French Duncan promotes two to partner

French Duncan promotes two to partner

Pictured (L-R): Tommy Bates, Elizabeth Leonard, and Stephen Hughes

Scottish mid-tier accountancy & business advisory firm French Duncan has promoted directors Tommy Bates and Elizabeth Leonard to partners, reflecting the contribution of both to the firm.

Mr Bates has been with the audit department of French Duncan since 2001, having qualified with a national accountancy firm. With over 20 years’ service, his breadth and depth of expertise is constantly of great benefit to colleagues both within the audit department and across the firm, and to the firm’s many clients.

Ms Leonard started her career at French Duncan, undertaking her tax traineeship in the late 1990s. The firm were delighted to welcome her back as tax director in 2021, to manage the corporate tax compliance function and the tax team. Ms Leonard has carried this role out exceptionally and she has quickly become a very well respected figure within the business, to both clients and colleagues alike.

Graeme Finnie, managing partner at French Duncan, said: “We’re delighted to announce these well deserved promotions within two of our core service lines, which sum up the dedication and commitment of Tommy and Elizabeth to the firm.

“Both Tommy and Elizabeth have contributed hugely to their respective departments and I couldn’t be more pleased that this has been recognised.”

Stephen Hughes, partner & chair at French Duncan, added: “I have known both Tommy and Elizabeth for some years now, having been at French Duncan when Elizabeth completed her traineeship with us back in the nineties.

“Tommy and I have worked on many audits together over the years and he’s been a constant support during that time. It’s been a real pleasure welcoming Elizabeth back to the firm and it’s no surprise to anyone that she has progressed as quickly as she has.’

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