Chairman and first employee of Frank Hirth passes away following tragic accident in Africa

09/10/2018 News Team

Paul Hocking, the chairman and first employee of UK accountancy firm Frank Hirth, has sadly passed away in a tragic accident in Africa at the age of 62.

In a statement the firm said that his "devastating loss is felt deeply at Frank Hirth, by his friends, close clients and throughout the financial sector. Paul’s unmatched experience in the industry is highly valued in the private client world and will always be remembered. Paul was an inspirational leader, a kind-hearted man and a passionate advocate of his philanthropic work which many described as his real legacy. At this difficult time, we extend our deepest condolences and thoughts to all his family." 

Mr Hocking joined Frank Hirth in 1976 and became a partner in 1986, leading the tax practice for over 42 years and helping the company to grow from two to 220 employees.

Mr Hocking was the chairman for Two Wheels for Life and played an active role helping to raise money for the charity in Africa since 2008. The charity helps provide sustainable transport for ministries of health in seven African countries, helping provide access to healthcare for 14 million people. Mr Hocking once made the statement "I think philanthropy in all its forms needs more attention," and he stayed true to his word - being instrumental in raising over £700,000 in the last three years alone.

Mr Hocking has also acted as chair of the British American Business Inc. (BABI) tax forum in London and served for two years as a member of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC), a US Congressional tax committee reporting on matters to the Electronic Tax Administration. He was also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), an Associate of the Institute of Taxation (CTA), a US Enrolled Agent (EA), and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). 

Robyn Limmer, Frank Hirth's managing director, said : "It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye not only to a close colleague but a friend. Paul was a leader who influenced the lives of all at Frank Hirth and will always be remembered and loved. Although it is an emotionally difficult time for us all, Paul and I have spent significant time over the recent year planning for him to step down and transition to retirement. So it is all the more heart breaking that he leaves us in this way. Frank Hirth will ensure that the firm maintains Paul’s positive legacy and a ‘can do’ attitude and continue in the same vein we always have done."


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