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Mid-tier secures big four director


A mid-tier firm has announced the appointment of a new partner as it looks to bolster its employment tax service line.

By Aidan Curtis 11 minute read

BDO has announced the appointment of James Trainor as a new tax partner in its Sydney office.

Mr Trainor, a former KPMG director specialising in employment taxes, had previously worked as the global head of employment taxes at Macquarie Group.

He had also previously worked as a senior manager at fellow big four firm Deloitte.


According to BDO, Mr Trainor’s expertise lies in fringe benefits tax, payroll tax, workers compensation, superannuation, employer PAYG obligations and employee remuneration.

BDO Sydney office managing partner Grant Saxon welcomed Mr Trainor’s appointment as the firm continues to see growth in its traditional tax and audit service lines.

“James will add strength to our specialist tax area as well as linking in our People Advisory offering,” Mr Saxon said.

BDO’s national leader for tax, Neil Billyard, said Mr Trainor’s appointment comes at a time where its tax division continues to grow, with its Sydney office recording a 20 per cent growth last year.

“James will bolster our employment taxes offering as he has deep experience in the design and taxation of employee remuneration, including incentive arrangements and employee share schemes,” Mr Billyard said.

“He has also been involved in the development of tax policy and design of taxation laws at state and federal levels, through participation in numerous consultation forums. His years of in-house practical experience also provides unique practical insights.

“These extra capabilities will allow us to offer a continued high level of service, with elevated expertise in the areas of superannuation, insurance, broader financial services, cross-border experience as well as private equity and transfer pricing.”

Aidan Curtis


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