Ed is the Regional Managing Partner for BDO in the North West, leading the office hubs based in Manchester and Liverpool including a team in excess of 20 Partners. He is a regular contributor to both local and national media on tax and business issues impacting the entrepreneurial businesses that are at the core of BDO’s client base. This has included numerous appearances on BBC Radio and TV, notably Radio 5Live’s Wake up To Money Budget previews.
In addition, Ed still retains a core client base. He specialises in assisting both companies and individuals to manage their tax risks; either in response to specific HMRC enquiries or to proactively manage their tax risks to reduce their risk profile. This builds on the 10 years’ experience he had as an HMRC Inspector and the subsequent 25 years he has spent in private practice supporting clients. Since joining BDO in 2008 he has built the Tax Assurance and Risk Management Practice from scratch.
It now provides clients (from private companies to the largest multinationals) with a range of services to meet the ever-increasing demands of UK Tax Regulations. BDO’s approach to Senior Accounting Officer compliance using Internal Audit methodology to frame its output has been praised by both clients and HMRC for its clarity. More recently the team have developed similarly robust approaches to the Corporate Criminal Offence of the Facilitation of Tax Evasion, Tax Risk Registers and Tax Control Frameworks. Ed also regularly interacts with HMRC policymakers to ensure that his clients enjoy excellent insight into the likely future direction of UK and Global Tax Risk policy.