PwC poaches Bell from E&Y
January 16, 2009 - PricewaterhouseCoopers has recruited Garry Bell from Ernst & Young to strengthen its Channel Islands tax practice. Bell, who was senior tax manager at E&Y, becomes a director in PwC’s tax practice. He will run a portfolio of corporate clients and private individuals across both Jersey and Guernsey. He will be based in the Jersey office of PwC. Among his additional responsibilities, he will play a role in future Jersey government consultations, helping to shape the island’s tax framework and strengthening its global reputation and competitiveness.
Originally from the UK, Bell completed a law degree before moving to Jersey to train as an accountant. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1996 he transferred from audit work into tax, subsequently qualifying as a chartered tax adviser. He has spent 12 years working with the Jersey taxation legislative framework, guiding local companies and individuals through a period of major change in the island’s corporate and personal tax regimes.
He has particular expertise in advising companies and high net worth individuals on moving to Jersey, while he also provides UK tax guidance to offshore trust and company structures. He has also been extensively involved in setting up the recently formed Jersey branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and sits on the committee as treasurer.
Steve le Page, PwC’s senior partner in the Channel Islands, said: “As the Channel Islands prepare to tackle the challenges and harness the opportunities arising from the current global financial crisis, PwC is well prepared to ensure that clients remain fully supported. The implementation of the 0/10 tax reforms in Jersey and the recently announced review of the Crown Dependencies are indicative of the continuing flow of challenges faced by businesses operating from the islands. We have built the strongest tax leadership team the firm has had to date. Garry Bell’s corporate and private client expertise will prove invaluable in providing clients with the highest possible quality service through current and future challenges.”