Eilidh Hobbs

Eilidh is a member of our Entrepreneurial Taxes team and is ACCA qualified. She has over 3 years’ experience preparing R&D claims for companies across a range of sectors. She has a particular focus on the Tech industry, having previously worked at Edinburgh-based fintech success story FreeAgent.

As well as her involvement in R&D tax relief, Eilidh works on a range of other entrepreneurial taxes and corporation tax compliance on a day-to-day basis.

By Eilidh:

Raising standards in the tax advice market – how do you choose a tax adviser?

Key points from a recent case about Research and Development tax relief

Research & Development tax relief: common mistakes we see on claims already submitted to HMRC

How can R&D tax relief help cashflow during the recession?

Rupert Tussaud

Rupert is a Manager in our Corporate Finance team. He joined Chiene + Tait in 2018 have previously worked at EY (Edinburgh) and Barclays Wealth (London). He works with the wider Corporate Finance team advising on all aspects of corporate finance including M&A transactions, debt / equity fundraising, strategic reviews and valuations.

David Philp

Dave is an R&D Tax specialist and leads our R&D Tax offering.

Dave prepares, reviews and submits R&D tax claims for clients across multiple sectors. He has extensive experience of working with HMRC and has a 100% success rate of R&D tax credit submission.

By Dave:

Top tech in 2020: gadgets that have kept me smiling

Key questions to ask a research and development tax adviser

What qualifies as ‘Research & Development’ in the eyes of HMRC?

The top four misconceptions on R&D tax relief

Business must prepare for R&D tax relief crackdown

Construction Firms Missing Out on R&D Tax Relief

Are you missing out on Research & Development Tax Relief?

Grants v R&D tax credits – How to have your cake and eat it too!

Catriona Finnie

Catriona is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. She is a member of our Charity Group and regularly speaks at conferences and produces articles covering charity tax legislation.

Catriona is a member of HMRC’s Gift Aid working group and is the only Scottish accountancy member.

By Catriona:

How to Find Financial Expertise for Your Charity

Maximise Your Charity’s Income This Christmas

Do Charities Have to Submit a Tax Return?

Charity Commission recommends overhaul of UK charity tax system – Pt 3

Charity Commission recommends overhaul of UK charity tax system – Pt 2

Charity Commission recommends overhaul of UK charity tax system


Stuart Beattie

Stuart is Audit Senior Manager; he manages a number of audits with a particular focus on housing associations, corporate organisations and their subsidiaries, and charities.

He regularly produces comment pieces and analyses for our communications with our various sector groups, and is a member of our Social Housing Group.

Kerry Manton

Kerry is responsible for all marketing activities at Chiene + Tait.  After graduating from Napier University, Kerry moved to London and spent 8 years working with various non profit organisations in marketing, communications and business development roles.  She latterly specialised in healthcare marketing, working closely with charities and pharmaceutical companies to promote health campaigns across the UK.

Since moving to Chiene + Tait, Kerry now looks after all events, sponsorships, publications, marketing and digital media activities for the firm, in order to help achieve our aim as the pre-eminent, independent accountancy practice.

Finally, for a number of years she has been a member of the Professional Marketing Forum, sitting on the Scotland Committee since 2010 and from 2012 became Chairman of the Scotland branch.