French Duncan promotes Hazel Burt and Harry Linklater to Partnership
07 October 2015
French Duncan, Scotland’s most progressive accountancy practice, has promoted two of its directors to the partnership as part of an ongoing programme of change and development. Harry Linklater, Corporate Advisory Director, and Hazel Burt, Tax Director, become partners in the firm with immediate effect.
Linklater joined French Duncan in 2011, having held various advisory roles within Big Four and mid-tier firms, as well as having worked within the banking sector. A part of a central belt corporate advisory team based within the firm’s Edinburgh office, he has advised on a variety of corporate finance assignments, including acquisitions, disposals, due diligence, share valuation and fundraising.
Commenting on his promotion to partner and broadening of role to encompass French Duncan’s Entrepreneurial Services division, Linklater said: “With a background and focus on advising the SME market and family owned businesses, with experience gained from acting on transactions within food and drink, leisure and hospitality, property and construction materials and professional services sectors, I look forward to working on a close ongoing basis with entrepreneurs to help realise their business ambitions in my new role.”
Hazel Burt, meanwhile, has specialised in tax for more than 10 years and heads up the tax compliance and consultancy team in French Duncan’s Stirling office, managing a varied client base of businesses and private clients.
Burt said: “I’m delighted to be made a partner in our burgeoning tax team. In addition to my particular interest in the construction and agricultural sectors, I look forward to advising our expanding client base on all aspects of capital taxes planning, personal tax planning, tax investigations and property taxation.”
Graeme Finnie, French Duncan Managing Partner, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Harry and Hazel to the partnership. Harry is a great business developer who builds strong relationships with clients quickly and is perfectly suited to the role of Partner for our Entrepreneurial Services division.
“Hazel has been an outstanding performer throughout her time with the firm and has excelled since taking on the role of Head of Personal Tax. She is a great example of this firm recognising talent and nurturing it from early in her career.
“Indeed, both promotions are testament to our mission statement to recruit, train and retain the best quality people as we embark on the next phase of an ambitious evolutionary programme aimed at making French Duncan the exceptional mid-tier accountancy firm in Scotland.
“Harry and Hazel will be at the vanguard of our programme of change as we seek to anticipate market demands with the introduction of a range of significant initiatives over the months ahead.”
French Duncan is one of the most progressive accountancy practices in Scotland with 18 partners, a fee income of over £10 million, nearly 200 employees and a network of offices spanning Scotland’s Central Belt.
For further information please contact Graeme Finnie on tel 0141 221 2984
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