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Company

Saffery Champness

Index

Tax & Trust Accountants

Tax & Trust Advisers

Location

London, United Kingdom

Advice type

Estate planning

Tax planning

Asset class

Landed estates

Client types

Entrepreneurs

Business owners

Families

HNW

Geographical focus

Russia

Sector focus

Accounting

Business and Consumer Services

Profile

James Sykes

Description

‘I’m not someone who’s got my head in the tax law book the whole time,’ says Saffery’s chairman James Sykes. ‘For me it’s more about going out and meeting people, helping them achieve their aims.’ He says: ‘Rich people are rich people, they broadly have the same issues.’ Clients are increasingly worried about the Common Reporting Standard, but whether or not they should be is a different matter, he says. He adds that Champness has never done ‘racy’ tax schemes. Legal tax avoidance is not as acceptable as it once was, and reputation matters more than ever. ‘I’ve probably got clients who did legal but “schemey” things ten years ago. They wouldn’t now,’ he adds.

Rank: Recommended

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