The new partners are part of the firm ramping up its presence in Cheshire, Derbyshire and the North West.
Mike Hodges joins from Mazars, where he was a partner heading up the regional tax team. At Saffery Champness, he will work closely with entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals to advise on tax and tax planning.
Catherine Desmond, who has been with Saffery Champness’ Manchester office since 2003, has been promoted to partner and will play a leading role in the firm’s work with rural businesses and estates across Cheshire and Derbyshire.
The firm’s managing partner Jonathan Fox, said, “Mike has worked across a broad range of industry sectors and is extremely knowledgeable on tax planning for individuals and the tax and accounting aspects of corporate finance deals.
“His vast transactional experience at national and international level makes him a valuable addition to our growing team and positions us for further expansion as we continue to strengthen our presence across the North West.
“On the landed estates side we are fortunate to have the benefit of Catherine’s expertise in succession, inheritance and trust issues. Her understanding of the specific issues facing private clients, landed estates and their businesses and families has made her a key member of our senior team.”
Fox said the appointments followed the firm’s strong performance regionally which had seen it double in size since relocating to Manchester city centre in 2008.
“Manchester is a vibrant commercial centre and we are lucky to work with successful established businesses based throughout the North West as well as many exciting young ventures,” he said.
He also attributed the firm’s success to a decision to play to its strengths rather than diversify.