Andrew Manning and Majid Hussain join Smith & Williamson

29 March 2021 3 min. read
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Smith & Williamson has announced two senior appointments. Andrew Manning will now lead its new Risk Advisory business, while Majid Hussain joins as a Partner in its Private Client Tax team.

Smith & Williamson is a UK financial and professional services firm, with around 1,700 staff and 11 offices across the country. With £20.1 billion in funds under management, the firm is also one of the largest independently owned investment managers in the UK.

As the firm looks to support new clients in 2021, Smith & Williamson has launched a new risk advisory practice. The freshly launched business helps organisations understand the way they leverage people, third-party relationships, technology, data, business processes and controls to manage their corporate and strategic risks and elevate business performance.

Andrew Manning has been appointed to oversee the new practice, bringing over 20 years of professional services knowhow with him. Based in Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, he will draw on his prior experience of leading on risk assurance and controls transformation, having worked across a range of clients and sectors.

Andrew Manning and Majid Hussain join Smith & Williamson

Guy Swarbreck, Partner at Smith & Williamson commented, “Andrew’s addition provides a much greater focus on the risks, governance and control environments at a time of unprecedented challenge given the change in working patterns and the wider impact of Covid-19.”

Having initially worked at Big Four firm Deloitte – where Manning advised across sectors within its audit advisory and assurance practice, delivering on controls transformation, risk and assurance – he then spent three years with Crowe. During his stay with the firm, he built a successful risk assurance practice before moving back to the UK’s South West to lead RSM’s risk assurance practice in South West England and Wales.

Reflecting on his appointment, Manning commented, “I am hugely excited to be joining Smith & Williamson. I believe the firm to be both radical and ambitious in the insight and value it seeks to deliver to its clients by an experienced team. I am looking forward to working with clients to drive real value from their business processes, help them manage organisational risk and show senior leaders and Boards how they can get insightful assurance.”

Majid Hussain has meanwhile joined Smith & Williamson as a Partner in its Private Client Tax team. Working from the firm’s London office, he brings experience and expertise on all areas of private client tax, with a specific focus on international families with complex overseas structures, such as trusts, including those from the Middle East.

Tom Shave, Partner and Head of London Tax at Smith & Williamson, stated, “I am delighted that Majid is joining Smith & Williamson as a Partner to help drive continued growth in our private client tax practice. Majid’s appointment is one of a number of significant hires we are making as we accelerate our growth plans.”

Hussain has spent 15 years in the professional services industry, having initially spent a decade between KPMG and Deloitte, before joining BDO. Over the course of his four years with the firm, he rose to the rank of Director in its tax team, and worked to provide legal tax advice to ultra-high net worth individuals on all aspects of private client tax.

Speaking on his new role, Hussain remarked, “I am pleased to be joining Smith & Williamson at this very exciting time. The private client market is especially buoyant and offers huge opportunities for growth. Clients are looking for advisers who can provide them with bespoke, holistic advice on all matters concerning private wealth. Smith & Williamson is perfectly placed to assist high-net-worth clients across the private wealth spectrum and I look forward to driving the business forward.”