Meet the Team

David Gordon,

David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO in 1985 and spent two years as a Business Adviser with Ernst & Young and three years as Group Financial Controller with Dunedin Fund Managers Ltd, before joining KPMG in 1991 to specialise in tax. He qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in November 1991 and spent 10 years with KPMG, latterly as Senior Tax Manager. David also spent 4 years with Moores Rowland as a Senior Tax Manager. In 2004 he joined Cook & Co Limited as Tax partner with the remit to develop a tax practice within the firm.

David has experience in advising limited companies and individuals on tax compliance and tax planning matters. This ranges from corporate and group tax planning, employee remuneration issues including share schemes, corporate reorganisation and restructuring, VAT and some international tax planning. In relation to individuals, he has experience in capital gains tax and inheritance tax planning, residence and domicile planning and general pre-5 April tax planning.

Paula Speedie,

Paula’s career in tax began in 1984 in Touche Ross & Co. She joined Coopers and Lybrand five years later and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1989. Two years later she became a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners following her work on offshore trusts.  When her children were small she moved to Rutherford Manson Dowds as a personal tax manager and then worked part-time for KPMG for the next five years, dealing mainly with expatriate tax issues.

Paula joined Cook and Co in 2006 and deals with high net worth individuals and in particular capital gains and inheritance tax planning. She also specialises in tax planning for non residents and non domiciliaries.

William Vernall,

William qualified as a CA in February 2003 with Scott-Moncrieff and continued to work with this firm until May 2016, before joining Cook & Co as a Senior Manager in audit and accountancy.

William has experience in dealing with a wide range of commercial clients, including companies operating in the retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors. He participated in the firm’s technical committee, with responsibility for researching developments in legislation and standards. In addition, William has worked with many charitable organisations on both independent examination and audit assignments. These include social care service providers and urban regeneration companies. He has significant experience in this area.

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