Petra Owen, associate partner and tax specialist of German audit and tax firm Hansa Partner, recently visited Cassons Lancashire office. Cassons and Hansa Partner are both members of BKR International, a leading global association of accounting firms.
Petra, who visited Cassons offices with her partner Thomas, came for a long weekend visit so that she could meet BKR colleagues from Cassons and then spend some time exploring rural Lancashire.
Les Nutter, Cassons Managing Partner explains: “We were delighted to welcome Petra and Thomas to our Lancashire office. We have been working with Petra on a number of mutual clients recently, so it was especially useful for Petra to meet the people she has been working with.
“We regularly meet up with Petra and her colleagues from Hansa Partner at the BKR EMEA and worldwide conferences and have developed a very good relationship so we were very happy for her to join us for a weekend.
“We frequently speak with Petra and members of the team in Hamburg on matters relating to both UK clients trading in Germany and German businesses trading in the UK so it is hugely beneficial for us to have such strong relationships.
Petra Owen said: “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet everyone at Cassons! It was a quick visit around the office but it was very useful to spend some time with Les, Helen Cowley (Cassons Director of Tax) who I speak with very often as we are both members of the BKR tax committee, and Nick Stockton (Client Relationship Partner) with whom I am currently dealing with 2 clients. I was even able to spend some time discussing marketing initiatives and our new website!”
Hansa Partner, with offices in Hamburg, combines audit, tax and legal consulting into one firm and, as a result, now practises as a “Partnerschaft mit beschränkter Berufshaftung”. This structure, which is the German equivalent of an LLP, is best suited for the size of the company and reflects professional practice in view of growing complexity of both tax and legal consulting.
BKR International is one of the top 10 global accounting associations representing the combined strength of 160 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 500 offices and 80 countries around the world.