Following the retirement of Nick Willis on 31 March 2020, Barry Jefferd succeeds him and takes on the role of Senior Partner at George Hay, effective 1 April 2020.
Barry joined the firm after training with a City of London practice, and became a Tax Partner in 1990 where he expanded and developed the firm’s expertise, a role as head of tax he still fulfils today. He was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Huntingdon office in 1994, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
He is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
He specialises in advising on the complete range of taxes, though he particularly enjoys the capital taxes, inheritance tax and land taxes.
Barry is also the Director of our probate and estates division, GH Probate Ltd. and the head of our specialist Agricultural & Rural Affairs team.
On taking over from his predecessor, Barry says: “I am very much looking forward to stepping into my role as Senior Partner, although I could never have expected it would be in the context of such extraordinary times.
“I wish to thank Nick Willis for his contribution to the development of the practice and his commitment to supporting the wider team, a legacy that he should be extremely proud of and something that I am committed to continuing.
“Whilst we are working in unprecedented times, I have been extremely proud of how the firm has continued the George Hay tradition of putting our clients first, during this difficult period. We have made sure we are available to support and advise as necessary, and our website www.georgehay.co.uk has a wealth of information to support businesses in a practical way.
“I am confident that we are in a strong position. When the world returns to normal, whatever that normal might look like, George Hay Chartered Accountants will continue to be a leading practice.”