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Haines Watts expands during lockdown

Haines Watts has confirmed seven new appointments to its team since lockdown began, in a bid to “actively” and strengthen its business as part of an ongoing growth strategy. 

The new team members have joined its North East team across five different disciplines, including VAT, tax incentives and reliefs, audit, business support and private client. 

Katrina Lawson is among the new recruits, joining the firm as regional head of finance and operations. According to Haines Watts, she brings a “wealth” of experience across a variety of different sectors to the role.

Lawson said: “The team has given me such a warm welcome in my first few weeks at Haines Watts. 

“It has been a very different experience starting in a new position during the lockdown period, but the wonders of communication through Zoom and Teams has meant it has felt as near to normal as possible.”

Alastair Murray will also join the firm as a private client associate partner, bringing with him over 18 years of experience. 

Murray said: “I’m delighted to be joining the tax team at Haines Watts. The main focus of my work in recent years has been in advising business owners and it feels great to be joining a firm that shares my enthusiasm for working with entrepreneurial clients across the North East. 

“Whilst it has been somewhat unusual starting in a role whilst working from home, Donna and the wider Haines Watts team have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome and I look forward to supporting clients during these challenging times.”

Regional managing partner, Donna Bulmer, said: “I am thrilled to have welcomed new recruits to our growing team during these uncertain times. 

“We’ve developed an entirely new way of onboarding, to ensure everyone has felt as welcome as possible when joining whilst we are working from home.”

She added: “Being able to offer opportunities in a time of real uncertainty is something we’re really proud of. We still have a number of exciting roles available for those wishing to join our growing team and I look forward to welcoming more people to Haines Watts in the coming months.”

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