Garbutt + Elliott appoint new Business Tax Director


Garbutt + Elliott have appointed a new Business Tax Director to their team, further expanding their client services and bringing their tax team personnel to 18.

Steve Holmes has 13 years’ experience within the tax sector, and joins the firm having previously held senior tax management consulting roles, specialising in Research and Development (R&D) tax relief. His extensive experience helping clients with a range of tax saving ideas is an important addition to Garbutt + Elliott’s Leeds office and sees the continued growth of the firm’s tax service across Yorkshire.  Steve also has extensive experience implementing various types of share schemes, to help clients incentivise, reward and retain their key employees.

Rob Durrant-Walker, Head of Business Tax says “I have worked with Steve previously and am delighted that he has joined our tax team. He has great general tax knowledge with a sensible and commercial approach that our clients will appreciate. We already save our clients millions of pounds of tax each year through R&D and have a perfect R&D claims record with HMRC. The addition of Steve to our team will further enhance our existing R&D offering for innovative companies.”

Rob adds “Steve and I are both big American football fans, so it’s good to have another follower here who can share the pains of each season. Steve’s Buffalo Bills are just as unsuccessful in recent years as my Washington Redskins, and at least we can take “Wilson” out now and again and go and play ball on a lunchtime.”

Welcoming Steve to the firm, Garbutt + Elliott’s Managing Partner, Russell Turner, says, “Steve has vast experience within the tax sector and is highly regarded for his specific areas of expertise. We are thrilled with his appointment, which highlights our ongoing commitment to offer business owners the best possible support across the board from the best possible people.”