Top Ten Tax and Trust Accountants
Clare Stirzaker is excited by two highlights this year, the first being the ‘notable hiring’ of James Badcock, a ‘well respected’ legal practitioner from Collyer Bristow. The second is the growing demand for family office support in the West African market, which she noticed while travelling across the Middle East and Africa. ‘We are supporting an increasing number of UK and international families in developing their vision and values for the future,’ Stirzaker says. Her role at the Big Four firm is to ensure that multigenerational family members agree on key principles around owning and managing their business and wealth, which is then documented in family constitutions. PwC’s family office leader and tax partner has a unique blend of skills. She is lauded for combining the financial nous she acquired at Barclays’ international wealth arm with the legal knowledge she honed at Baker McKenzie. As a result, she is known for her excellence in helping families design the right long-term structures. Stirzaker says the UK’s tax changes ‘continue to keep us busy’ and has also been focusing on a number of projects related to inheritance tax in respect of the ownership of residential property by international clients.