Tax Accountants

Top 10

PAUL AYRES

BDO

Promoted to national head of BDO’s private client team earlier this year, Ayres is in demand. With information exchanges such as the FATCA-inspired Common Reporting Standard coming into effect in more than 50 countries, international HNWs need to be warier… Read More

TONY COHEN

DELOITTE

Promoted to vice-chairman in 2015, the client-facing Tony Cohen is also the global head of Deloitte’s private client and private company business in London. His expansive role sees him ensuring the firm is ‘globally coherent’, guaranteeing its social impact through… Read More

MARK DAVIES

MARK DAVIES & ASSOCIATES

‘[The financial crash] was really good for us,’ says Davies. ‘Everyone had less money, so people shopped around.’ His appreciation of competition, twinned with timely changes to non-dom tax law, has seen the Channel Islander’s business boom. Starting with a… Read More

JAMES HENDER

SAFFERY CHAMPNESS

The past year has been ‘exceptionally busy’ for Hender; but the head of Saffery Champness’ private wealth practice, who has served the Square Mile for over two decades, has offered some relief to clients disentangling themselves from avoidance ‘schemes’. ‘It’s… Read More

LIZ HENSON

PWC

A first choice for UHNWs in need of strategic oversight and planning, Liz Henson leads PwC’s private client and private business practice in London. In the past twelve months, the firm has put an increasing emphasis on its African and… Read More

PAULA HIGGLETON

DELOITTE

‘The only certain thing is that we will have a period of uncertainty,’ says Higgleton of the post-Brexit reckoning. ‘The key thing is to make sure no one does anything rash.’ There’s plenty going on outside Brexit’s shadow, she adds,… Read More

PAUL HOCKING

FRANK HIRTH

‘I’ll put my cards on the table, I was very strong Remainer and I felt the Leave campaign was conducted in a way where there was no plan and until that plan gets firmed up then the terms of our… Read More

WENDY WALTON

BDO

The private client industry was a different world when Walton, the winner of the Spear’s Private Client Accountant of the Year award in 2014, started working at BDO in the late Eighties. Back then her role was focused on UK… Read More

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RACHEL BENTLEY

PWC

Like many in this index, Bentley holds an interest in the role of fiscal law in society. However, she is probably the only one with a Masters degree on the subject from a Japanese university. Now based in London, she… Read More

DERMOT CALLINAN

KPMG

The year has been ‘very challenging’, with clients left in a quandary created by the non-dom reform and the EU referendum vote, Callinan says. It is a period where trusted advisers become indispensable: ‘And in a period of uncertainty, clients… Read More

VICTOR DAUPPE

ARRAM BERLYN GARDNER

Given the ever closer circles of the tax Venn diagram, you could do worse than hire an ‘all-rounder’ like Dauppe during a time of uncertainty such as Brexit, when ‘nobody knows what the Government’s going to do’. His experience in… Read More

BEN GRIST

DIXON WILSON

Grist’s advice is his bond. He sees his role not as a retained bean counter, but as a trusted facilitator who can recognise a client’s trajectory to wealth early on in their career. Once he has established that relationship, he… Read More

MARY HASE

BUZZACOTT

Hase started off as a tax lawyer, but quickly realised the profession was not fast-paced enough. Instead, she chose the adrenalin-appropriate accountancy route, where tax returns were completed ‘within a week or two’. The straight-talking private client director believes that… Read More

DAN HYDE

WESTLETON DRAKE

Private clients are becoming increasingly savvy in understanding their tax affairs, Hyde says. When advising a new breed of a‘more tax competent demographic’, he says it is important to add value to clients by making sure that the advice on… Read More

SIMON JENNINGS

RAWLINSON & HUNTER

‘We have an uncertain future now, which is always a little concerning,’ says Jennings of the post-Brexit tax landscape. ‘I have seen on this occasion — much more noticeably than in 2008, when there were changes to the rules on… Read More

JEFF MILLINGTON

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

It’s a case of gamekeeper turned poacher for Millington, who started his career at HMRC aged seventeen and left 24 years later. ‘It helps,’ he says, ‘if you know what the inspector is thinking.’ Millington says inexperienced inspectors often get… Read More

NICOLA ROBERTS

DELOITTE

The brilliant thing about being at Deloitte, its newly appointed head of private client in London says, is the opportunities available to move up the ladder, often with encouragement from senior partners. One of Deloitte’s youngest partners when she was… Read More

JITU SHAH

PRICE BAILEY

‘Things have been quiet,’ maintains Jitu Shah. ‘It’s the nervousness around the Brexit vote.’ The period since the referendum has brought immediate activity among bargain-pickers, though. ‘With sterling dropping significantly, many overseas clients are looking for opportunities,’ he says. However,… Read More

NIMESH SHAH

BLICK ROTHENBERG

Shah enjoys what you could only call an enthusiast’s knowledge of UK taxation. He has particular expertise and focus on taxation of non-doms and regularly advises clients on personal tax matters relating to ‘all aspects’ of their company’s business life… Read More

DANIEL SOPHER

SOPHER AND CO

After studying law at UCL, Sopher became PwC’s youngest tax manager in September 2001. Since 2014, he’s run the business his father Ivan started 40 years ago. Sopher’s expertise and experience span various sectors, reflecting the broad client base of… Read More

LISA SPEARMAN

MERCER & HOLE

More than 25 years’ experience have been put to test by the current tax landscape, says Spearman: ‘It’s really been a question of trying to advise clients on a certain basis — in an uncertain world.’ But Mercer & Hole’s… Read More

CAROLYN STEPPLER

EY

A trusted adviser to entrepreneurs, hedge-fund principals, CEOs, and family offices, Steppler specialises in helping international HNWs — particularly non-doms and non-residents — structure their interests, including private equity, non-UK trusts, companies, and foundations. She also has a special focus… Read More

KIRSTEN TASSELL

DELOITTE

We don’t know if it helps that one of the UK’s best universities is there, but Cambridge is a hive of activity, according to Kirsten Tassell, Deloitte’s tax guru, who is based there. ‘There’s never a dull moment!,’ she tells… Read More

ADONIS ZANETTOS

AS ZANETTOS & CO

‘We act for all types of clients,’ says Zanettos, whose boutique firm is based in a Dulwich mews. These clients include a number of high-profile entrepreneurs, politicians and household name broadcasters — but of course he would never tell you… Read More