National tax specialist joins Harrogate accountancy team

Accountants, Saffery Champness has welcomed KPMG’s former head of UK private client as its sixth partner in signalling a period of  further growth for the firm in Yorkshire and the North East.

Dermot Callinan spent 26 years at KPMG specialising in domestic and international personal taxation for UK and non-UK domiciled individuals, global families, family offices, partnerships, entrepreneurs, trustees and family companies. He has advised on the sale and flotation of some of the North of England’s largest private companies and has gone on to advise the families behind them.

He sits on the board of trustees of Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation and is recognised nationally as a tax expert, having been called to give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee last year in relation to the Finance Bill.


In his new role with Saffery Champness, Dermot will be responsible for reinforcing the firm’s private client specialism regionally and building the senior tax team.

Martin Holden, partner and head of Saffery Champness’s Harrogate office, said Dermot’s private client advisory knowledge would strengthen a key area of expertise.

Martin Holden said:

As a firm we are highly regarded throughout the UK for our specialism in private client work and this reputation will be considerably enhanced by Dermot’s arrival.


Dermot Callinan said:

I am looking forward to being able to devote time to doing the best possible job for clients as an independent adviser with a strong focus on client service and excellence.

I was attracted by Saffery Champness’s reputation in advising private individuals, entrepreneurs and international clients as these are all areas where I can add value.

One of my tasks will be to work alongside tax partner Sally Thomas to further develop the private client department in Yorkshire and we intend to attract the best talent to  strengthen a formidable team.

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