Why you should choose Hamlyns
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However the tides of life may be turning, we’re your constant lifeline
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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
Christopher Shrubb

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 Cooper

David is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and 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.

Nicky Keeble

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 clients businesses develop to their full potential. Nicky is the firm’s audit compliance officer, advising clients, fellow partners and staff on audit and accounting issues.

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!


Sam Thomas
ACA BA (Hons)

Sam is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After reading History at Oxford University he went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with a central London firm after which he spent five years with Barclays Investment Bank.

Sam decided to return to practice to work closely with individuals and their businesses to help them achieve their goals by applying the strategic planning knowledge he gained from his role at Barclays. In addition to advising SMEs across a wide range of sectors on issues including R&D tax credits; Sam also advises solicitors on all aspects of accounting and taxation and the SRA rules.

Away from the office Sam enjoys walking his dog on Chobham common, watching Welsh rugby and looking after his young daughter.

Colin Hayden-Cook
Head of Wealth Management

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.

Amy Penstone-Smith
FCCA, BA (Hons)
Senior Manager
Karen Hookham
FCCA, MA BSc (Hons)
Senior Manager
Edward Nice
CFP Chartered MCSI
Chartered Financial Planner
Tanya Dickson
Tax Manager
George Doyle
ACA BSc (Hons)
Andrew Douthwaite
What Clients Say

What our clients say

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 We have been working together for over 10 years and our relationship is vital to the success of our business; I would not hesitate to recommend them. quotes
Angela Hall, Partner
Occupational Health Professionals LLP
quotes I appreciate Hamlyns expert and informed guidance and helpful approach. quotes
Shahid Azeem, Managing Director
Arcom IT
quotes Hamlyns took the stress away by anticipating and understanding what I needed. quotes
Jonny Lamb, Managing Director
PromoLogistics Limited
quotes Hamlyns gave me great advice and hand-holding to ensure my exit from the company was quick and clean. I am also thousands of pounds better off. Thank you, thank you. quotes
Douglas Cooke, former Director

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