Meet Our Team

  • Arthur Baguley

    T: +27 (21) 405 8606
    F: 086 674 8020

    Arthur is a consultant at MGI Bass Gordon, with over 40 years’ experience in the accounting and auditing profession. He provides a wide range of services to his clients including accounting, tax, management consulting, auditing and financial services. He is also the staff consultant at the firm.

    Arthur is an active member of an accounting discussion group, which meets on a monthly basis to discuss topical issues relating to the accounting profession.

    He was the treasurer of the Cape Town Cricket Club for 25 years. In addition, he was the chairman of the Management Committee of MGI Worldwide and was also the Chairman of MGI from 2007 to 2010. He currently is the International Committee member for MGI representing Africa.

    Arthur is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and is registered with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors.

  • Gerald Diamond


    Gerald has been involved with the accounting profession for more than 40 years and has predominantly concentrated on providing professional consulting services to entrepreneurs, their businesses and their family affairs. He believes that any advice is based on a thorough understanding of each client’s business. His aim is to identify problems before they arise, and to recognise and explore every opportunity for growth and profit.

    Over the years, he has gained wide experience in the retail, manufacturing and distribution industries, and also has extensive experience in dealing with family-owned and managed businesses, providing solutions for the challenges that face these enterprises.

    In 1979, he became an International Partner of a leading audit and accounting firm and in 1996 was appointed Country Managing Partner for South Africa. He thereafter retired from the firm and in 2002 established a boutique consulting practice. In August 2003 he merged this practice with MGI Bass Gordon.

    Over the years, he has held numerous honorary public, community and charitable positions. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Business Science Faculty at the University of Cape Town and continues to act as a guest lecturer to Business Science and Commerce students.

    Gerald holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town.

  • Prof. Phillip Haupt

    Independent Tax Consultant
    T: +27 21 405 8500
    F: +27 21 419 6720

    Phillip is a leading tax authority in South Africa and is an emeritus Associate Professor of Taxation at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of ‘Notes on South African Income Tax’ – a yearly publication and a must-have for all accountants, both in practice and commerce. He is a highly respected tax consultant and we are privileged to have him as a consultant to our team.

    Phillip has a Bachelor of Business Science (Law) as well as a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree (Tax). He specialises in taxation and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • Mathew Hendler

    T: (021) 405 8529
    F: 086 674 8017

    Mathew was born in Paarl, schooled in Cape Town, and completed the Board exam in 1964 after studying at the University of Cape Town.

    He joined Gross Hendler & Frank in 1967 as a partner after completing his military service, and married his wife Toni the same year. After three children, who arrived in quick succession, hard work and dedication became his blueprint.

    He joined MGI Bass Gordon in 2010 after the merger with Gross Hendler & Frank and has continued to form very strong bonds with all his clients and has always been on hand to give advice to their families, planning for the future in their best interests.

    Mathew’s children have followed suit in the accounting profession and he boasts four CAs in the family – in Chicago, Vancouver and Cape Town. He has six grandchildren. In his spare time, he has always enjoyed both watching and taking part in sport and after completing more than 20 marathons and a Comrades, he hung up his shoes and now enjoys a few rounds of social golf.

  • Leonard Solomon

    T: +27 (21) 405 8575
    F: 086 686 0944

    Leonard matriculated from SA College Schools (SACS) in Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1966. He was admitted as a partner in 1967 to a practice that merged with Gross Hendler & Frank in 1979. This firm later merged with MGI Bass Gordon in 2010.

    Leonard is engaged in many sporting codes. He currently plays bowls and is the immediate past-president of the Atlantic Green Point Bowling Club, having served as their president for five years.

    He is married to Elaine and they have two children, Michelle and Janine. He is also the proud grandfather of five.