Name: Paul Burrows
Date joined Lang Bennetts: September 2000
Qualifications and experience: I joined Lang Bennetts as a trainee accountant in the year 2000 after completing a chemistry degree at the University of Southampton.
I gained the ACCA qualification in 2004, and was later admitted as a fellow of the Association.
Audit and compliance - as audit manager I lead our audit teams in dealing with clients across the full spectrum of the Cornish economy including manufacturing, engineering, construction, hospitality and tourism, leisure and the care sector.
I also deal with a portfolio of individuals, businesses and companies advising on accounting, personal and business tax planning and compliance.
I also have a particular interest in clients in the charity and not-for-profit sector and regularly provide advice and support to clients in this area.
Creative Industry Tax Reliefs - I have been involved in obtaining tax repayments for our clients in the creative sector, with total tax repayments now approaching a 6-figure sum.
I have used the Creative Industry Tax Reliefs to obtain repayments for a film, a number of theatre productions and more recently video games.
Scientific and technological - given my background in science, I have a particular interest in the tax advantages of scientific and technological research and development, having recently been involved in making claims for R&D tax credits for some extremely interesting projects undertaken by our clients.
Tax-efficient investment - I have successfully applied for SEIS clearance for investors seeking tax-efficient investment in new businesses, recently enabling investment in medical software, computer gaming and big data start-ups.
Education - I have recently been involved in providing lectures and other support to university students throughout the course of their business and entrepreneurship degree at a local university.
Special assignments - other interests include ad-hoc special reporting assignments including business valuations, due diligence work, dealing with the financial aspects of business plans and projections for new and established businesses.
Outside interests: Out of work I am enjoying being fully engrossed in family life with my young daughter. I also have a keen interest in computing, technology and gadgets and I hope one day to rekindle my interest in boating.
Interesting fact about yourself: I enjoy aerial photography and can often be found flying my quadcopter near various Cornish landmarks. I have also recently acquired a 3d printer and have been designing and printing random plastic objects!