ForrestBrown are delighted to welcome corporate tax specialist Jennifer Tragner to the team as director. Jenny joins from French-headquartered Alma Consulting Group, where she was R&D tax director, responsible for the firms UK clients since 2013.

A chartered accountant and member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT), Jenny led Alma CG’s 11 strong team of R&D tax specialists, and was responsible for overseeing all claims serviced by the specialist consultancy. Prior to this role, she held a managerial role within KPMG’s Innovation Reliefs and Incentives team, and an assistant manager role in the big-four firm’s capital allowances unit.

Jenny has significant experience advising a range of blue-chip clients on maximising their R&D claims, working with a plethora of well-known brands including McLaren Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Telefonica O2 and Kimberly Clark. Jenny’s R&D experience spans FMCG, automotive, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing with a particular fondness for R&D claims in the food and drink sector.

Jenny holds a coveted seat on HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) R&D Consultative Committee, where she has fed into major policy consultations leading to new legislation governing the R&D tax credit scheme. Her work at ForrestBrown will see her continue this role, enabling the consultancy to advise its clients on the latest HMRC guidance concerning R&D tax relief as well as working with HMRC, HM Treasury and other stakeholders to help steer future policy decisions around R&D tax relief.

Commenting on her appointment, Jenny said:

“I am excited to be joining a vibrant company during a period of such sustained growth. One of the main attractions for me was the culture and ethos that Simon and the team have created, and the talent that the business has recruited.”

On her work with HMRC’s Consultative Committee, she said:

“I’ve held my seat with the committee for several years now and I make a point of being an active member. It’s a privileged seat to hold and I am keen to make the most of it in terms of helping to streamline the process of submitting R&D claims which is in the interest of both HMRC and the clients we as tax professionals represent.”

Managing Director, Simon Brown commented:

“Jenny’s track record speaks for itself and her involvement on the R&D Consultative Committee will add that extra layer of technical expertise and guidance that we can offer our clients. She will also be a major factor in our growth as we look to help many more companies benefit from the SME and Large Company R&D tax relief schemes.”

In the last 6 months ForrestBrown has recouped over £14.5m for clients with a 100% success rate for claims submitted to HMRC, and with Jenny’s appointment ForrestBrown is now able to boast a 17-strong team of R&D tax credit specialists.

It has recently developed its website to provide detailed information on how it can work in partnership with tax advisers to offer a niche and non-competing service to their clients.