Rory Fothergill


I’m Rory and I work in the tax department.

Although based in the Northwest I am responsible for managing clients of varying sizes across the UK.  I work and specialise across a number of tax areas including corporation tax, personal tax, capital gains tax, remuneration, benefit tax planning, property tax and strategic tax planning.  The area of tax I enjoy most though and focus on, is innovative tax reliefs including, Research & Development (R&D) Relief.

I head up the R&D function in the tax team and I’m responsible for managing numerous R&D qualifying clients.  My Father was an experienced scientist and inventor so, I’ve seen first-hand the blood, sweat and tears that go into trying to develop innovative ideas and commercialise them.  It’s part of my job to support the innovative clients and maximise the tax reliefs and savings they can make, to increase the chance of helping to make their businesses a success and support them in achieving business growth.

I am very down to earth and believe the way to maximise the value I can add as a tax advisor is to fully understand the businesses I’m working with and communicate regularly to achieve this.  I’m approachable and accessible and always happy to discuss any issues you may be facing, so I can proactively provide tax planning advice to support you in the most valuable way.

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The nitty-gritty
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA)

My story
I joined the firm in 2004 working my way up from a trainee to tax manager.  I manage the more junior members of the team and I’m responsible for the training, development and mentoring of the tax trainees.

I regularly contribute to technical articles and provide training on R&D tax relief to the team and wider firm.

I work closely with the other teams to ensure clients receive comprehensive advice.  I believe the best advice and service can be offered by working closely with other teams and professionals, both internally and externally.

I do this too….
I try my best to keep fit as a member of a local gym and go running and walking as much as possible.  I love a good trek up a mountain or two and I enjoy nice holidays filled with adventure.

My biggest passion and proudest achievement though is my daughter Eve.  I love spending time with her and seeing her grow and develop.  She makes me smile and laugh every day.