Johnston Carmichael grows private client expertise with senior hire


Susie Walker

Susie Walker

Partner & Head of Tax

05 March 2019


Johnston Carmichael has strengthened its private client tax team with a new senior appointment as part of its strategy to offer Scotland’s most comprehensive tax advice service.

Max Chassels has joined Johnston Carmichael as Private Client Tax Director and will is based at the firm’s Aberdeen office.

He brings more than 12 years of experience gained at Big Four firms, and will provide personal tax advice to a range of individuals, partnerships and companies with a focus on transaction-based work.

This includes advising shareholders and management teams on the tax implications of MBOs/MBIs/trade sales which often includes the design and implementation of share structures and share/option incentive plans – as well as buy-side tax advice to private equity funds and corporates on acquisition, consideration and earn-out mechanisms.

He also has significant experience of advising clients on the tax implications of tax efficient investments such as BPRA, EIS, SEIS and VCT.

Max said: “I am proud to be joining Johnston Carmichael which offers one of the most extensive tax teams in Scotland and has ambitious plans to be the country’s voice of taxation.

“The unique challenges and opportunities inherent in private client tax also creates a highly rewarding career.”

Susie Walker, Head of Tax at Johnston Carmichael, said:

“Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex regulatory framework, the need for robust specialist private client tax advice and planning has become greater than ever.

Max brings a wealth of experience in advising a diverse range of clients from high net worth individuals and their families to private equity funds and companies carrying out significant buy and sell-side transactions of up to £1bn. We welcome Max to the Johnston Carmichael tax team and look forward to introducing him to existing and future clients.

Johnston Carmichael provides tax advice to more than 16,000 clients, handling their personal, business and corporate tax affairs and helping them navigate an area subject to complex and constantly changing regulations. The firm’s specialist team provides assistance across key areas including capital tax planning, independent wealth management, tax compliance and succession planning.