Saffery Champness History

1855: Joseph John Saffery establishes an accountant’s office in London’s Guildhall chambers.

1880: The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), which included Joseph John Saffery among its founding members, is formed.

1889: Joseph John Saffery’s standing in the professional community grows to the extent that he is invited to serve as the ICAEW’s president between 1889 and 1891.

1890: Joseph John Saffery lays the foundation stone at the headquarters of the ICAEW building in Moorgate, London (pictured above).

1928: Thomas Holme Nicholson, the first of three generations of Nicholson, enters the partnership.

1977: A Guernsey office is opened by Clive Nicholson, which eventually grows to boast a headcount of over 100.

1982: Saffery Champness is formed from the merger of Safferys and Champness, Cowper & Co. This move brought together two organisations that had co-existed for more than a century and which shared similar core values.

1986: The international network SC International is founded by the firm. This goes on to merge with Nexia International in 2007.

1987: The firm merges with the London office of Armitage and Norton.

2005: The firm celebrates its 150th anniversary.

2008: An office is opened in Geneva.

2012: An office is opened in Zurich.

2015: The firm celebrates its 160th anniversary.

2018: A representative office, Saffery Champness (ME) Ltd, opens in the Dubai International Finance Centre.

2019: Saffery Champness Ireland opens in Dublin.

2020: Saffery Champness Registered Fiduciaries launches a Cayman offering, as a registered controlled subsidiary of a licensed Cayman trust company.