Our People

  • Darren Hersey

    Position:
    Senior Partner & Head of Tax
    Email:
    darren.hersey@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5620

    I am the Senior Partner and Head of Tax, specialising in advising on high value transactions and complex structures.

    I also manage the Private Client Team, which looks after circa 1,600 clients including a large number of high-net-worth individuals and trusts.

    I provide advice on all taxes which impact on the affairs of private individuals as well as privately-owned businesses.

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  • Abdul Pisavadi

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    abdul.pisavadi@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5622

    After graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, I trained as an accountant and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

    Promoted to partner at the firm in 2000, I am a general practitioner advising and assisting entrepreneurial owner managed businesses on audit and assurance, tax and other commercial matters.

    I am also currently the firm’s Ethics Partner and the London liaison with our Gibraltar office. My previous roles in the firm have included Graduate Recruitment and Training Partner and a Director of one of our joint venture businesses.

    Outside of Simmons Gainsford I also spent two years on the London Regional Leadership Group of Mosaic, a mentoring initiative of the Prince’s Trust. I joined Bloomsbury Institute Limited as a Non-Executive Director in July 2021.

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  • Anthony Rose

    Position:
    Partner, Personal Tax
    Email:
    anthony.rose@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5743

    I am a Tax Partner with a considerable amount of experience in advising on Private Client matters specifically relating to residence, domicile, estate planning and offshore and international tax planning. I can advise from both a UK and also a Gibraltar perspective and am heavily involved with our local office.

    I also head up the Dispute Resolution team, specialising in dealing with complex HMRC tax disputes.

    As well as having my client portfolio, I also work closely with a number of intermediaries including other accountants, lawyers, trust companies and insolvency practitioners providing ad hoc tax support for their clients.

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  • Atul Mehta

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    atul.mehta@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5659

    I first joined the firm in 2014, becoming a Partner in 2018. I currently advise UK Companies, LLPs, partnerships and overseas businesses, focusing on compliance requirements, audit and preparation of accounts and filing of various business returns to HMRC.

    I focus on my clients’ internal management reporting systems,  preparing financial plans for their business development and advising on structuring business. Ranging from owner-managed businesses to large groups, my clients operate in various sectors including property, hospitality services and insurance brokers.

    Outside of work, I follow various sports and enjoy travelling with my family.

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  • Having joined straight from graduating Oxford University in 2003, I then trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm.

    My client portfolio covers many sectors, but with a specific focus on privately owned businesses run by entrepreneurs. I pay a particular interest in working with my clients to understand their drive and ambitions, so to fully assist in achieving their aspirations.

    I have also extensive experience in advising and auditing property companies.
    Working alongside the Real Estate Tax Team on appropriate structures and works with a number of UK and international property groups.

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  • David Pumfrey

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    david.pumfrey@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5745

    I joined the firm in 1998 and was promoted to Partner in 2000.

    I act as a general business consultant and audit engagement partner for a wide variety of entrepreneurial owner managed businesses and individuals. Utilising the firm’s specialist resources, I advise on a wide range of issues including appropriate structures, VAT, corporate and personal tax and business valuations.

    I am on the Executive Committee, so am responsible for the internal finance and administration functions and the firm’s banking relationships. I am also responsible for the firm’s outsourcing facility in Poland.

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  • James Duggan

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    james.duggan@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    0182 574 6893

    Having first joined the firm in 1993, I have been a Partner since 2011. I am responsible for running and developing our Uckfield office, which has grown significantly since it first opened.

    I specialise in statutory and management accounts production, corporate and personal tax, new business start-ups, and general consultancy.

    I previously trained and worked with a small sole partner firm, where it then evolved into Simmons Gainsford.

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  • Jane Atherton

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    jane.atherton@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    01825 746 892

    I joined the firm’s Uckfield office in 2009 as an Accounts Senior prior to working my way up to both Supervisor and Manager level.

    From there I became Director of the firm’s bookkeeping and business outsourcing service Fl3xiBooks following its launch in early 2017, where my role includes overseeing the daily running of the business, developing and maintaining financial systems and building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with clients.

    As of 1 January 2022 I will be a Partner at Simmons Gainsford and whilst I will remain an integral part of Fl3xiBooks, my new role will see me assuming greater responsibility for managing our Uckfield office and more broadly helping with the development of the firm as a whole.

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  • Paddy Behan

    Position:
    Partner, Indirect Tax
    Email:
    Paddy.Behan@sgindirecttax.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5652

    I began my tax career in Ireland and have worked in a number of international firms in both Ireland and the UK. I have been a VAT partner in two “Group A” firms and National Chairman of the VAT Practitioners Group.

    I advise on the full range of VAT for businesses and their advisors. As well as providing consultancy, I also act for clients in relation to penalties and disputes and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal. For a number of years I had my own consultancy covering VAT and some customs and trade issues.

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  • Paul Twydell

    Position:
    Partner, Corporate Tax
    Email:
    Paul.Twydell@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5675

    A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with 18 years’ experience in the profession, I joined Simmons Gainsford in November 2020 from a top 25 firm. I head up the firm’s Corporate Tax team, dealing with corporation tax compliance and advisory matters.

    I specialise in the creative, media and technology sector as well as property and some of my key specialisms have been advising on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), employee share scheme matters such as the Enterprise Management Scheme (EMI) and also Research and Development tax relief. Before specialising in corporation tax, I was a general accountant for five years and as such feel able to advise clients both in relation to accounting and tax matters, as well as considering the commercial implications of transactional activities beyond their tax impact.

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  • Rajiv Thakerar

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    rajiv.thakerar@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5671

    Having joined in 2004, I was then promoted to partner in 2007. I look after a varied portfolio of clients that range across a number of different sectors which include professional services, travel, manufacturing, recruitment, property investment and development.

    In 1997 I qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and in 2000 I joined PwC until 2003.

    Whilst at PwC I worked in the Middle Markets division in their London office and was responsible for the audits of listed companies, city law firms and subsidiaries of listed and overseas companies.

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  • Shilen Manek

    Position:
    Partner
    Email:
    shilen.manek@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5625

    Having joined in 2001, I was promoted to Partner in 2013. I manage a client portfolio ranging from large corporates to smaller businesses and start-ups.

    I manage our technical accounting and compliance requirements, whilst also assisting with our IT strategy.

    Whilst working at the firm I successfully completed my MBA Finance post-graduate degree at the University of Leicester.

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  • Andrew Marks

    Position:
    Technical Director
    Email:
    Andrew.Marks@sgllp.co.uk

    I joined the firm as a trainee in 1994 and, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1997, was seconded for 2 years to what was then the Companies Investigation Branch of the Department of Trade and Industry.

    I am currently the Technical Director as well as an Audit Manager with a diverse portfolio of clients including property, charities and solicitors.

    I am also registered as an auditor in Gibraltar with responsibility for those audits.

     

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  • Gary Moment

    Position:
    Director of Tax
    Email:
    gary.moment@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5624

    Before joining in 2007 I spent 8 years at Deloitte, the final four of which as a Senior Tax Manager. My major clients included FTSE 100 financial institutions and household names and I also advised on one of the largest transfer pricing reviews undertaken by HMRC.

    I have significant experience in fund structures and I have been extensively involved in setting up and managing the tax affairs of UK and non-UK property funds.

    I provide planning advice to the firm’s international clients and UK and international tax planning for both wealth retention and profit extraction.

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  • Chris Cheung

    Position:
    Associate Partner
    Email:
    Chris.Cheung@sgllp.co.uk

    I joined the firm in 2016 after spending 9 years with a mid-tier London firm, where I acquired some of my managerial experience.

    A vast range of industries are covered in my client portfolio which includes retail, travel agents (include ATOL licenced agents), property investment and corporate services, with their sizes range from owner-managed to groups with international presence.

    As a fluent Cantonese speaker, I’m part of the Far East helpdesk dedicated in providing business solutions to East Asian companies having operations in the UK.

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  • Effie Karamani

    Position:
    Associate Partner
    Email:
    Effie.Karamani@sgllp.co.uk
    Phone:
    020 7291 5648

    I started my career in tax almost 23 years ago, having graduated from university with a law degree. After qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser, I moved to a firm in London in 2004 to broaden my experience.

    Over the years, I have dealt with a wide range of compliance and advisory matters covering numerous aspects of domestic and international personal tax. I have gained so much valuable knowledge and experience, not just on technical matters but also on the importance of being authentic, having empathy, emotional intelligence, perspective, resilience, adaptability and an appetite for learning. I try to apply this in everything I do.

    I joined the firm in 2022 as Associate Partner, with my primary focus being to provide support on the private client side.

     

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  • Paul Spencer

    Position:
    Audit Manager
    Email:
    Paul.Spencer@sgllp.co.uk

    Having qualified as a member of the ACCA in 2005, I originally joined Simmons Gainsford in 2014.

    Prior to joining the firm, I have worked with boutique firms largely with an international focus. One firm in particular specialised in working with foreign owned companies. During this period I focused on clients in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and commercial property sectors, including acting for a large contractor involved in the development of London City Airport.

    Other international clients have included a Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer and the UK subsidiary of a French group, specialising in high-end luxury fit out for residential and commercial property.

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  • Nick Weller

    Position:
    Associate Partner
    Email:
    Nick.Weller@sgllp.co.uk

    Having graduated from Cardiff University with a BSC in International Business Management, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with an independent accountancy firm in Woking.

    Following 4 years of experience at the aforementioned practice I moved to Simmons Gainsford in 2016 as an Audit Supervisor.

    I was quickly promoted to Audit Manager where I now manage a diverse portfolio of clients.

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  • Tom Jeffries

    Position:
    Associate Partner
    Email:
    Tom.Jeffries@sgllp.co.uk

    I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012 at a small North London practice and  joined Simmons Gainsford one year later.

    I was promoted to Manager in 2016 and I predominantly specialise in the property sector where I have over 10 years of experience.

    I am also chairman of the firm’s training and development team, looking at the staff training framework which is pivotal for the career development of the firm’s team.

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  • Chuan Luo

    Position:
    Audit Manager
    Email:
    Chuan.Luo@sgllp.co.uk

    I joined the Chinese desk in the audit and accounts department in 2016 as an audit senior and I was promoted to the role of audit manager in 2020.

    I currently manage a diversified client database covering an array of industries such as property development, consumer electronics, sales and marketing and logistics. My clients vary in size ranging from small owner-managed-business to the UK presence of well-known international brand names.

    I am a Mandarin and Cantonese speaker and I am a qualified ACCA member since 2013. Outside of work I enjoy playing badminton and spending time with my family.

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  • Cristina Tatar

    Position:
    Audit Manager
    Email:
    Cristina.Tatar@sgllp.co.uk

    After studying Mathematics at City University, I gained my ICAEW qualification and proceeded to join Simmons Gainsford as a newly-qualified senior.

    Having progressed to the position of Audit Manager, I work with a variety of clients across a range of sectors including property development, retail, advertising and the insurance industry.

    Outside of work I love travelling and spending time with my children.

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  • Grant Gibson

    Position:
    Bookkeeping Manager
    Email:
    Grant.Gibson@sgllp.co.uk
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  • I joined the firm after studying Economics and Business Studies at University College London and completed my training and qualification as a Chartered Accountant.

    During my time at the firm I have worked with all of the partners across a diverse range of sectors and now predominantly work on a portfolio with an entrepreneurial focus. The clients I work with range in size from sole trader to large, privately-owned corporate groups and as such, I seek to help my clients with an array of issues alongside my involvement in their statutory audit.

    I am involved in the firm’s Diversity and Wellbeing team and outside of work, I am training to compete in bodybuilding.

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  • Nick Gale

    Position:
    Audit Manager
    Email:
    Nicholas.Gale@sgllp.co.uk

    I joined the firm in 2010 and I look after the Sussex office’s audit and accounts team dealing with a wide range of businesses from sole traders and charities to £30m+ international groups.

    Before joining the firm I worked for a local practice in a variety of roles doing book-keeping, payroll and personal tax as well as accounts and corporate tax.

    I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Management Studies and have been a qualified member of the ACCA since 2012.

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  • Peter Langridge

    Position:
    Tax Manager
    Email:
    peter.langridge@sgllp.co.uk

    I joined the Simmons Gainsford team in 2016 and oversee the day to day running of the personal tax team predominantly within our Uckfield office in East Sussex.

    My experience in tax spans back to 1991 with an initial career with HM Revenue & Customs followed by a local specialist tax and financial planning company . I have particular experience within the expatriate environment and regularly advise on subjects including residence and domicile.

    In my spare time, I enjoy most sports (not that I am very good at any of them) and spending time with my family. Honesty, integrity and reliability are at the core of my being both personally and professionally.

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  • Qin Ye

    Position:
    Audit Manager
    Email:
    Qin.Ye@sgllp.co.uk

    I am an Audit Manager and ACCA-qualified accountant with a track record of conducting audits and providing accounting services to a wide variety of clients including our Chinese and Far East clients.

    My scope of the work includes audits of companies that are listed on Far East markets and those registered in the UK, as well as statutory accounts, tax, new company set-up and other advisory work.

    I have experience of assisting clients in a wide range of sectors including property, education, retail fashion, technology, financial services to name just a few.

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  • Sergio Danso

    Position:
    Audit Manager
    Email:
    Sergio.Danso@sgllp.co.uk

    After graduating from Oxford Brookes University in Applied Accounting, I trained and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with an independent London firm.

    In my 6 years there I worked in the audit, accounts and tax teams; on a variety of clients. I also had experience of working on and preparing reports for tax investigations.

    I joined the firm in 2016 and have since progressed to Audit Manager, where I now manage a diverse portfolio of clients.

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  • David Osrin

    Position:
    Business Development Consultant
    Email:
    david.osrin@sgllp.co.uk

    In 2001 I worked with a boutique training firm that specialised in supporting financial and professional services firms. I was initially responsible for business development but gradually moved into the design and delivery of sales coaching and training programmes.

    In 2004 I established my own company which provides practical business development support. Over the last 15+ years I have worked as a business development consultant focusing on sales, account management and coaching to a variety of firms across several sectors, including: accountancy, legal, investment management, property and insurance.

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  • Marina Terekhina

    Position:
    European Desk Relationship Manager
    Email:
    Marina.Terekhina@sgllp.co.uk

    I am a FCCA accountant and have been with the firm for almost 10 years, having joined in 2012 as a member of the audit and accounts team working predominantly for clients dealt with by the European Desk.

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  • Richard Peters

    Position:
    Consultant
    Email:
    Richard.Peters@sgllp.co.uk
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