Birmingham man John Angood, a tax professional with BDO Stoy Hayward, has scooped a national prize in the Chartered Institute of Tax Examinations.
Mr Angood, with BDO Stoy Hayward since 2004 after completing a Masters Degree in Chemistry at Birmingham University, has been awarded the Gilbert Burr Medal for the best paper on General Practice, ahead of 856 other candidates.
Having completed his final year of the firm's three year accountancy course last summer, he is no stranger to winning awards.
He picked up first place and the Quilter Prize from governing body, the Institute for Chartered Accountants England and Wales, for his exceptional paper and examination results in Business Environment at the end of his second year on the course.
Richard Rose, head of tax for the Midlands, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for John reflecting all the hard work that he has put in to completing his professional qualifications in accountancy and taxation.
"Typical of John, he was quick to thank his colleagues for supporting him by managing his workload whilst he was studying. His results and comments regarding his colleagues reflect the quality of our people in the tax team at BDO Stoy Hayward, which is now approaching 70 in the Midlands."
The graduate scheme consists of a mix of 'hands on' work experience, college training courses, exams and report writing.
Lead partner at BDO Stoy Hayward's Midlands office, Mark Anslow, said: "Our graduate scheme takes a highly practical approach, allowing graduates to complete their training while handling their own accounts. This ensures that the training is continually put into practice and each graduate learns on the job.
"John has proven to be a real gem, his dedication and ability are outstanding and he thoroughly deserves the acknowledgments he has been awarded. His development during our graduate scheme has been incredibly impressive and we are very excited about him becoming fully involved in our tax team."
The Birmingham office has grown to over 300 staff and partners.