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Ben Lee promoted to partner at PKF Francis Clark

Taunton-based Ben Lee has become a partner in PKF Francis Clark’s latest round of promotions.

As well as leading its business services team in Taunton and Bristol, Ben is the accountancy firm’s head of blockchain and cryptocurrency, having established himself as a nationally renowned expert in this rapidly-evolving area.

He said: “I joined PKF Francis Clark in 2018 after moving to the South West from London, and I’m really glad to have joined a progressive, forward-looking firm that complements my modern take on how the profession can operate. They have supported me in pursuing my passion for crypto, and I’m very proud to lead an offering for clients involved in the digital asset space alongside my role as a client engagement partner. I’m truly grateful for the many colleagues who make the firm a pleasure to be a part of.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Prynne, a family business specialist based in Torquay, also becomes a partner, with legal sector specialist Nick Barnes and corporate services specialist and tax adviser Rob Deare promoted to directors.

Ryan said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed a partner in PKF Francis Clark. I joined the firm in August 2012 and knew almost instantly that this was the place I wanted to develop my career. PKF Francis Clark recognises the importance of its people and I’ve seen first-hand how they invest in the long-term development of their staff.

“Although I act for clients all over the country, Devon is my home and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be working with some brilliant people, in a forward-thinking firm that’s just a few minutes from the beach. I’m genuinely excited about my future with PKF Francis Clark and, in particular, mentoring and developing others within the firm to provide additional support for our many family business clients.”

New directors Nick and Rob have been with PKF Francis Clark since 2003 and 2013 respectively, based at the firm’s offices in Truro and Exeter.

Managing partner Andrew Richards said: “Alongside recruiting experienced professionals as we continue to grow our teams, developing our next generation of leaders within PKF Francis Clark is crucial to our success and the quality of service we deliver to our clients, so I’m hugely encouraged by the calibre of people we have progressing through the ranks.

“Congratulations to Ben, Ryan, Rob and Nick on their thoroughly deserved promotions. They have all worked very hard to get to this point and I look forward to seeing them flourish as they take this next step in their careers.”

Applications are currently open for PKF Francis Clark’s 2022 graduate and school leaver accountancy apprenticeships. More information can be found at

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