AAB bolsters innovation tax team with appointment of Alejandro Alcala-Canales

AAB bolsters innovation tax team with appointment of Alejandro Alcala-Canales

Alejandro Alcala-Canales

Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB), the tech-enabled business-critical services group, has appointed Alejandro Alcala-Canales, an experienced engineer, to join their innovation tax team.

Alejandro Alcala-Canales joins AAB following a successful engineering career and will be applying his sector-specific expertise to assisting companies claiming R&D tax relief. As a specialist in Innovation Taxes, Alejandro will work with AAB’s team across its network of offices around the UK.

Prior to joining AAB, Mr Alcala-Canales developed his specialist R&D expertise in a number of Innovation Tax relief roles. He has supported businesses with preparing R&D tax claims across the energy and renewables, manufacturing, construction, architecture and textiles sectors. Having previously worked as a mechanical engineer, he has developed a unique set of skills, alongside the technological and scientific expertise to provide businesses with the support they need to submit a successful R&D claim.



The innovations tax team at AAB has a strong track record in agreeing successful R&D claims with HMRC, securing £10 million of tax savings for clients in the last three years alone. The team also utilise the available Patent Box tax relief in order to reduce the effective tax rate on the profits of companies and their commercial transactions.

Derek Gemmell, partner and head of innovations tax at AAB, commented: “Alejandro is an excellent addition to our senior Innovations Tax team. R&D tax relief has become an increasingly important area as companies continue to innovate to create unique offerings, seeking new ways to grow and develop new products or service offerings. However, navigating through the process for claiming this relief can be a time-consuming challenge for businesses, with the risk of tax related penalties from HM Revenue & Customs should the claim be incorrect.

“Therefore, a specialist advisor to guide a company through the process of making a claim is always advisable, in order to ensure that robust evidence supporting the claim is available to HMRC if required. Such requirements are expected to become more common given recent HMRC consultation on the workings of R&D tax relief.

“Alejandro’s expertise adds a further dimension to our Innovations Tax offering, and to our ability to provide clients with solutions in this complex area.”

Alejandro Alcala-Canales added: “I am delighted to be joining AAB at what is an incredibly exciting time for the business. The Innovations Tax team not only have a fantastic track record in delivering for clients in this space but have ambitious growth plans. I am looking forward to playing my part in further developing this area of the business across Scotland and beyond.”

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