New appointment boosts firm’s tax offering

Pictured: Neil Whittingham and Scott Lees

Wigan based accountancy and business advisory firm NR Barton has appointed former top ten tax advisor Scott Lees to head up its tax offering.

Scott, a former Tax Manager at Azets (formerly CLB Coopers) in Bolton, specialises in personal and corporate tax advisory for owner managed businesses. He has experience across multiple industries including construction, manufacturers, and leisure businesses.

Scott’s appointment to the practice at NR Barton comes the same month as the firm announced a record graduate and apprentice intake.

Neil Whittingham, partner at NR Barton, said: “Our success as a firm is down to being able to offer businesses that high-level, specialist expertise.

“Scott is a highly regarded professional and his appointment allows us to do more of the specialist tax planning work that’s in demand from across our client base, especially the larger clients. He brings a wealth of experience and ‘top-ten’ knowledge, which takes our tax service to the next level.”

Scott added: “I’m excited to be bringing the skills and experience gained after over eleven years at CLB Coopers and latterly Azets, to NR Barton. I have admired the trajectory of the practice from afar in recent times and I’m delighted to be heading up the firm’s tax offering. It’s a great opportunity to help the firm further enhance its service offering to existing clients and to expand its growing client base.”

Scott’s career began at CLB Coopers in Bolton in 2010, before the firm became Baldwins and more latterly Azets. He has a wide range of specialist tax experience and will be responsible for growing and developing the NR Barton tax offering.


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