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“Establishing Saffron has been incredibly rewarding, as our clients are not just files, but the heart of our business.”

Karen Spencer-Smith

Managing Partner

Karen started her career with HMRC over 30 years ago and has a wide breadth of experience in all areas of Personal Tax, advising both UK based individuals and those with an international background, structuring their personal taxation affairs and generally providing proactive advice. Structuring non domiciled client’s taxation affairs prior to arrival in the UK is a particular area of expertise, as wealthy individuals and their families move between tax jurisdictions. Karen brings to the Partnership a blend of commercial and sound tax knowledge, with the unique ability to put clients at ease.

Having previously trained within a Big 4 Accountancy Practice, Karen gained extensive experience within the Lloyds Insurance market, advising on Lloyds underwriting issues. This subsequently led to the role of Tax Consultant to a leading Lloyds Underwriting Group, where Karen set up the UK taxation arm, servicing both corporate and individual names within the Lloyds Market. Prior to founding Saffron, Karen was Director with the Chiltern Group, developing and leading one of the most successful Tax teams within the Chiltern Brand.

Married with two children, Karen enjoys spending precious time with her family and a variety of sports, but predominantly more from the touchline these days, supporting the children. A keen cyclist and having more recently completed 3 bikeathons, Karen is hoping to keep these a more regular event.

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