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New London office lead strengthens support for large businesses

James Gore - Corporate Affairs Lead
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David Byrne

ForrestBrown has announced a significant new senior hire as we continue to grow our presence in London. David Byrne, who joins us as Director, will lead a team of four based at Tower 42 in the heart of the City, strengthening our offer to companies operating or headquartered in the capital.

Extensive ‘blue chip’ experience

David has extensive experience in R&D tax and joins us from global professional services firm Alvarez and Marsal, where he built a client base of high profile listed and private companies across multiple sectors.

He also spent nearly 20 years as an IT professional, leading international teams for financial and media organisations, before helping to establish EY’s R&D tax team and subsequently becoming Innovation Tax Director for Deloitte.

Throughout his career David has worked on some of the UK’s largest R&D tax relief claims in sectors including software, media, telecoms and financial services, building a strong working relationship with HMRC in the process.

R&D tax relief for large and complex companies

David joins ForrestBrown at a pivotal time for R&D tax, both in terms of opportunities in the market and potential developments coming out of the recent government consultation. Commenting on his appointment, ForrestBrown’s Managing Director, Sara Brigden, said:

“David’s appointment bolsters ForrestBrown’s capability to deliver robust R&D tax relief claims for large and complex companies. His strong focus on client service aligns with our ethos of developing bespoke methodologies to maximise the benefit of investment in innovation while protecting businesses from risk.”

Sara Brigden, Managing Director

R&D tax advice for companies across the UK

This latest addition to our team in London follows the opening of ForestBrown’s office in Scotland last October as well as continued growth at our Bristol headquarters, where it all began back in 2013. It means that we are better placed than ever to work with clients right across the UK, providing convenient access to our team of tax experts and sector specialists.