Murray Harcourt beefs up tax advice practice

Left to right: Adam Gough, Richard Bright (front), Emily Bartliff, Joanne Powell and Neil Sengupta of Murray Harcourt
Left to right: Adam Gough, Richard Bright (front), Emily Bartliff, Joanne Powell and Neil Sengupta of Murray Harcourt
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Yorkshire tax adviser Neil ​​Sengupta and ​four of his colleagues ​have left Grant Thornton to ​​join the​ ​rapidly growing tax practice at independent business advisory firm Murray Harcourt.

​Mr ​Sengupta ​has been at ​Grant Thornton’s local tax practice for ​10 years.

With over 25 years’ experience of providing tax advice to a wide range of clients, from large, listed​ ​corporates to owner managed businesses, ​Murray Harcourt said Mr ​Sengupta has specialist experience of M&A transaction tax and has​ ​been involved in ​a number of high profile regional deals.

Mr ​Sengupta ​has been​ joined at Murray Harcourt by former Grant Thornton tax colleagues: ​tax director ​Joanne Powell, ​​senior tax manager​​ ​Emily Bartliff, ​​tax manager​ Adam Gough and senior tax​ ​manage​r Mike Crawley​.

Established in 2012 by partners Richard Bright and Mark Hunter, Murray Harcourt has grown rapidly over the​ ​past five years.

​Mr Bright, managing partner of Murray Harcourt, ​said: “This latest round of recruitment is great​ ​news for the continued growth of the firm and also for our clients.

​"​We pride ourselves on providing high​ ​quality, independent advice and outstanding service levels as well as delivering value. After just five years,

we have already established ourselves as a leading independent firm and we continue to receive fantastic​ ​feedback from our clients who say that we are making a genuine difference to them.”

​Mr Sengupta added: “I was inspired when I first met Richard and the rest of the partners, many of whom I​ ​have worked with previously in Big 4 firms. Their business philosophy is simple and client focused, rather​ ​than looking inwards.

​"​It enables us to work directly with businesses, getting closer to our clients and being​ ​nimble enough to swiftly respond to their needs and to changing regulations. With businesses, particularly in​ ​the mid-market, actively looking for specialist tax advice and support services, we can work in partnership​ ​with clients to add real value.

“It’s really exciting to be part of a boutique firm which is genuinely committed to shaking up the market and​ ​providing a more proactive service for entrepreneurial businesses both in Yorkshire and nationally.

Richard Bright ​said: “Neil and the team who have joined us are like-minded people who immediately​ ​understood our ethos and shared our desire to make a difference to dynamic businesses and their owners in​ ​the region and beyond. As a firm, we have some big ambitions and there’s no doubt that attracting and​ ​retaining the best people will be the key to us achieving them.”

​Murray Harcourt has offices in Leeds, Harrogate and London​.