James Dudbridge joins the UK’s largest specialist R&D tax credit consultancy
James Dudbridge has joined ForrestBrown, the UK’s largest specialist R&D tax credit consultancy, as an associate director. In this newly created position, James will take responsibility for the company’s advisory service. Working with ForrestBrown’s most specialist and experienced consultants, James will provide strategic R&D tax credit advice to both SMEs and large companies via bespoke consulting projects.
James’ role will include looking after the businesses’ enquiry support service. Launched earlier this year, this service aims to help businesses facing an HMRC enquiry into their R&D tax credit claims – whether those claims were prepared in-house or through another adviser.
In recent months, HMRC has made several changes to help prevent abuse of R&D tax incentives. In doing so, it has effectively raised the bar in terms of the standards it expects to see in support of R&D tax credit claims. ForrestBrown’s enquiry support service is a direct response to these changes and pre-empts the increased number of enquiries it expects to be opened into poorly prepared claims.
James is an expert in handling HMRC enquiries and disclosures, having previously worked as a senior associate at Burges Salmon LLP. There he specialised in the international aspects of tax and estate planning, providing advice for UK resident non-domiciliaries and international clients with assets in more than one jurisdiction. Prior to that James worked as a solicitor at Collyer Bristow LLP, where he helped establish the firm’s office in Geneva.
Simon Brown, managing director and founder of ForrestBrown said: “We are passionate about helping innovative businesses grow and providing growth fuel to the UK economy. Our enquiry support service will see a dedicated and multidisciplinary team of experts review R&D tax credit claims prepared by others. With James coming on board to deliver this offering, we are confident that the businesses of our enquiry support service clients will be protected as his team resolves their enquiries quickly and effectively.”
Talking about his new role, James commented: “Over the last decade, I have been lucky enough to build up significant experience providing tax advice to a wide variety of corporate and individual clients and have handled numerous HMRC enquiries and disclosures. However, I was keen for a new challenge and the fast-paced environment at ForrestBrown was a real draw. There are many talented people at the company, which means there’s plenty of scope to grow and really make use of the existing knowledge within the business. I’m particularly looking forward to playing a key part in developing a wide range of flexible and tailored services to clients.”
Named as one of eprivateclient’s Top 35 Under 35 2017, James also has a diploma in Trusts & Estates from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
ForrestBrown, which recently featured in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, celebrated its fifth birthday in 2018 and has more than doubled in size since June 2017.