Double delight for new Mark J Rees partners

The Leicester accountancy practice Mark J Rees is appointing two new partners – the first double partnership promotion in its 79-year history.

From December 1, Matt Vice and Phil Bott expand the number of partners at the Chartered Accountants to eight – and all eight have come through the ranks at the practice on Granville Road.

Both originally from Leicester, Matt and Phil have a combined 38 years of service at Mark J Rees where they each achieved chartered status.

Matt has been at Mark J Rees for 23 years, after joining aged 18 as a trainee. Matt, who lives in Stoughton, said: “When you start out in this career, becoming a partner is what you like to imagine could happen.

“It’s really rewarding that it’s happened here at Mark J Rees, having joined as a teenager and I hope it’s hugely encouraging to our trainees and juniors of today.”

Phil joined Mark J Rees 15 years ago after graduating from Birmingham University. He progressed through the practice from trainee.

Phil, who lives in Syston, said: “Being a partner has always been an aspiration. That level of progression has always happened here. All the partners have done the same which is a hallmark of Mark J Rees.”

As well as continuing to expand their client portfolios, both new partners will take on practice responsibilities.

Matt will spearhead cloud accounting for Mark J Rees and lead its liaison with the UK & international accounting network HCWA. Phil will develop the firm’s specialism in advising not for profit organisations, including charities.

Stewart Collier, partner, said: “Both Matt and Phil are totally dedicated to their clients and to the practice. They are so focused on their clients’ needs and always have been.

“Everyone in the firm can see what the new partners have achieved and will know that with commitment and hard work they too can progress and could one day be partners.”