Accountancy and advisory firm Bishop Fleming has appointed three former Smith and Williamson partners to its Bristol office, strengthening its corporate finance and tax teams as it eyes further growth in 2022.
Having each spent more than 20 years at Smith and Williamson, corporate financiers Martyn Fraser and Matthew Pearson bring experience of mid-market corporate finance advisory projects. They add to Bishop Fleming’s large corporate finance team.
Additionally, tax specialist Peter Ball is joining the firm as a tax partner, bringing a range of experience in advising entrepreneurs and family groups.
The appointments come on the back of the firm’s performance in 2021 which reportedly saw record turnover, its greatest trainee intake into its apprenticeship programme, and the launch of a new flagship Bristol office.
Following several other recent senior appointments, including Len Dean who joined as head of VAT from PwC in Scotland, this trio of appointments bring Bishop Fleming’s partnerships to 36 and its people to over 420, which is reportedly its largest headcount to date.
Ria Burridge, audit partner and co-head of Bishop Fleming’s Bristol office, said: “We are delighted to welcome Martyn, Matthew, and Peter to our rapidly expanding Bristol team.
“Our Bristol and Bath business unit is on track to record double-digit growth and their appointments add considerable strength as we focus on expanding our capacity, capability and reach as a major force in the region.”
Andrew Sandiford, managing partner, added: “We’ve started this year like we ended the last. We have strong financial performance, a genuine optimism for the future and a determination to attract the very best people. We have bold plans to grow our business and I invite any talented people to speak to us to find out more.”