RSM makes partner appointments in East Midlands tax team

19 May 2020 3 min. read
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Professional services firm RSM has appointed two new partners to strengthen and expand the firm’s corporate tax capability in the East Midlands. Simon Browning and Michael McLaughlin will work in the firm’s Nottingham office to support RSM’s clients through the on-going coronavirus crisis and beyond.

Richard King, Office Managing Partner for RSM in Nottingham, said, “Looking to the future, as the first-choice adviser to middle market leaders here in the East Midlands, our breadth of service line and sector capabilities, coupled with our unrivalled regional presence, make these appointments together with our future investment plans a very exciting prospect indeed. I look forward to working closely with Simon and Michael.”

Simon Browning brings over 20 years of experience working primarily with owner managed and private equity based businesses across the East Midlands region. He has spent spells with Deloitte, PKF and BDO, and most recently UHY Hacker Young, where he was recently Tax Partner / Managing Partner in its Nottingham branch.

Michael Mclaughlin and Simon Browning - RSM

Commenting on his arrival, Browning said, “I’m delighted to join RSM. The fundamental strengths of the business are what attracted me, not to mention the firm’s confidence in increased investment in these uncertain times – that’s exciting. It is a business that already enjoys great success and is well placed to continue to build on this.”

Michael McLaughlin meanwhile joins after 14 years with Big Four firm PwC, where he specialised in working with listed and private equity-backed businesses with an international footprint. McLaughlin also brings a strong working knowledge of the retail and consumer, manufacturing, and financial services sectors within the East Midlands region.

Speaking on his appointment, McLaughlin remarked, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. RSM is not only a business that enjoys a significant, diverse and growing market share at a national level, but one that offers a tax advisory practice that leads the East Midlands region in terms of its size and capability.”

Last year the R&D scheme provided over £180 million in tax relief to East Midlands-based businesses alone, something which has led RSM to double-down on its offering in tax this year. The pair will be based at RSM’s Nottingham office, alongside recently promoted Tax Partner Mike Plant.

Plant covers corporate tax, focusing largely on advising mid-market companies, international businesses and private equity-backed firms, and enjoys serving clients across the East Midlands. The market leading tax team was further bolstered by Sheetal Sanghvi’s recent promotion to Partner. She advises middle market and large businesses and heads up the firm’s R&D business across the Midlands, East Anglia and the South West.