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Jayne Stokes ACA

Associate Director

  • ACA qualified with years of experience.
  • Former director at a Big Four firm, responsible for global mobility services in the Middle East.
  • Advises innovative businesses on R&D tax reliefs.

Expertise & specialisms

  • Tax
  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Pharma

Jayne is an experienced chartered accountant with Big Four experience, who has worked in both the UK and Middle East. She leads day-to-day management of ForrestBrown’s specialist tax advisory practice. 

After completing a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, Jayne began her career with Deloitte in 2006. She was based in the entrepreneurial business tax practice and studied for her ACA qualification.

In 2010, she moved to Dubai to help establish Deloitte’s international tax practice for the Middle East region. She managed a diverse portfolio of clients including large multinationals, owner-managed companies and startups.

Over the next 10 years, Jayne progressed from a senior manager to a director role. She successfully oversaw the growth of Deloitte’s Iraq tax services, leading a team that delivered across all aspects of corporate taxes, employee taxes and transactional and structuring work. Jayne also led the global mobility services for the Middle East region.

Jayne joined ForrestBrown in 2020 as part of our advisory practice, leading day-to-day management of client engagements. She brings a wealth of experience in leading complex tax advisory projects, which helps her provide invaluable advice to our clients. She also plays a key role in assessing and managing tax risks and leading client relationships with HMRC.

Jayne is passionate about working with our clients to understand the R&D tax relief available to them and unlock potential value. She specialises in the energy, chemistry and pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

For a growing global business at the forefront of innovation in orthopaedics, Jayne undertook a holistic review of claims prepared in-house, identifying significant additional qualifying expenditure. This involved working with ForrestBrown’s sector specialists to understand software development undertaken by the client and managing a range of stakeholders across client teams in the UK and overseas.

In her role with ForrestBrown, Jayne is focused on developing our advisory services to help more businesses across the UK benefit from R&D tax relief. This includes working with clients and accountants to create robust claims and providing strategic advice or specialist support should HMRC open an enquiry.

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