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.
… 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"Hamlyns are an excellent organisation; I always find them very friendly whilst being professional and extremely efficient"Shelley Smyth, CEOSAS & Company Limited
"Hamlyns treat me as an individual. I don’t feel like “just another client to be processed"Diana Boulter, MDDBA Speakers
"Chris and his team gave us precisely the advice our business needed, even before we knew we needed it!"Mike Higgins, Managing DirectorHawkmoor Limited
“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.”Johnny Richards, Finance DirectorNormandy Garage
"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"Frank Pawley MBE, ChairmanGlobal Travel Management Ltd
"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"Cathryn Webster, Managing DirectorFormat International Limited