more in the Edinburgh office we can move to a full tax and general offering in the near future.”

Making the right move

28 February 2020 • US Tax returns, Warrener Stewart News

When his parents brought him on holiday to England aged 11, American born Steven Wright declared then and there he would one day return and work in London. Over the past eighteen years Steven has been working and studying in America to make his dream come true!

Now as a qualified CPA (Certified Public Accountant), Steven has joined Warrener Stewart’s US tax department where he is looking forward to helping both British and American clients with their US tax filing requirements.

American CPA joins Warrener Stewart

“The very first time I came to the UK I begged my parents to leave me here – thankfully they encouraged me to return home and take a more conventional route so that I could return,” confesses Steven.

Back home in Nashville Steven studied for a degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance at Lipscomb University. Whilst studying for his degree he also worked as a bank teller for a local bank, Sun Trust before completing his Masters in Accounting. As part of his Masters Steven completed two internships; one as a tax advisor for a large independent accounting firm, KraftCPA. Whilst the second was spent learning about corporation tax working for the retail giant Genesco.

Commenting upon the appointment, head of US tax, Damian Talbot said; “Having an American CPA based with us in our London offices is a rarity, he can help and advice US expats with their US tax filings. Being able to offer this service face to face is a welcome addition to our busy and growing US tax department.”

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