Professionals pick up gongs
ERNST and Young picked up a hat-trick of wins at the Scottish Accountancy Awards.
At a ceremony in Glasgow the practice won best large firm, the Scottish government service team picked up team to watch and the Production Services Network team took the team of the year category.
The firm, led by managing partner Hywel Ball, was involved in many of the biggest deals during the year including the £1.7 billion takeover of Dana Petroleum by KNOC and Wood Groups acquisition of PSN.
One judge said: "The depth of presence in Scotland and their ambitious growth plans are a compelling story."
The lifetime achievement award was given to Norman Murray.
The current chairman of Cairn Energy and Petrofac is one of Scotland's most respected corporate figures and judges felt he was someone who holds up the "highest" standards of the accountancy profession.
Donald Boyd of Campbell Dallas won young accountant of the year ahead of Philip Milne from Ernst and Young and Claire Middlebrook from Henderson Loggie.
Judges said Boyd was: "A real hands on accountant who continues to demonstrate a lot of innovation and versatility for his clients."
Johnston Carmichael was named best medium firm for the fourth year in a row after reporting a double digit increase in fee income.
One panel member said: "A winner by quite some margin and clearly very responsive to its clients."
Aberdeen based Hall Morrice won best small firm and was praised for its "entrepreneurial" approach.
Paul Walker of BDO was named tax advisor of the year and the judging panel described him as: "An accountant who is clearly delivering a lot of value to his clients."