Thomas Coombs & Son – Leeds, West Yorkshire

Thomas Coombs & Son are a firm of Chartered Accountants in Leeds that service many local, regional, national and international businesses and individuals.  Although they are one of the oldest and most respected independent firms of Chartered Accountants and business advisors in Yorkshire they are fully committed to an independent future and keep up to date with modern technology to make sure that this happens.

One of Thomas Coombs specialities is acting as Accountants for charities< including grant making trusts, schools, museums and social welfare charities across the UK.  As members of the UK200 Charities Group they can give advice on a wide range of items including compliance, taxation and planning.

Streets Accountants – East Midlands & East England

Streets Accountants are a Top 40 UK firm of Chartered Accountants with offices across East England and the East Midlands housing 22 partners and directors and employing nearly 150 staff.

Their clients include owner managed and family businesses, professionals, corporate entities, public sector organisations and high net work individuals both within the local areas and across the UK.

In addition to the normal accountancy services Streets have a dedicated tax practice that aims to ensure that their clients legally minimise their tax payments both at the current time and in the future.

Having offices in Cambridge, Grantham, Hull, Lincoln, Newmarket, Peterborough, Retford and Wyboston Lakes, mean that Streets can service clients throughout the East Midlands, East of England, and South and East Yorkshire.

PAW Consulting Ltd – Reading, Berkshire

PAW Consulting Ltd are a firm of Accountants in Reading that was established in 1998 and have many clients in the local community including both small and large businesses.

Their client list covers a wide range of industry sectors including :-

  • Media and television
  • Tour operators
  • Internet businesses
  • Wholesale distribution
  • Residential care homes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Event management
  • Mobile phone partners
  • Consultants
  • Recruitment
  • Design
  • and many others

Interestingly for accountants they publish their typical accountancy fees and offer a discount on the cost of preparing annual accounts for the first year that you use them as accountants.  Looking at these typical fees the author, who ran his own business for several years could have saved over £1,000 a year in accountancy fees if he had used PAW Consulting as his accountants.

Appeal on LPP for accountants rejected

The UK court of appeal has rejected calls from the accountancy profession for legal professional privilege (LPP) to be extended to the profession.

Dismissing the appeal, Lord Justice Lloyd said the definition of LPP was a matter for parliament not for the courts. He commented  “If it were to apply to members of other professions who give advice on points of law in the course of their professional activity, serious questions would arise as to its scope and application. To which accountants should it apply, given that ‘accountant’ does not by itself denote membership of any particular professional body, or the obligation to comply with any, or any particular, professional obligations?”

“To which other professional advisers would it apply? To what areas of the law would it apply as regards the advice of any adviser who is not a lawyer as such? These questions are serious and important and would require a clear answer in order that the scope and application of the extended LPP should be known and understood.”

The judicial review application was brought by the insurance company Prudential and was backed by the ICAEW and said that LPP should apply to advice given by accountants as the same advice given by solicitors or barristers enjoyed the protection provided by LPP.

From the comments made by Lord Justice Lloyd it seems that one of the problems is that anyone is entitled to call themselves an accountant and that there is no need to join a professional body, or take any professional qualifications, to do so.  This is unlike the legal profession which is protected and means that you can only call yourself a solicitor if you are qualified and registered.  The author wonders whether the next step will be that firms of accountants employ a solicitor to “sign off” the advice or act as a go-between between the client and the accountant – he knows that given the choice between the advice from an accountant or a lawyer when dealing with tax he would go to an accountant every time, just like he would go to a solicitor when buying or selling a house or for legal advice about employment etc.

Paul Evans & Co (Accountants) Ltd – Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan

Paul Evans & Co Accountants in PontypriddPaul Evans and Co are a firm of Accountants in Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan that were established 1994 and have clients of all sizes and ages in many industry sectors both in Pontypridd and across Mid Glamorgan and South Wales.

As you would expect from a firm that has been established for nearly 20 years, they are able to offer both general tax and accountancy services but the senior members of the team also have individual specialist skills which allows them to provide extra services and advice to clients.  Mr Paul Evans says on the website that “I understand the pressure, worries and hard work faced by people in their daily business lives and the effect it can have on their personal lives.  My advice takes this into consideration

Campbell and Stenton – Doncaster, South Yorkshire and Howden, East Yorkshire

Campbell & Stenton Accountancy is an established firm of Accountants in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and Howden, East Yorkshire that provide accounts, taxation and business advisory and support services to a wide range of businesses and individuals across the region.

Their clients cover many sectors including :-

  • Computer contractors and freelancers
  • The construction industry
  • Engineers
  • Manufacturing
  • The professions
  • Retailing
  • The Service sector

Campbell and Stenton pride themselves on offering a practical, friendly and efficient service to their clients being able to react quickly to their clients needs.