Qualification: FCA CTA TEP
Barry trained with a City of London practice where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser and became a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Subsequently he joined George Hay and became responsible for establishing the Tax Department, which he still heads. He became a Partner in the firm in 1990 and was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Huntingdon office in 1994. In April 2020, Barry became Senior Partner.
Barry advises on the complete range of taxes, although he particularly enjoys Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax and property and land transactions.
Another of Barry’s strengths is providing reports as an expert to Court. These reports are often required on marital breakdown or to resolve shareholder disputes. He has appeared in both the County Court and the High Court as an expert witness on share-valuation matters.
Barry became one of the first accountants in the country to pass the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ probate qualification, which means that George Hay via GH Probate Ltd is now licensed to carry out probate services.
He lectures widely on taxation on behalf of Taxation Institutes, providing training for other taxation professionals. He starts every presentation with a slide saying “Tax is Fun” reflecting his enthusiasm for the planning opportunities available.
He is also co-author of two books; Tax Planning, a joint publication between the UK200 Group and the Daily Telegraph, and the Innovation Handbook, which is endorsed by the Intellectual Property Office.