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June 2009

Hall Morrice Trainee Chartered Accountant Scoops ICAS Prize

A trainee from Aberdeen-based chartered accountants firm Hall Morrice has scooped a prestigious prize from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) for achieving the second highest marks in the UK for his CA training examinations Paul Archibald was awarded a Distinction Certificate and The Walid Chorbachi Prize, which is presented to the candidate with the second best performance in the May diet of the Test of Professional Expertise (TPE). Paul is the only trainee from an Aberdeen university to receive an ICAS accolade this year.

Paul is working principally within Hall Morrice’s audit and accounts department, assisting clients with year end compliance matters. The 23-year-old is a former pupil of Ellon Academy and an alumnus of the Robert Gordon University, where he graduated in 2007 with a first class BA Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance. As part of his degree, Paul spent one year working on placement at Hall Morrice before the firm asked him to join on a permanent basis.

Paul says, “Winning this award as well as a Distinction for my performance in the May exams is a real boost in my ambition to become a qualified Chartered Accountant. Both RGU and Hall Morrice provided me with a lot of support in working towards my qualifications which I hope to complete in January next year. I hope that this marks the start of a long and successful career as a Chartered Accountant with Hall Morrice.”

Ian Morrice, managing partner at Hall Morrice says, “Paul is the first ICAS prizewinning CA student that Hall Morrice has had. This is an enormous achievement for Paul which recognises the excellent training available within Hall Morrice. This success underlines the firm’s commitment to train quality individuals to assist in the overall growth of the practice.

“As part of Hall Morrice’s training programme, we usually take on two or three graduates per year from RGU. Having recognised Paul’s potential, Hall Morrice started his CA training halfway through his placement year – this was an unusual move reserved for only the most talented students. This headstart means that Paul will complete his CA training six months ahead of his peers, putting him a step ahead in becoming a Chartered Accountant.”

The TPE part of Paul’s training formed part of a pilot scheme which involved students using laptops during the exams for the first time this year. Hall Morrice was one of a handful of accountancy firms which agreed to do it.

Elizabeth Gammie, Head of the Accounting and Finance department at Robert Gordon University says, “We’re thrilled to bits about Paul’s ICAS success and seeing another RGU graduate doing so well professionally is fantastic. Paul was up against Oxbridge students and a very high calibre of former graduates so this really is an achievement.

“The Accounting and Finance degree at RGU is unique in that it allows the students to experience a placement in their third year. This not only offers them a taster of what to expect once in the workplace but it also offers employers a long but extremely useful interview period. Hall Morrice has long been supporters of this course and has in the past come into the university for talks – this is a huge benefit to the students and is one of the reasons they are so well rounded once they have graduated.”

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