In what has been a year of unprecedented growth for leading accountancy practice Aston Shaw, the firm are pleased to announce the acquisition of local tax practice A&T Associates owned by Richard Harris after he retires on 1st December 2015. This deal marks the second practice acquisition in under 6 months for the firm, continuing Aston Shaw’s ever growing presence in the East Anglian region.
Richard Harris is a seasoned tax advisor with a notable background as an HMRC Inspector, tax lecturer, in-house trainer and tax manager for some of the UKs most high profile firms such as PWC, KPMG, BDO and Grant Thornton, before setting up his own tax practice in 1994. The Norwich based practice boasts an impressive 350 strong client base and offers a full range of specialist tax related services to both individuals and SMEs in Norfolk.
Commenting on the transaction, Richard Harris said: “The practice has been a big part of my life for more than 20 years. I am delighted to have found a successor with such an enviable reputation for expert technical tax advice, that is ideally placed to continue to consult and implement intricate tax strategies for my clients.”
Mark Noakes, Director of Aston Shaw added: “The acquisition is a strategic move for us, taking advantage of the improving economic climate within the region and driving forward our plans for continued sustainable growth. The deal complements Aston Shaw’s core assurance, advisory and tax capabilities – we work closely with clients to create and maintain an optimal tax position that is of benefit to them and their business.”
This is the latest in a series of moves to drive expansion of the 6 office regional firm – with even more developments in the pipeline before the end of the year.