Yorkshire based chartered accountancy and business advisory firm Hentons has made two new appointments, within its specialist Tax Advisory team.

Hentons, which is ranked as one of the top 100 accountancy firms in the UK, has appointed Luke Pickering and Connor Smith (pictured) as tax advisory managers.

Luke is a qualified accountant and tax advisor with more than 16 years industry experience. He initially worked as a general accountant before moving into tax planning. Luke specialises in providing advice around trusts and inheritance tax and is an expert in planning opportunities for business owners, as well as families with existing trusts.

Luke said: “I will be working with clients planning for the future and providing for their families and loved ones. I offer tailored advice on personal tax exemptions and allowances, so clients are in the best position possible from a tax perspective. My general accountancy background means that when I’m talking with clients and SME business owners, I understand their business finances too, which creates a comprehensive approach to tax planning. I’ve also worked a lot with farmers and landowners over the years, and my ultimate goal for every client is to help them pass their estate onto their families, in the most tax efficient way.”

Connor joins from accountancy firm Shorts, having qualified as a chartered tax adviser five years ago. Connor assists business owners with all aspects of their affairs through from acquiring or incorporating the business, tax efficient advice throughout ownership and then an eventual exit plan from the business. He provides commercially driven advice to his clients to help them achieve both their short and long term objectives.

Tax partner, Simon Roberts, said: “Luke and Connor are excellent additions to our team. They have the right skill sets, experience and personality to really deliver for our clients. Our service is very bespoke and having the right people deliver that advice is very important. The pandemic has made us all much more aware of the risks of not planning for the future and over the last 12 months we have increased the size of our team to meet the increased demand for tax advice that our clients want and need as they adapt to a post-Covid world.”