Tax Accountants

Top 10

Dermot Callinan


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

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

Paul Ayres


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

Paula Higgleton


‘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

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

Tony Cohen


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

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

Wendy Walton


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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Alexander Marcham


’One to watch according to peers,’ Marcham found a place on Deloitte’s graduate scheme from Oxford University in 2005. He’s now a senior manager on the firm’s private client team — a broad and international role that sees him focusing… 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

Carolyn Steppler


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

Clare Cromwell

Saffery Champness

Cromwell started in the fiscal world when she was seconded to the tax department of Brebner, Allen & Trapp while a trainee. She has since risen to become head of Saffery Champness’s international practice. Much has changed in three decades,… Read More

Clive Mackintosh


‘We’ve always provided more than just tax [advice] — it’s more an overall approach to looking after our clients’ financial affairs,’ says Mackintosh. ‘More and more clients are wanting to be seen to be doing the right thing. What’s changed… 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

David Mellor

Dixon Wilson

As well as the technical expertise and understanding Mellor provides, he hopes to be as honest and upfront as possible, recognising the conduit role advisers have in transferring tax legislation to clients. ‘I try hard to avoid jargon,’ he says…. Read More

Frank Akers-Douglas

Smith & Williamson

‘If one goes back to the beginning of my working life, we had 98 per cent tax rates and all sorts of horrors,’ says Akers-Douglas. ‘Which, maybe, led us into being a nation of tax avoiders.’ He’s not being sensationalist:… Read More

Greg Limb


‘A real mixture,’ says Limb of his clients. ‘That’s the beauty of this job: you can be dealing with a highly successful entrepreneur whose made all his money in UK domestic markets [or] someone who’s been fortunate enough to inherit their… Read More

Iain Younger

Frank Hirth

An expert on US personal tax and compliance issues, Younger joined transatlantic specialist Frank Hirth’s accountancy and corporate tax team in 2000. Now a private client director, his emphasis is on trusts — although he is often engaged with broader… Read More

James Sykes

Saffery Champness

A self-confessed non-‘techie’, Sykes is more of a trusted family adviser than fiscal acrobat, an identity his client base of entrepreneurs, international families, and landed estates appreciates. Saffery Champness’s ‘old money’ heritage is at the heart of its mission, which… 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

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

Liz Henson


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

Matthew Burton

Saffery Champness

Having started out as a rural surveyor, Burton decided that financial landscapes were his true calling. He now heads the heritage specialist’s private wealth and estates group, working closely with the farms and stately homes that make up more than three-quarters… Read More

Tahir Ebhrahim


With more than 50 countries signed up to the Common Reporting Standard, even clients with relatively straightforward setups need to be doubly sure of ‘100 per cent compliance’, says Ebrahim. ‘HMRC is going to be bombarded with more and more… Read More

Toby Crooks

Rawlinson & Hunter

  Crooks puts his foray into tax down to serendipity, as a delay in university funding meant he became an accountant rather than a master of international relations. That doesn’t mean, however, that he hasn’t experienced the finer points of… Read More