Grant Thornton appoints new partner to Yorkshire tax practice

07 July 2020 2 min. read
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Audit and advisory firm Grant Thornton has appointed a new Partner to its Yorkshire tax practice. Dan Dickinson arrives following 11 years of work with Big Four firm EY in the UK and Singapore.

Commenting on his new challenge, Dickinson said, "I've spent my career supporting businesses to achieve their strategic goals as they operate and invest cross-border. I'm proud to be from Yorkshire and keen to work with businesses in the North of England to capitalise on the opportunities that international markets present. So Grant Thornton's strong focus on the regions combined with excellent international networks was very appealing to me. It's no secret the UK needs to level-up and I believe there is a great deal of untapped potential for businesses from Yorkshire and the North to do so.”

Holding a BA in International Economics from the University of Nottingham, Dickinson joined EY in 2006. He would go on to serve as a Director for the UK Tax Desk in the firm’s Singapore office from 2012, before returning to the UK three years later to take up the position of Director in International Tax Services. Following a three-year hiatus, Dickinson resumed activity with EY in 2019 – spending a further year as Associate Partner in International Tax and Transaction Services.

Rachel Engwell and Dan Dickinson

In his new role with Grant Thornton, Dickinson will serve as Partner in International and Corporate Tax for the North and Midlands. His experience of working both with SMEs and large multi-nationals on cross-border activity will be put to work advising clients on establishing operations overseas, cross-border financing, investment and intellectual property holding strategies, as well as the tax aspects of global M&A activity.

Grant Thornton's tax team in the North by Partner Rachel Engwell. She stated, "[Dan Dickinson] is a quality operator who joins with a superb reputation for developing cross-border relationships. His strong international tax experience and broad network is a great asset to our growing team and our expanding client base… The impact of Covid-19 is complex and still largely unknown in the medium to long term, but I have been pleased to see our region respond so positively. Globalisation is here to stay and there are both opportunities and challenges for traditional industries and 21st century technology sectors."

As it braces for a 20% fall in profits, Grant Thornton recently became the first top-tier professional services firm to announce redundancies during the coronavirus pandemic. The news that 70 jobs in the firm’s tax and consulting divisions were scheduled for the axe angered some, as Grant Thornton had steadfastly refused to avail itself of the Government’s job retention scheme.