Shorts appoint new tax director

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Shorts are delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Gooch as the most recent member of their rapidly expanding tax planning team.

Brian brings with him more than 22 years’ experience working within large independent and national accountancy firms locally.

He is a chartered tax adviser and chartered accountant who joins as tax technical director specialising in business taxation and VAT advice.

Welcoming Brian, tax partner Scott Burkinshaw said: “Brian is another top quality appointment for us.

“Over recent years we have continually strengthened our tax planning team to meet the demand created by our sustained growth and we now have in my view the pre-eminent tax team in the region.

“We continue to attract high-calibre recruits across the firm and have appointed almost 40 additional members of staff within the last two years alone who were attracted by being part of a quality growing firm.

“Our partner group is unrivalled within the local marketplace and the senior team that we have assembled around the partner group is similarly impressive: Brian represents another important addition to this expanding team.

“With a large number of our partners and staff having ‘Big 4’ or large national firm experience our clients can be confident when dealing with senior personnel from Shorts that they are working with some of the finest accountancy and tax professionals in the region.

“There has been a need in the Sheffield City Region for many years for a firm to provide proper proactive tax advice.

“At Shorts we recognised this gap in the market and we have therefore been focused on building the capacity and capability of our tax team.

“We now have more chartered tax advisers than any other independent firm in the region and this has been key in allowing us to be able to consistently bring leading edge tax solutions to our clients as a matter of course.”

Brian said: “I am thrilled to be joining such an impressive team and look forward to supporting the continuing exciting growth of the firm.

“Shorts is a highly regarded within the local professional and business communities and they are clearly focused on providing their clients with the very best service and advice”.

Anyone wishing to discuss their circumstances should contact a member of the Shorts tax team on 0114 2671617 or email