Hot on the heels of several other new arrivals, Steve James joins the team in the role of Tax Manager.

Steve started life as an economist, or at least studied economics at Bath University. Here he had a fascinating sandwich year at the Bank of England where he got to sit in on preparatory monetary policy meetings and generally observe, and be part of, the inner workings of one of the nation’s major institutions. After graduating he embarked into the world of tax, first becoming a Chartered Accountant on the Ernst and Young graduate scheme, before moving to RSM Tenon and then BDO to gain more experience.

By and large Steve has focused on Corporation Tax but developed a special interest in R&D Tax Credits at BDO where he championed them nationwide within the firm. As well as taking on lots of cases this also meant that he collated intelligence on them and briefed specialist teams on best practice. Perfect preparation then for ForrestBrown where he will join the team that is claiming millions of pounds in R&D tax credits every year for some of the UK’s most innovative companies.

Steve is a sports fanatic and to say that he has a competitive streak is an understatement. He is a bit embarrassed to say that he recently batted some eight and nine year olds out of the park at a local dads vs lads cricket event – “Cricket needs as many young players coming through as possible, so I hope I didn’t put any off.” He is a member of his local cycling club and does the occasional triathlon and duathlon. He may be raising the stakes in the office as he has his eye on one day competing in an Iron Man event, although he emphasises he is only competing against himself. Steve has recently got into fishing following enthusiasm from his five year old son. Aside from sport Steve is engaged by politics and relishes debate on issues large and small. He also does volunteering work for a Bath-based homeless charity in a bike repair shop, and at a youth club. After a week or two under our roof, Steve commented:

I love the specialism of R&D work. Given the amount of time I spend on the saddle and fixing bikes it would be fascinating to see some claims from that innovative industry. I have found it interesting working on software claims – it’s an eye-opener seeing all innovation that goes into producing great websites.

Managing Director Simon Brown is pleased to be welcoming another Tax Manager:

Steve’s interest and experience in R&D tax credits allows him to hit the ground running. Good news as there is a lot of innovation going on in the UK economy which is keeping my growing team busy.