Peter trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in their London office. He worked on multinational audits before transferring to their Liverpool office taxation department, later joining Ernst & Young to become a senior tax manager. He qualified as an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Peter was Chairman of the Liverpool Younger Members Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales for five years and was later Treasurer of the Institute’s Liverpool Society.
He joined Bresnan Walsh as an equity partner in December 1991. Having built the firm up from six staff to 22 staff working in various departments, he merged with Macfarlane + Co to form and lead BWMacfarlane LLP from 1 February 2011, growing it to the current team of 60 through further organic growth.
Peter’s blend of skills from his FCA and CTA qualifications and practice experience provides clients with a broad perspective and practical commercial advice. His focus is on improved business performance and enhanced value for clients, having worked with many SME clients in the areas of company structures, sales and re-sale, corporate financing and growth strategies. His specialist knowledge of business culture enables him to advise clients on managing change in business, and the causes of business strategic success and failure.
Peter has acted as an accountancy expert to the Courts since the mid 1990s and has written articles on forensic accountancy issues for publication in various legal journals, and has given talks on the subject to various groups and bodies. For Peter’s full forensic accountancy CV please download here
Peter is a member of the Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales’ Charity and Voluntary Sector Special Interest Group. Part of his role at BWMacfarlane is to work with our charity clients to gain a clear understanding of the impact of a charity’s activities in order to help them to understand the strategic options available and how to assess those options.
Peter is presently trustee of Open Awards, a national education Awarding Organisation. He has also been treasurer of a substantial charity for nearly 8 years, chaired the finance committee and sitting on the main Board for 5 years of a substantial North West housing association with property valued in excess of £150m. He was governor of an independent school in Liverpool for 3 years.
“I would like to thank Peter Taaffe and staff from BWMacfarlane for ensuring our compliance with current legal requirements. I have proposed their re-election at the annual general meeting.”
Charity Treasurer, on behalf of the trustees
“Many thanks Peter for attending the trustee meeting last night, I think the trustees found it useful. On behalf of myself and the board we would like to sincerely thank Dave and Sam for all their work and help before, during and after the audit. Their efficiency and professionalism is a credit to BWMacfarlane.”
Charity Director of Corporate Resources
“BWMacfarlane were absolutely brilliant in helping to guide us through what was a very tricky period. They worked closely with us to manage our finances and took negotiations out of our hands to ensure there was as little disruption to the business as possible.”
Business owner client
“We have developed a strong working relationship with BWMacfarlane and trust Peter Taaffe to draw on his experience of similar deals to help guide us through what can be a complex transaction to a successful completion. We are very grateful for his help.”
Andrew Holroyd CBE, Executive Chairman at the Jackson Canter Group, commenting on the acquisition of Lees Solicitors LLP
“I wish to thank you and your staff for your assistance in the rather complicated and sensitive matter of Trustee responsibilities.”
“Peter is one of the most honest businessmen I have met, and truly lives his values”
“Just like to say a big thank you Peter for your most generous support and expertise during our recruitment process.
Thanks for all your support at BWMacfarlane.”
“Thank you Peter for your valuable contribution to our Trustee meeting last week. Attendees unanimously agreed that it was very helpful and you helped us address issues that were concerning some people.”
“Peter is an outstanding professional , committed to offering the highest quality service at the very best value. A real innovator; with a wealth of expertise and knowledge you don’t expect to get outside of the big four, without the big four price. A guy you can really trust”
“Peter has been a vital element in the process of taking my company from being a ‘start up’ with vision, to being a reality. His teams of accountants and experts in tax are friendly and super efficient. I would recommend Peter and his firm very highly.”
“The Charity has recently been through a challenging year and Peter Taaffe was immensely supportive and helpful. We are extremely satisfied with the service provided”.
Chief Executive, Charity Audit and Accounts Client