Sunderland chartered accountancy TTR Barnes has expanded its financial services operation with the appointment of pension and mortgage specialist GEORGE FARNAN.

The 54-year-old brings 21 years' experience from his previous business, based in Norfolk Street, Sunderland, where he advised clients on mortgages and pension benefits.

He said: "I have dealt with TTR Barnes for the past 15 years and we have many mutual clients and I am sure I can add to the existing expertise of Sunderland's largest firm of chartered accountants and financial advisors."

Allan Russell, director of TTR Barnes Financial Services, said: "We are always looking out for ways to enhance the services we offer and were delighted when the opportunity arose for George to join the team. I am confident that our clients will benefit from the expanded practice."