French Duncan's Michelle Halligan named Young Accountant of the Year
21 June 2013
MICHELLE Halligan, tax assistant manager at leading mid-tier accountancy firm French Duncan, has been named Young Accountant of the Year at this year’s Scottish Accountancy Awards.
Having started her career as a trainee handling personal tax and VAT before specialising in corporate tax, Halligan’s recent training and work experience in VAT and other indirect taxes mean that she now offers clients advice in all these areas.
Earlier this year Halligan qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor, the highest level of tax qualification available in the UK. Unusually, she chose to study the VAT and Other Indirect Taxes route, on her own initiative.
There were no courses available in Scotland to do this route of study so she had to do it all herself through home study. Halligan was the only person in Scotland who sat the indirect taxes application paper in the November 2012 sitting.
She has a VAT diploma and has a keen interest in that area of tax. ATT qualified, she also has an LLB from Glasgow University.
Halligan said: “I’m delighted to win this award and would like to thank the tax team and all my colleagues at French Duncan for their continued assistance and support.
“As Tax Assistant Manager, my responsibilities involve corporate tax compliance and advisory services, and include management of a varied portfolio of clients from small and medium sized companies to a large PLC group.
“I particularly enjoy the fact that each company is different, with its own issues and peculiarities, and look forward to working alongside my colleagues to provide our clients with a comprehensive business advisory service.”
Ann Somerville, head of tax at French Duncan, said: “Congratulations to Michelle, who thoroughly deserves this award. As a firm, we have consistently invested significant resource in the development of our team and I am delighted that Michelle has become a major beneficiary of that policy.
“A real asset to our tax team, Michelle is but one of a number of talented CTA qualified staff below manager level at French Duncan that serve to demonstrate the depth of expertise we now have at our disposal.
“Very much a team within a team, our tax group concentrates its focus on the provision of advice to Scotland’s dynamic SME sector, where we consider the future growth of the economy to reside. I very much look forward to continue working alongside Michelle to help our entrepreneurial clients make the most of the opportunities arising as we start to emerge from the prolonged economic downturn.”
Now in its sixth year, the coveted Scottish Accountancy Awards are recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of Scotland’s accountancy profession.