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