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Welcome to Hamlyns

Based in Woking, Hamlyns is a different kind of Chartered Accountants. We genuinely put into practice the promise of an individual, tailored Premier Service for the complete range of our clients’ accounting and business development requirements.

The value we place on long-term relationships has been the secret of our success for nearly three decades. Our fresh, common sense approach is driven by the belief that our clients’ needs are dictated not just by the demands of their successful businesses but also by their personal circumstances and individual aspirations. And as Partners who own and manage the practice, we are fellow businesspeople who share those same demands and aspirations.

What makes Hamlyns different…

… is the time and dedication we put into getting to know each and every one of our clients on a one-to-one basis. We pride ourselves on developing precisely the depth of understanding required to offer the calibre of proactive and innovative advice across the board that will genuinely add value and help our clients achieve not only their current but also their long-term goals.

Unlike larger firms Hamlyns doesn’t have separate offices for different disciplines, so we don’t take the departmentalised approach that clients can find an obstacle when it comes to getting things done. We don’t pass clients from pillar to post, depending on what their particular requirement is; we offer a friendly and efficient single point of contact who has the authority to take decisions and the flexibility to pay rapid attention to the issue at hand.

In short, we see ourselves not simply as accountants but as advisers to business.  We don’t pretend to know everything about a client’s business – if we did, we’d be manufacturers, or property developers, or retailers – but what we do bring to the party is a real grasp of the challenges and opportunities facing business, and an open-minded, ideas-led and confident approach to the possible options and solutions.

This holistic approach, combined with the breadth and depth of each of our Partners’ experience, enables us to offer the professionalism of a leading London firm with the personal touch and attention to detail of a practice rooted in the local business community. Welcome to Hamlyns.

So whatever your accountancy needs, do get in touch for an informal discussion and find out how we can help you.

What we do
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Christopher Shrubb
FCA, FCCA
Head of Business Services Group
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Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a founder member of the Institute’s Faculty of Taxation. Prior to establishing Hamlyns as Founding Partner, he qualified with what is now Ernst & Young. Chris is also the finance director for a specialist software company and was a trustee of a national charity and the finance director of a public limited group of companies operating leading high street franchises. This extensive commercial experience has proven invaluable in working closely with clients in the development and implementation of their strategic goals. With success comes the need for effective tax planning, and Chris acts for high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, tackling all aspects of corporate and personal taxation.

Away from the practice, Chris is never happier than when he’s in deep water, exploring some of the world’s most challenging scuba-diving sites.

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David Cooper
FCCA, ACA
Head of Business Services Group
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David is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has also trained as a Lexcel Consultant and is a former Treasurer of Woking Chamber of Trade and Commerce. David has worked extensively in industry, giving him a wide-ranging breadth of commercial experience, and he built up his own firm which merged with Hamlyns in 2003 at which point he became a Partner. David has a wide client base of small, medium and large-sized enterprises as well as subsidiaries of multinational corporations. He provides audit, accountancy and tax planning services, and is closely involved in their business development and other financial and commercial issues. He also advises on tax planning matters for private clients and professional partnerships.

When he’s not guiding his clients through the metaphorical stormy seas of the business world, yachtsman David spends his free time experiencing the real thing under full sail.

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Claire Firth
CTA
Head of Private Client Group
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Claire is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and formerly worked with HM Revenue & Customs which has given her invaluable experience and insight into dealing with investigations and compliance checks. As a Chartered Tax Adviser, Claire’s long-established client portfolio is diverse, and she has a proactive, dynamic and professional attitude to advising private clients, their families and their trusts. She has a particular interest in inheritance tax, trust and estate tax planning strategies, capital gains tax and property taxation issues, including ‘Buy to Let’ and second homes. Claire also provides advice relating to UK and offshore trusts and helps clients with international issues regarding expatriate and overseas tax planning and relocations. Claire is also a former President of Woking Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Treasurer of Chobham Business Club.

Claire’s passion for tennis extends beyond playing on court to acting as an honorary steward at the hallowed grounds of the All England Club in Wimbledon.

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Colin Hayden-Cook
Head of Wealth Management
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Colin is Managing Director of HFS Hamlyns Financial Services Limited, an Appointed Representative of HFS Milbourne Financial Services Limited; an Independent Financial Adviser and Wealth Manager.  He is the co-founder and joint Managing Director of HFS Milbourne and has over 30-years’ experience within the financial services arena.  Colin set up Hayden Financial Services in 1985 and, in 2005, arranged the merger of Milbourne Financial Services to create HFS Milbourne.

Colin is a keen rugby and cricket fan and personal activities include cycling and endurance rowing.  In the last few years, Colin has completed a staged cycle challenge from London to Istanbul, taking him through Paris, Munich, Venice, Dubrovnik and Thessaloniki, with the last ride in September 2014 to Romania taking him through the beautiful Carpathian Mountains.

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Nicky Keeble
FCA
Associate, Business Services Group
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Nicky is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She spent five years with KPMG at its London office, after which she moved into industry in Finance Director roles in the security and aviation sectors. Feeling that her skills were better used in advising clients about their business, she moved back into the accountancy profession, joining Hamlyns in 2002. Nicky acts primarily for SMEs, providing the holistic advice they look for in an accountant. This role not only encompasses audit, accounting and taxation services but also involves assistance with day-to-day issues. Nicky also uses her commercial experience gained from working in industry to provide strategic advice to help her client businesses develop to their full potential.

To the delight of her colleagues (and to the detriment of their waistbands), Nicky adores ‘messing around in the kitchen’, especially as the end result so often involves chocolate!

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Karen Hookham
FCCA, MA BSc (Hons)
Manager, Business Services Group
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Amy Penstone-Smith
ACCA, BA (Hons)
Manager, Business Services Group
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Nick Weller
ACCA, BSc (Hons)
Manager, Business Services Group
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Mandy Phung
CTA, BA (Hons)
Manager, Private Client Group
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Tanya Dickson
Senior Tax Adviser,
Private Client Group
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What Clients Say

What our clients say

quotes "Hamlyns are an excellent organisation; I always find them very friendly whilst being professional and extremely efficient" quotes
Shelley Smyth, CEO
SAS & Company Limited
quotes "Hamlyns treat me as an individual. I don’t feel like “just another client to be processed" quotes
Diana Boulter, MD
DBA Speakers
quotes "Chris and his team gave us precisely the advice our business needed, even before we knew we needed it!" quotes
Mike Higgins, Managing Director
Hawkmoor Limited
quotes “It’s great that I always get to speak to the same Partner who knows our situation, so I don’t need to keep repeating things.” quotes
Johnny Richards, Finance Director
Normandy Garage
quotes "When we came to Hamlyns, we were a start up business. In a few years, they've really helped us become a major player in our sector" quotes
Frank Pawley MBE, Chairman
Global Travel Management Ltd
quotes "He doesn’t always tell me what I want to hear, but because we respect each other, we always end up agreeing a strategy together" quotes
Cathryn Webster, Managing Director
Format International Limited

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We are pleased to send you your copy of our spring newsletter. As now is an ideal time to turn your mind to a review of your personal and business tax strategies, this issue includes a special ‘Year end tax planning’ supplement which includes many tax efficient tips you may wish to consider.

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