Saffery Champness lands HMRC heritage expert

A NATIONAL HERITAGE expert from HM Revenue & Customs has joined top 20 firm Saffery Champness.

Mick Downs spent nearly 20 years at HMRC, where he was formerly technical expert for IHT reliefs for National Heritage property, producing the Capital Taxation and the National Heritage guidance document.

He was involved in dealing with heritage advisory bodies and landed estates when tax rules were overhauled in 1998.

Downs joins Safferys’ landed estates and rural business group, having retired from HMRC last year.

Downs said: “I had not intended to continue to work after my retirement from HMRC. However, Saffery Champness offered me the chance to continue to work in the specialist area of the national heritage aspects of inheritance tax. An offer like this from so prestigious a firm in that field was one that I could not refuse, and have been delighted to accept.”

Saffery Champness managing partner Jonathan Fox said Downs’ arrival would add to the firm’s pedigree as a leading advisor on tax and heritage matters.

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