Jamie specialises in providing advice to individuals, families and their business interests, both in Scotland and England.
Jamie works mainly in the rural estates and agriculture sectors, but he does a wide variety of work with clients in manufacturing, technology, hotels, professional services and charities (including independent schools). Being a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser he can cover the full breadth of services required, including tax planning, tax returns, accountancy, business planning and audit. In the landed estates field, he advises on a number of Scotland’s premier estates, including some where he acts as trustee.
Jamie joined Saffery Champness on 1 April 2011 as a partner. Prior to this, he was a partner in a medium-sized Edinburgh firm for 12 years and prior to that he trained as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser working in a ‘big four’ firm for eight years. He won a prize medal in his ICAS exams in 1992, coming second overall in Scotland across all disciplines.
Jamie is chairman of the firm’s “Estates Discussion Group” whose role is to ensure all of the firm’s rural estate and agricultural partners and senior staff are up to date with relevant technical and general sector developments. The group meets quarterly and is a key part of the firm’s information sharing culture within this sector.
He has served on the tax committee of Scottish Land and Estates Ltd for the past eight years (currently as chairman), and acts for a number of his clients as trustee or executor, as well as being a trustee of a well-known charity.
Jamie is married with three children and lives on a farm near Haddington just outside Edinburgh. At weekends he enjoys hillwalking, tennis, field sports and occasional trumpet playing.