Bernard Hoffman



"I have worked with Gerald Edelman for many years. The team have always provided sensible and pragmatic advice, and I have always been impressed with their work. Bernie Hoffman, in particular, has worked with me for over 22 years and has become an invaluable trusted adviser and friend – and his enthusiasm for the game always makes for fantastic conversation!"

Gareth Southgate

One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to interact with interesting people on a day-to-day basis and moreover, being able to build real relationships with my clients – rectifying people’s problems is in my nature and I always want to help my clients in any way I can, be that with business or personal issues. I don’t see myself as just their accountant, but as their friend and confidante whenever they need me.  
In my role at Gerald Edelman, much of my work is focused on general accountancy and tax work for SMEs, as well as dealing with insolvency issues. I have helped many clients to build their businesses from the bottom up. My clients operate across a range of sectors, but I have particularly deep experience in the sports sector as many years ago I became a licensed football agent. Over the years, I’ve dealt with not only my sports clients’ accounting and tax needs, but also negotiated their contracts. I am fortunate enough to still enjoy both personal and professional relationships with many of these individuals.
If you’re interested…
I first joined Gerald Edelman back in 1967 and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1969. I left for a few years to work in industry and spent some time in the role of Finance Director for a high street retailer. After just over ten years away, I rejoined the firm and later became a partner. Even though I retired from the partnership in 2012, I still truly enjoy the work that I do as a Consultant and fully intend to carry on for many years to come.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Many years ago, I went skiing on man-made slopes near New Jersey. I had never skied before and  was taken up to the top of a black run in a ski-lift and was told to just jump off! Suffice it to say I walked all the way back down and booked myself a lesson!

What is the most exciting thing on your bucket list?
I thoroughly enjoy train journeys and one day I hope to travel on the Orient Express on the South-East Asia line which follows the the River Kwai. Along with the amazing places I would see, I quite enjoy having the opportunity to dress up for dinner!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to heal – I would love to cure all illness in the world and eliminate suffering.

Who inspires you / who’s your hero and why?
Muhammad Ali was an inspiration in his day, both as a sporting figure and in his work as an activist and philanthropist.