BDO appoints KPMG alumni Richard Barnwell and Steven Law as Partners

06 October 2017

BDO has boosted its UK operation with the addition of two Partners to its ranks. Both former KPMG employees, Richard Barnwell joins the firm’s financial services team; while Steven Law joins the firm’s forensics practice, following a stint at the Berkeley Research Group.

Richard Barnwell worked at KPMG prior to joining BDO, reaching the rank of Director at the Big Four consultancy, following a four-year stint as a Senior Manager between 2009 and 2013. He was previously at consulting industry rival firm EY for 2 years as a Manager, following 2 years at KPMG, also as Manager. Barnwell started his career at the Financial Services Authority where, over a period of five years, he rose to the role of Senior Associate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Bristol.

Barnwell joins BDO as a Partner in its financial services team, where he will be tasked with advisory services to clients on issues pertaining to regulatory and compliance matters. His work across both public and private financial services entities has seen him develop a broad skill-base, including personnel reviews, designing and implementing regulatory compliant governance frameworks, undertaking remediation reviews and applying new regulatory legislation – which, with the approach of the GDPR in May 2018, will be of great importance to clients in the coming year particularly.

Remarking on the addition, BDO Managing Partner Paul Eagland said, “The financial services sector is evolving and adapting as a result of intense competition, economic uncertainty and increasing customer expectations. He added, “Richard’s appointment reinforces our commitment to ensuring our clients receive the best advice to manage these demands. His wealth of experience will make a valuable addition to our already strong financial services team and our growing focus on the wealth and asset management sectors.”

Steven Law and Richard Barnwell - BDO

Steven Law, meanwhile, worked at Berkeley Research Group, where he was most recently a Partner. A fellow KPMG alumnus – where he focused on supporting clients with disputes and regulatory matters, he was also previously employed by Big Four rival Deloitte and AlixPartners.

Law joins BDO’s London forensic services team as a Partner. He is tasked with supporting the firm’s mid-market clients with issues pertaining to damages in competition and anti-trust matters, quantification of losses, contentious private business valuations and post-acquisition disputes.

Reflecting on the appointment Eagland, commented, “Legal disputes and financial investigations are now common place in the business world. Having experts with significant experience in dealing with complex cases gives our clients complete peace of mind at what can be a very challenging time.”

Regarding the team Law will join, Eagland added, “We have one of the most impressive forensic and dispute advisory practices in the UK. The team has considerable experience in advising on complex disputes and litigious matters across multiple jurisdictions. Steven’s appointment reinforces our commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent in this area.”


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.