Building strong relationships

There are plenty of accountancy firms to choose from, so what is it that sets us apart?

As well as being one of the largest accountancy firms in the Scottish Borders, our team of experts have an unrivalled wealth of experience, providing you with a full range of specialist accountancy and financial services.

But as well as our expertise, our reputation is also built upon the hands-on approach that we take with all of our clients, by offering easy and direct access to the experts in our team, we develop strong relationships that are built to last.

Ultimately, we are here to look after the financial needs of our clients and we never forget that or take you for granted. You will receive advice that is second to none but because we also recognise that every client is totally unique, we will take the time to get to know you and your business and treat you in a very individual way.

Unrivalled wealth of experience
Reputation built on hands-on approach
Strong relationships that are built to last

Growing business together

Whatever type of financial advice that you need, whether its business or personal, our team of specialists are here to help.

Our team consult across all aspects of accountancy; from advising and supporting every size and type of business to personal tax planning to ensuring that new business ventures get off to a flying start. We are more than qualified to handle all of your accountancy needs.

Let us introduce you to the JRW Hogg & Thorburn team who are based at locations across the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh, but with clients right across the country we are more than happy to advise you, wherever you are located.

Andrew Wayness

Partner

Qualifications

Qualified as Chartered Accountant with ICAS in 1986

Industry Expertise

Specialises in technical matters, Auditing, Club Accounts and Charities.

Achievements

Has contributed over 10 years of volunteering in the local Community serving as Treasurer of many sporting organisation, Sports Borders Ettrick & Lauderdale as well as being a past board member of Border College for 11 years.

About Me

Interests include golf, rugby and volunteering to help the Community.

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Kevin Crowford

Partner

Qualifications

Higher National Diploma in Accounting - Scottish College of Textiles (1985)
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (1990)

Industry Expertise

Responsible for a large portfolio of clients. Kevin has extensive experience in dealing with family owned and owner managed businesses, of all sizes, personal taxation and succession planning.

Specialist Expertise

A general accountancy practitioner with over 30 years experience in tax, Kevin has a wide range of knowledge in all matters tax, especially Personal Tax, Inheritance Tax Planning, Capital Gains Tax & Family Trusts (he currently acts as a trustee for a number of family trusts).

Achievements

Partner since 1996

About Me

Married to Shiela for over 25 years they have two children Lisa & Lewis.
Away from the office Kevin enjoys horse riding, golf and rugby.

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Vivien Hogg

Partner

Qualifications

BA (Accountancy and Finance) from Heriot Watt University in 1987
Qualified as Chartered Accountancy with ICAS in 1991

Industry Expertise

Particular expertise in land and estates, property and the agricultural sector.

Specialist Expertise

Vast experience on many aspects of the compliance and planning issues of Income Tax, Value Added Tax, Corporate and Capital Taxes as well as providing practical business advice for a broad spectrum of client types and industries with emphasis on the Owner Managed businesses.

One of the firms Registered Auditors.

Surprising Skill

Can drive a tractor and forklift (not at the same time!)

About Me

Interests include golf, walking and reading. Vivien is involved in various capacities within the family farming business.

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Alister Biggar

Partner

Qualifications

BCom (Hons) in Business Studies and Accounting from University of Edinburgh, 1992
Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1996 after training with in our Hawick office

Industry Expertise

Agriculture, Construction, Investment Companies, and not for profit organisations.

Specialist Expertise

Accounting, Business Advice & Tax Advice for sole traders, partnerships & limited companies.
Auditing of small & medium sized companies, charities & co-operative societies.
Firm’s Audit Compliance Partner.

Achievements

Became a partner in the firm in 2002

Surprising Skill

Completed 10 marathons - Alister enjoys running including competing in cross country races & marathons.

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Kevin Ferguson

Partner

Qualifications

BA (Accounting) from Edinburgh Napier University in 1990
Qualified as Chartered Accountancy with ICAS in 1993

Industry Expertise

Particular interest in the Agricultural and Motor sectors.

Specialist Expertise

Responsible for a broad spectrum of client types and industries with emphasis on the Owner Managed businesses.
One of the firms Registered Auditors.
Responsibility for our IT structure and computerised bookkeeping services.

Achievements

Currently serves as Treasurer of The Jim Clark Rally, Border Counties Rally and Hawick & Border Car Club. Secretary for Lauderdale Archery Club

Interests include rugby, rally marshalling, walking his dogs and reading.

Surprising Skill

Having held a first aid certificate for over 30 years this has helped when Kevin spent more than 20 years involved in mountain rescue, and when first on scene at accidents.

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Kenneth Adamson

Partner

Qualifications

Qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2006 (CTA)
Qualified as a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians in 2001 (ATT)
Member of the Federation of Tax Advisors, admitted 2006 (FFTA)

Industry Expertise

Particular interest in property tax.

Surprising Skill

Worked as a fitness instructor alongside working in a large accountancy firm in Edinburgh.

About Me

Completed 16 Marathons, in my younger days!

Interests include running, skiing, walking and spending time with my 3 boys.

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David Clarkson

Partner

Qualifications

BA in Accountancy & Finance (1998)
Chartered Accountant with 18 years PQE (ICAS qualified 2002)

Industry Expertise

Over 20 years experience of a wide range of general accountancy client practice areas, through management of a diverse client portfolio in Central and Southern Scotland. A focus on rural and farm business expertise.

Specialist Expertise

Particular expertise in the Road Haulage and Agricultural sectors

Achievements

Interests include post-vintage cars, fishing and hill walking.

Surprising Skill

I have three first time driving test passes!

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Joanne Gibson

Partner

Qualifications

BA in Accountancy & Finance 2005 (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009 (ICAS)

Industry Expertise

Joanne manages our payroll bureau and has a wide range of industry expertise especially in with construction and agriculture, along with expertise in varying sizes and structures of businesses from sole traders to large companies.

Specialist Expertise

Accountancy, Tax and Audit Services, Payroll

Surprising Skill

Learned to knit at a young age and have been knitting ever since. My little girl needs a bigger wardrobe for all the cosy cardigans she has now!

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Christiaan Hansen

Partner

Qualifications

Qualified as an Accountant with ACCA in 2013

Qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor with CIOT in 2017

Qualified as an Estate Tax Practioner with STEP in 2020

Specialist Expertise

Particular interest in Inheritance Tax Planning and business restructuring.

Assisting and advising on Trust and Estate related tax matters.

Surprising Skill

At school in South Africa I was placed first for art on two occasions and was accepted to a prestigious art school.

Interests include rugby, gym, and walking my Chihuahua.

About Me

Originally from Cape Town, however I have lived in the Borders most of my adult life. I am married to a local girl and have two young children.

Robert Johnstone

Associate

Qualifications

Higher National Diploma in Accounting 1990 (Scottish College of Textiles)

Industry Expertise

Manages a varied client base of sole traders, partnerships and small limited companies

Specialist Expertise

Accountancy advice for owner managed business clients.

Manages the firm’s Langholm office and also has a base at the Galashiels office.

Contact

01896 753374 (Galashiels office)
013873 80730 (Langholm office)

Jayne Rogerson

Associate

Qualifications

BA (Accounting) with distinction from Edinburgh Napier University in 1991

Qualified as a Chartered Accountancy with ICAS in 1994

Industry Expertise

Wide expertise gained over the last 30 years in the profession which covers many sectors including Garden Centres, Architects and Doctors.

Specialist Expertise

Manage a wide range of clients who are mostly Owner Managed businesses and provide a hands-on approach when dealing with clients to give them the best service I can.
Responsible for transition of clients moving to Cloud accounting software, in particular XERO and have a wide range of knowledge to support the team and clients in this area.

Surprising Skill

My competitive nature has resulted in me winning a few trophies at horse cross-country jump races and flat races across the Borders on Casper – great fun!

About Me

I am a mum to 3 grown up boys and two horses along with being Treasurer of The Friends of the Borders General Hospital and the Duke of Buccleuch Foxhounds. In addition, I provide support to other Riding Clubs and small charities in the area.

Interests include taking part in Local Border Festivals and competing at local events on my horses Casper and Ricky.

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Bruce Currie

Associate

Specialist Expertise

Specialises in Management Accounts and business advice, particularly in the hospitality industry, and is often found travelling around to see clients and ensuring they have as much help and support as we can provide. Bruces knowledge of his clients is second to none and he is committed to ensuring they receive a timely and comprehensive service.

Achievements

Treasurer of several organisations and charities both locally in Galashiels and throughout the Scottish Borders including Galashiels Golf Club, Borders Disabled Swimming Group and Border Golfers Association.

About Me

Bruce has two young children and spends any free time he has on the golf course.

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Kenneth Logan

Associate

Qualifications

MA (Hons) in Accountancy and Finance at Heriot Watt University graduated 2001
Chartered Accountant - qualified with ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) in 2004

Industry Expertise

Broad experience across many industries in Edinburgh's City Centre where I head up our Edinburgh office.

Specialist Expertise

Family owned and owner managed SME businesses
Cloud and desktop accounting
Business start-ups
Individual personal tax affairs
Tax planning

Achievements

Qualified Chartered Accountant
European Champion in Junior Chamber International for Best President in Europe in 2010.
Member of BNI, First 4 Business, The Merchant Company of Edinburgh and JCI Edinburgh.

Surprising Skill

Can bungee jump without making a noise – 007 style!

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John Craig

Consultant

Qualifications

MA in History, 1985, University of Edinburgh
Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy, 1987, University of Stirling
Chartered Accountant, 1994, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Industry Expertise

Responsible for a broad spectrum of owner managed business clients and a number of charities of varying types and sizes.

Specialist Expertise

Many years experience in providing accountancy, tax and VAT services across a wide range of business sectors including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and charities.

Achievements

Treasurer of local charity and brass band, Hawick Saxhorn Band. Treasurer and Director of Hawick Reivers Association which organises the annual Hawick Reivers Festival.

Contact

013873 80730 (Langholm office)
01450 372267 (Hawick office)