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Grant Thornton Birmingham celebrates success of private client team

Dan Hartland (front left), partner and head of Grant Thornton's Entrepreneur and Private Client team in Birmingham, pictured with director Sue Knight and (left to right) Chris Smith, Mike Hyland and Billy Chiverton

Dan Hartland (front left), partner and head of Grant Thornton’s Entrepreneur and Private Client team in Birmingham, pictured with director Sue Knight and (left to right) Chris Smith, Mike Hyland and Billy Chiverton

Hard on the heels of Grant Thornton’s annual results the firm’s Birmingham-based Entrepreneur and Private Client (EPC) team is celebrating its own income growth, team expansion and a major national award for one of its members.

On the back of double digit growth in the last financial year the Birmingham EPC team is continuing to invest with the appointment of recently qualified executive Billy Chiverton, who joins Grant Thornton from Smith & Williamson, bringing the team up to 16 in number. Chris Smith, who has been with the firm for four years has been promoted to assistant manager.

Manager Mike Hyland has recently been voted one of the country’s Top 35 under 35 of rising stars by Private Client Practitioner, an award evaluated by independent researchers in addition to client and colleague submissions. He has also achieved distinction in his diploma examinations for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Dan Hartland, partner and head of the Birmingham EPC team, said: “We’ve had a really strong year with a 20% growth in income, which we believe is evidence not just of the team’s expertise but also that clients are valuing our unique approach. We are already up on last year’s first quarter, so that bodes well for the year ahead.

“We have started to see a renewed appetite amongst clients for strategic and structural planning as they revisit their investment strategies. We are also seeing a growing interest in succession planning and exit strategies, which is proof positive that the economy is beginning to show signs of recovery.”

Sue Knight, director, added: “Billy joining the firm and Chris’s promotion demonstrate the firm’s commitment to attracting and nurturing new talent. Mike is an outstanding member of the EPC team and we congratulate him for his recent exam success and for being nominated as one of the country’s Top 35 under 35. Not only is he technically excellent but he also has the ability to form strong relationships with clients and intermediaries, which is absolutely essential to our role as trusted adviser.”

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