Top Ten Tax Accountants
Simon Jennings has never been a ‘wholehearted Remainer’ – but he makes no bones about Brexit’s impact. ‘Chaos,’ he says, adding that the referendum and general election were ‘completely unnecessary’. (He’s also none too happy with former chancellor George Osborne’s ‘incredibly badly handled’ non-dom reforms.)
‘It has been a nightmare of a year, really,’ Jennings continues, pointing to a lack of confidence among clients (‘many of whom have been living and working in the UK, contributing enormously to the economy here’).
He advocates economic openness: ‘Lots of people have to come to the UK as a hub for Europe. If access to Europe is restricted, it will no longer function in that way, because it will be on the periphery.’
A tax and trusts veteran, Jennings advises international families on the structuring, planning and administration of settlements and UK tax. He’s handled HMRC enquiries, investigations, and appeals.
Change has also come to Jennings personally in the past year: after 32 years at Rawlinson & Hunter, he has moved to Smith & Williamson – a firm he describes as ‘very nice, very professional, and very civilised – all of which I have greatly appreciated’.