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DJH Mitten Clarke has rebranded to DJH after three years, reflecting its merger history and nine acquisitions across the Midlands, North-West, and Yorkshire. The firm’s growth strategy emphasises team investment and new service lines, with CEO Scott Heath citing client feedback and industry recognition as drivers for the abbreviated name change, maintaining brand continuity while enhancing recognition.

PKF Francis Clark has promoted Sarah Brown, Mark Bishop, and Rob Deare to partner roles, recognising their contributions in private client tax, VAT, and audit, respectively. The South West’s largest independent firm emphasises talent development, with CEO Paul Crocker underscoring the trio’s dedication to client service and their journey within the organisation.

ACCA has applauded the mutual recognition agreement between UK and Australian audit authorities, easing auditor mobility amid talent scarcity. The deal facilitates cross-border qualification recognition, aligning with ACCA’s efforts to address audit talent challenges and ensure high-quality audits globally, as emphasised in its recent report.

Damon Brain has assumed the role of CEO at Duncan and Toplis, succeeding Adrian Reynolds, with a focus on strategic growth across the wider Midlands region. With 27 years at the firm and expertise in business advisory, Brain aims to expand capabilities and market presence, supported by a newly formed C-Level executive team. The firm’s operational growth strategy, backed by recent investment, underscores ambitions for expansion and service diversification.

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