Tax Accountants

Top Ten Tax Accountants

PAUL AYRES

BDO

Paul Ayres, national head of BDO’s private client team, has just experienced the busiest tax year-end in two decades, as the government implements its shakeup of the UK non-dom regime — one that’s forced ‘a lot of people to come… Read More

MARK DAVIES

MARK DAVIES & ASSOCIATES

Mark Davies thinks of tax as a game with ever-changing rules. ‘I could really do without more change in our profession,’ he says. ‘There are already a number of dramatic [revisions] to tax law, as well as how we approach… Read More

JAMES HENDER

SAFFERY CHAMPNESS

James Hender is mindful that the next generation, with its strong social conscience and desire for change, is an important driver of attitudes in the private wealth sphere. ‘The millennials are starting to be in a position where they’ve sold… Read More

ELIZABETH HENSON

PWC

A first choice for UHNWs in need of strategic oversight and planning, Elizabeth Henson leads PwC’s private client and private business practice in London. Focused primarily on UHNW entrepreneurs, this globetrotting senior tax partner has nearly 30 years’ experience advising… Read More

PAULA HIGGLETON

DELOITTE

Spear’s award-winner Paula Higgleton has been at Deloitte since 2001, and advises some of the wealthiest families in the world and their family offices. A year preparing for changes to the non-dom regime has prompted many clients to look ‘way… Read More

PAUL HOCKING

FRANK HIRTH

Having started out in 1976 as Frank Hirth’s first employee, Paul Hocking has built a reputation as a transatlantic tax specialist dealing with large clients on both sides of the pond. He rose from a trainee to a revered chairman… Read More

SIMON JENNINGS

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

Simon Jennings has never been a ‘wholehearted remainer’, but makes no bones about Brexit’s impact. ‘Chaos,’ he says, going on to describe the referendum and general election as ‘completely unnecessary. It has been a nightmare of a year.’ Jennings points… Read More

DAVID KILSHAW

EY

‘I help clients through major readjustments and life decisions,’ says David Kilshaw, EY’s standout tax partner. His skillset melds accountancy and legal skills acquired from his past role as a solicitor. The former head of KPMG’s UK private client tax… Read More

GREG LIMB

KPMG

‘The role is exciting, challenging, and rejuvenating — but also very demanding,’ enthuses Greg Limb, KPMG’s new head of private client. The adviser has since spent untold hours sifting through a voluminous amount of data relating to UK tax’s ‘watershed… Read More

WENDY WALTON

BDO

‘It’s really exciting because it’s a strategic role and not an operational one,’ says Wendy Walton. She is more than 18 months into her role as head of BDO Global Private Client Services, a period which has seen ‘rapid growth’… Read More

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RACHEL BENTLEY

PWC

Rachel Bentley, director of the financial services and private client team at PwC, has ‘been focusing on expanding our private wealth practice in Africa. PwC in the UK has a strategic alliance with our Africa network, and we’re working together… Read More

KATHERINE BULLOCK

EY

EY’s head of UK & Ireland private client services Katherine Bullock is ‘a lawyer, a chartered tax adviser, a financial adviser, a family business consultant — to work effectively with HNWs you need to be multi-lingual in a professional sense.’… Read More

DERMOT CALLINAN

SAFFERY CHAMPNESS

A veteran of KPMG for 26 years, Dermot Callinan has just been recruited by Saffery Champness as a partner in its Harrogate office. Highlights from his quarter century at the global giant KPMG have been recruiting and promoting the group… Read More

VICTOR DAUPPE

ARRAM BERLYN GARDNER

‘It’s what happens with all regulation — the moment you think you can’t trust people, and you bombard them with more rules and conditions, you just make it complicated for everybody,’ says Victor Dauppe, tax partner at Arram Berlyn Gardner…. Read More

BEN GRIST

DIXON WILSON

‘A good society accepts tax, [and] doesn’t fear it,’ says Ben Grist, private client partner at Dixon Wilson. He enjoys the challenge of explaining complex issues to his UK and international clients. He has plenty to advise on, with his… Read More

MARY HASE

BUZZACOTT

Mary Hase is private client director at Buzzacott, with a strong specialism in advising clients in accountancy and taxation matters. She observes that nowadays clients are more concerned about whether their money is going to last, or whether it will… Read More

ANDREW LOCKWOOD

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

Private client tax partner at Smith & Williamson’s family office services division Andrew Lockwood describes his client base: ‘I have a portfolio of families who have interests in land, mostly old fashioned landed estates, spread around the country. I help… Read More

DAVID NELSON

DIXON WILSON

‘It’s been another year of diversity — no two families are the same,’ says David Nelson, senior partner at Dixon Wilson. Nelson joined the firm in 1990, and has garnered significant experience in advising wealthy families on their tax issues,… Read More

NICOLA ROBERTS

DELOITTE

As the new head of private client services at Deloitte, Nicola Roberts is now responsible for the firm’s market strategy and provision of tax services both domestically and nationally. ‘I have been doing a lot of work in relation to… Read More

JITU SHAH

PRICE BAILEY

Jitu Shah is not happy with the way the government is handling tax legislation. ‘They keep bringing in new legislation in different areas on a rolling basis,’ he says. ‘One minute clients are worried about the non-dom regulations and inheritance… Read More

NIMESH SHAH

BLICK ROTHENBERG

‘Practical, pragmatic, real-life advice’ is almost a personal slogan for Nimesh Shah, senior partner of Blick Rothenberg. ‘We have an open dialogue with all of our clients and, given the complexity of the current political situation, they certainly appreciate the… Read More

DANIEL SOPHER

SOPHER + CO

Senior partner at Sopher + Co Daniel Sopher advises UK-based clients on corporate and personal tax, with a particular emphasis on non-doms, often of a marked entrepreneurial nature. ‘The first quarter of 2017 was spent dealing with the legislative changes… Read More

LISA SPEARMAN

MERCER & HOLE

More than 30 years in the field has taught Lisa Spearman the fundamentals of private client service. ‘It’s about making complex issues easy to understand,’ she says. That’s an art in a landscape where complications abound, and the solutions aren’t… Read More

JAMES WALKER

BUZZACOTT

‘The idea behind the team is to be the support person for the client,’ says James Walker, the head of private clients at Buzzacott. ‘It’s all about their taxes, so we are trying to provide a really good compliance service,… Read More

IAIN YOUNGER

FRANK HIRTH

‘The interaction between the US and the UK remains complex, although proactive planning should still be undertaken,’ says Iain Younger, director at Frank Hirth. ‘Quality and experienced advice are more important than ever.’ Younger, who joined the firm in 2000,… Read More

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ALISTAIR BAMBRIDGE

BAMBRIDGE ACCOUNTANTS

While luvvies of the stage and screen are often more associated with espousing hard-left ideologies than a stable fiscal plan, it is often right-wing governments who provoke the creative industries into their most productive phases. With Donald Trump having ridden… Read More

DANIEL HYDE

WESTLETON DRAKE

Dan Hyde of Westleton Drake has been extremely busy in the past year, with the non-dom reform a key focus for private clients in the UK’s international community. The ‘seismic shift’ in legislation has created some ‘unique challenges’ to US… Read More

JEFF MILLINGTON

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

It’s a case of gamekeeper turned poacher for Jeff Millington, who started his career at HMRC aged 17 and left 24 years later. ‘It helps if you know what the inspector is thinking.’ He says inexperienced inspectors often get lost… Read More

CAROLYN STEPPLER

CREDIT SUISSE

Previously a private client tax partner at EY in London, Carolyn Steppler is now Head of UK Wealth Planning for Credit Suisse in Switzerland. She works with PE principals, entrepreneurs, CEO s, and family offices, particularly non-doms. She helps the… Read More

SUZANNE WILLIS

WESTLETON DRAKE

Suzanne Willis joined as a partner of Westleton Drake in 2014 to expand the HNW private client focus of the international tax practice. It was an easy transition, for her having known the partners for many years, and she has… Read More

ADONIS ZANETTOS

AS ZANETTOS

‘We act for all types of clients,’ says Adonis 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 Zanettos would never reveal… Read More