2015 RANKING OF TOP ACCOUNTING FIRMS

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2016's List and Review of The Top Accounting Firms in London.


Finding the Best Accountants in London, UK

Individuals and families are often on the lookout for top accounting firms in London that can help them with their accounting, tax planning, audit, estate, and other accountancy needs.

With just a handful of online review resources that cover UK accountancy firms, finding top rated accounting firms in London can sometimes be challenging.

If you are looking for one of the best accountants in London or a top UK chartered accounting firm, the article below has been developed to help streamline and simplify your research and selection process.

Below is the list of this year’s best ranking London accountancy firms, followed by a comparison review table of the various factors that make these the top accountancies in London and across the UK.

Best Accountants in London



List of the Top Accounting Firms in London

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This list is sorted alphabetically (click any of the above names to go directly to the detailed review for that accounting firm).


Our Selection Methodology – Finding Top Accountants in London

What was our approach and methodology for identifying, researching, and finalizing this list of accountancy firms in London?

The traditional methodologies used for selecting and ranking UK accounting firms are normally focused on the total annual fee income, number of partners, number of fee earners, and firm size.

To generate a more reflective ranking, AdvisoryHQ went beyond how much revenue an accounting firm makes, how large the firm is, and how much money each partner makes or brings in. 

We developed a breakthrough UK Accounting Firm Selection Methodology, which is based on the quality of services provided, level of customized services, client relationship approach, firm innovation, experience level, client satisfaction, and a wide range of other variables. Click here to read more about our methodology. 

Accounting Firm Selection Methodology


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What We Like About the Top Selected London Accountants

In the table below, we have highlighted the various elements that we liked about each of the selected London accountants on our list.

These highlights include key factors that you’ll want to take into consideration when searching for and selecting a London accountant that matches your needs.

Click the link below for contact information and a detailed list of services provided by each of these top UK accounting firms.

Contact Info & List of Services Provided by the Top Accountants in London

Selection and Comparison Table – Best London Accounting Firms

Accountants (London) Selection Factors – What We Like About These Accounting Firms Types of Clients & Sectors Covered

Accountants “R” Us

  • Accountants "R" Us is a highly ranked London accountancy comprising Chartered Certified Accountants and tax advisers with a strategy of collaborating closely with their corporate and individual clients
  • Such collaboration includes a mindset of “not just working for you but rather working alongside you – as an integral part of your business team”
  • The firm has two types of fee models that clients find highly attractive: (1) a time basis fee model and (2) an agreed fixed fee
  • Over 90% of the firm's clients go with the fixed fee rate, as there is little to no possibility of hidden fees
  • In situations where a client chooses to go with the "time basis" rate, Accountants "R" Us will specify a fee ceiling level and will then work on your behalf until that ceiling point is reached, at which time an invoice is generated. This is a great control point as there is never a situation where you get a build-up of unbilled time and end up experiencing unexpected, large fees
  • Accountants “R” Us provides a wide range of accounting and tax related services to meet any of your accounting-related needs
  • Charitable foundations
  • Executorships
  • Individuals
  • International firms
  • Self-employed
  • Small businesses
  • Subcontractors
  • Trusts

Arnold Hill & Co LLP

  • Arnold Hill & Co LLP is a top ranking accounting firm in London that has been in business for over one hundred years. During this time, the firm has become known as a reliable and resourceful firm of chartered accountants in London
  • The firm’s office is conveniently located in the heart of London, close to Trafalgar Square
  • Arnold Hill & Co LLP has a strategy where clients are assigned to the same staff member throughout the relationship (unless otherwise deemed inappropriate). This is a great strategy as it provides a situation where trust and a long-lasting relationship can be built and maintained
  • The firm provides a wide range of accounting and tax-related services to meet any of your accounting-related needs: audit, accountancy, corporate and personal taxation, trust, etc.
  • Arnold Hill & Co LLP serves a wide range of clients, ranging from individuals seeking help with personal taxation to international groups of companies requiring business consultancy
  • Other clientele include family trusts, charitable foundations, and small businesses outsourcing their bookkeeping and payroll work
  • Charitable foundations
  • Family trusts
  • Individuals
  • International firms
  • International groups
  • Small businesses

Arram Berlyn Gardner

  • Arram Berlyn Gardner was established in 1966, and has a long track record of providing value-added services to its client base
  • Most impressive is the company’s four core values of (1) being proactive and working alongside you, (2) providing value-added services to help you grow, (3) providing prompt services, (4) and ensuring that each engagement is led by one of the firm’s partners
  • Over the years, the firm has earned its place as a top firm of chartered accountants, auditors, and tax and business advisers located in London
  • The firm offers clients a full range of accounting, audit, tax planning, bookkeeping, VAT, PAYE, and tax returns
  • Arram Berlyn Gardner’s extensive expertise includes a vast range of industries: consumer industry (retail manufacturing, tech/IT, marketing & advertising, precious metals/jewellery, recruitment, and renewable energy), travel & leisure, creative sector (actors & agents, presenters & comedians, film, animation & TV producers), real estate & property, professional & financial services, charity, education, & healthcare
  • Agents
  • Businesses
  • Corporations
  • Freelancers
  • Individuals

Barnes & Scott Chartered Accountants

  • Barnes & Scott is a member of the institute of chartered accountants in England and Wales
  • The firm was established to provide a wide range of accounting services to three types of clientele in the London area: (1) growing businesses, (2) start-ups, (3) and entrepreneurs
  • Barnes & Scott’s focus is on digital, media and technology companies in London’s Tech City (located in Central and East London)
  • This focus has allowed the firm to specialise in accounting and tax issues that are specifically faced by their clients. Such issues include R&D tax credits, seed enterprise investment schemes, and enterprise management incentives
  • Barnes & Scott also works with freelancers, contractors, and sole traders. Such clients are normally in need of taxation and advisory services
  • Barnes & Scott’s business packages come with a dedicated bookkeeper and unlimited customer support by phone and email
  • Growing businesses
  • Contractors
  • Digital companies
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Freelancers
  • Media companies
  • Sole traders
  • Start-ups
  • Technology companies
BKL LLP
  • BKL LLP is a highly ranked North London Chartered Accountancy firm that provides a wide range of tax, accounting, and financial advisory services.
  • BKL is able to provide such an array of advisory support due to its well-experienced team of 16 partners and over 115 supporting staff members.
  • The BKL team believes in a collaborative strategy when working with clients. As such, the firm assigns a partner to each client to act as a relationship manager for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of a client’s needs.
  • Such a collaborative approach involves a mindset of not only working for the client but also working alongside the client – as a partner in his/her success.
  • Charities
  • Co-operatives
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Family-run businesses
  • Franchises
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Limited companies
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Partnerships
  • Sole traders
  • Trusts

Blick Rothenberg LLP

  • Blick Rothenberg LLP is a leading accountancy firm in London and one of the largest single office practices in the UK
  • Blick Rothenberg LLP is well-known as a diverse UK corporate practice with a strong reputation for advising entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses, and large UK international businesses, including listed companies
  • It is a recognized market leader that supports overseas businesses seeking to grow and develop in the UK
  • The firm's private client function is a technically and client-focused private client practice that delivers proactive advice and solutions that are tailored to the needs of individual clients
  • Blick Rothenberg LLP is also very active in the community and supports charitable and not for profit organisations
  • It is also focused on providing financial and HR outsourcing solutions to businesses expanding internationally
  • It comprises independent chartered accountants who provide clients with a wide range of accounting services, including audit, assurance, and business advisory services, as well as providing advice on UK corporate and personal tax matters
  •  The firm provides a comprehensive level of services (see table below)
  • International groups looking to do business in the UK
  • International listed companies
  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Private individual clients
  • Small start-ups
  • UK businesses expanding overseas

Buzzacott Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers

  • Buzzacott is built on a “specialist team” based strategy. Rather than having a single specialist, you are assigned a team of specialists
  • The team-based strategy has allowed Buzzacott to expand its popularity and footprint in the accounting and tax advisory space in London and across the UK
  • Through Buzzacott’s membership in PrimeGlobal (one of the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world) it is able to provide services in 90 countries worldwide
  • Buzzacott currently has over 270 staff members and specialists working with 33 partners in specialist teams. Operating as a unit is a tremendous advantage as it facilitates quick and easy communication and an environment of collaboration in providing services to clients
  • The firm’s “specialist teams” combine niche expertise in international and regulation-intensive sectors – expatriates, charities, and LLPs – with excellence in mainstream tax and financial management services
  • Businesses
  • Charitable foundations
  • Corporations
  • Executorships
  • Individuals
  • International firms
  • International groups looking to do business in the UK
  • International listed companies
  • Small businesses
  • Trusts
  • UK businesses expanding overseas

 

Cameron Baum

  • Cameron Baum was started in 1994 by Daniel Baum
  • If you are looking for a team of reliable and proactive chartered accountants who will do more than just respond to your needs, then you’ll want to consider Cameron Baum
  • Mr. Baum is a general practitioner with a deep and thorough understanding of both business and tax issues. He brings this experience to help clients grow their own businesses in a tax-efficient manner
  • Cameron Baum is a top rated accounting firm in London with accountants that work alongside you to accomplish your accounting-related needs and requirements
  • Cameron Baum is made up of Central London accountants, whose strategy is to become an integral part of a client’s advisory team
  • The firm is a registered UK auditor and provides accounting preparation, audit, and tax-related services
  • Cameron Baum’s team of in-house financial analysts will review your company’s accounts and other financial data to provide insightful reports
  • Cameron Baum’s team of chartered accountants and business and tax advisers work closely with businesses as a quasi-FD. They help a firm’s management in improving management accounts, cash flows, and KPIs
  • A big focus of the firm is in providing a warm and friendly culture of support
  • Businesses
  • Charitable foundations
  • Corporations
  • Executorships
  • Individuals
  • International firms
  • Start-ups
  • Trusts

Carrington Blake Accountancy

  • If you are looking for a London accounting firm that does a lot more than just taking care of the numbers, then you'll want to consider Carrington Blake Accountancy for your personal or business accounting needs
  • Carrington Blake Accountancy primarily serves small and medium-sized businesses that lack access to a financial department
  • The firm provides daily accounting support and long-term advice as a part of the service they offer
  • Carrington Blake Accountancy has a strategy of working with clients in strategic planning and making tough calls based on partial information and building markets
  • Carrington Blake Accountancy is a local accounting firm based in East London
  • The firm promises to be more than just a chartered accountant in London. Their relationship model is built around listening and working with businesses to help them grow and achieve excellence in the local East London area
  • Freelancers
  • Mid-size enterprises
  • Property owners
  • Self-employed
  • Small firms
  • Start-ups

Carter Backer Winter LLP (CBW)

  • Carter Backer Winter LLP has won a wide range of awards and accolades based on its history of providing high-quality accounting, tax, and business services
  • Accolades include “best employer,” “UK mid-tier firm of the year,” and “most innovative large firm of the year award” amongst others
  • Now they can include AdvisoryHQ News’ “Top 30 Accountants in London” to their long list of accolades.
  • Carter Backer Winter LLP is built around five key pillars: integrity, care (lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with clients), pride (taking pride in what they do), innovative and quality service (CBW people embrace continual improvement – in both themselves and in the quality they deliver), and loyalty (members of the firm stand by each other and by all those relationships held dear)
  • The firm has commoditized the core accounting requirements of small to medium-sized businesses (audit, accounts, planning, reports, tax compliance, etc.) into a dedicated, cost-efficient package of services
  • This packaged service allows small businesses to manage their time and cash by paying in instalments
  • Carter Backer Winter is also a great London accountant option for mid-sized, owner-managed businesses. It has a full range of city experts plus the close service of a smaller firm
  • Small businesses
  • Fast growing & ambitious small businesses
  • Mid-size businesses
Dixon Wilson – UK Chartered Accountants
  • Dixon Wilson is one of the leading firms of chartered accountants with offices in Central London and Paris
  • Founded in 1888, Dixon Wilson specialises in providing tax, accountancy, and financial advice services to high-net-worth private clients, including their families, trusts, and businesses
  • Clients benefit from the firm’s strategy of providing personal and partner-led services that are customized to each individual client’s needs
  • Dixon Wilson also has a successful approach of forming strong relationships with their clients’ other professional advisers to ensure that clients receive a well-rounded level of financial, accounting, and tax services
  • Dixon Wilson has won numerous awards and accolades based on its 120+ years of outstanding accounting and tax services. The firm was nominated for Accountant of the Year 2014 and named as one of the Top 35 Under 35 for 2014
  • The firm believes in forming long-lasting relationships with families of all types and sizes, with some of these relationships dating back over 80 years and spanning multiple generations
  • Dixon Wilson also has a long-established history of assisting landed estates across the United Kingdom
  • Individuals
  • Employers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Family offices
  • Corporations
  • Sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • Charities
  • Trusts, trustees, and executors
  • Pension schemes

Glazers Chartered Accountants

  • Glazers brings a forward-thinking strategy to providing services to clients
  • The firm comprises chartered accountants, business consultants, and financial advisers based in North West London
  • Glazers’ focus is on small, mid, and large-sized businesses and personal clients that expect the highest level of accounting and financial services
  • Glazers has a team of 35 professionals, including 6 partners with an extensive level of industry knowledge and experience
  • Glazers’ longest-serving partner, Stewart Okin, joined the firm in 1986 after training with a top fifty financial practice. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978

 

  • Individuals
  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Small to medium-sized companies
  • Start-ups
  • UK subsidiaries of foreign parent companies

Howlader& Co.

  • Howlader & Co. was founded in 1968 and is based in the very heart of London
  • Since being launched, Howlader & Co. has experienced a rapidly growing client base due to its friendly, fast, and reliable service
  • Howlader & Co. is an award-winning firm that is made up of chartered accountants in London who were formerly at the big four accounting firms
  • The firm’s clients will tell you that the firm is responsive, fast, and a low-cost firm for a wide range of accounting needs
  • Howlader & Co. is especially known as a “firm that cares.” Their focus is not on how much revenue they can make but, rather, how they can build a long-lasting relationship with each and every client
  • As stated on the firm’s About Us page, “At Howlader & Co we realise the personal touch is crucial. We make it our mission to spot everything, leaving no stone unturned – we think attention to detail is crucial!”
  • Barristers
  • Colleges and schools
  • Dentists
  • Doctors
  • Franchisees
  • IT contractors
  • Private equity, real estate, and funds
  • Restaurants and takeaways
  • Retailers
  • Self-employed
  • Small businesses
  • Small to large pubs
  • Other sectors

HW Fisher & Company

  • Founded in 1933, HW Fisher & Company is a top ranking accounting firm in London with 29 partners and over 250 supporting staff
  • HW Fisher has a strategy to be the most outstanding independent firm in London, with a client list that competes with the best UK accounting firms
  • HW Fisher & Company is 100% committed to proactive environmental management and minimising the negative impact of our business operations on the environment
  • HW Fisher’s clients come from a wide range of different backgrounds and are active in all branches of commerce and industry
  • The firm’s top-notch reputation is grounded in providing quality and cost-efficient services
  • The firm is a commercially astute organisation and provides personal, partner-led service aimed at entrepreneurial, small to medium-sized enterprises. Other client types include large corporations and high-net-worth individuals
  • The firm’s professional approach combined with a commitment to personal service ensures their specialists are closely involved with client requirements
  • Awards and accolades include the Finance for the Future Award and being named a top 25 accounting firm in the UK. In addition, the firm has been selected as a finalist for the British Accountancy Awards
  • Small to mid-size businesses
  • Energy and agricultural firms
  • Financial services firms
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Media
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Not for profit
  • Pensions
  • Professional practices
  • Property
  • Public sector
  • Retail
  • Technology and communications
  • Large corporations
  • High-net-worth individuals and families

James Cowper Kreston

  • James Cowper Kreston is part of Kreston International, a global network of accounting firms
  • Professionalism, flexibility, and passion are three key elements that set James Cowper Kreston apart from other UK accounting firms
  • As a leading accountancy, James Cowper Kreston’s aim is simple: draw on their extensive expertise to help clients achieve real success
  • James Cowper Kreston offers a wide range of integrated services across a spectrum of industries
  • The firm has an excellent track record for retaining clients
  • James Cowper Kreston focuses on providing business direction, corporate finance, business tax,  business assurance, outsourcing, and private client tax services to clients
  • For international organizations looking to expand in the UK, James Cowper Kreston is ideally equipped to ease your expansion into Europe or the UK
  • James Cowper Kreston is registered with the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).  Authorisation from PCAOB is now a legal requirement for any firm of auditors wanting to work with UK subsidiaries of listed US-based companies
  • Sectors
  • Academies
  • Charities and education
  • Bloodstock
  • Equine and sports horses
  • Environmental
  • Farms and estates
  • Film and entertainment
  • Leisure
  • Listed companies
  • Manufacturing
  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Professional services
  • Property and construction
  • Technology

Jeffreys Henry LLP

  • Jeffreys Henry LLP was started over 130 years ago and comprises tax advisers and chartered accountants in London that provide value-added accountancy, audit, tax, and advisory services
  • The firm has an international footprint through its partnership with JHI (JHI is a global association of accountants and advisers)
  • Jeffreys Henry LLP is considered a well-known leading firm of chartered accountants in London
  • From personal tax advice to international arrangements, Jeffreys Henry LLP aims to add value by identifying tax planning opportunities and helping clients avoid potential pitfalls and penalties
  • Jeffreys Henry LLP has a time-tested strategy of providing cutting-edge tax advice and financial planning services
  • AIM, ISDX, and GXG listed companies
  • Creative industry firms
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Fast-growing tech/digital businesses
  • Individuals
  • International firms
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Property portfolios
  • UK corporations

Kingsley & Co.

  • Kingsley & Co. is an East London firm of Chartered Certified Accountants and tax consultants
  • Kingsley & Co. provides a wide range of accountancy services and advice for small to medium-sized businesses and start-ups
  • The firm has a strategy of providing personalized services to each of their clients
  • As stated on Kingsley & Co.’s website, “We deal personally and directly with each client to provide thorough bookkeeping and financial advice”
  • Kingsley & Co. consistently receives high ratings and praise from its clients Here is an example: “I have had the pleasure of using Kingsley & Co for the last 10 years, and I have never been happier. I have been impressed with Kingsley & Co.’s timeliness of information and the level of professionalism displayed when dealing with my accounts. I have also found Kingsley & Co.’s tax expertise second to none”
  • If you are looking for a team of dedicated, proactive, and approachable accountants, then you’ll want to consider Kingsley & Co.
  • Business start-ups
  • Small and mid-sized businesses
  • Charities & not for profit
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Multimedia
  • Medical profession
  • Investment & financial
  • Manufacturing
  • Consultants & contractors
  • Forensic accounting
  • Virtual finance directors

Kingston Smith

  • Kingston Smith is firm of chartered accountants and leading advisers that provide services to entrepreneurs and businesses
  • One key advantage that Kingston Smith brings to the table is its international footprint via its membership in KS International (a worldwide association of independent accountancy firms). This allows the firm to provide relevant knowledge and expertise support to businesses and individuals on an international basis, whether they are seeking to expand their business abroad or are overseas businesses seeking to expand their presence in London or in the UK
  • In addition, Kingston Smith has the necessary expertise in undertaking audit assurance and tax work for UK subsidiaries and branches reporting to overseas holding companies
  • Clients have found Kingston Smith to be “very informative, approachable, and highly experienced when giving advice to businesses”
  • Each client is allocated a dedicated client service team, which is managed by a partner and a manager
  • Entrepreneurial businesses
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Private individuals

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants

  • Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants is one of our highest rated accounting firms in the UK
  • The firm was established as a small London accounting office in 1905 by William Mercer. From the firm's humble beginning, Mercer & Hole has evolved through the years into a globally recognized, top-ranked accounting and business advisory firm comprising 18 partners and over 140 staff members
  • Within the London office, Mercer & Hole offers a full suite of accounting business services to both individuals and small to large-sized business organizations
  • Mercer & Hole’s London office has concentrated expertise in supporting private clients
  • In addition, Mercer & Hole’s London office has a strong general practice, financial planning, and restructuring & insolvency presence
  • Mercer & Hole Chartered has a large number of experts that stay up-to-date with sector-specific rules and regulations. This enables the firm to provide professional advice tailored to their clients’ individual requirements
  • Financial services Regulated businesses
  • Food and beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and leisure
  • Manufacturing
  • Not for profit
  • Property and construction
  • Retail
  • Technology, media & communication
  • Waste management

Sobell Rhodes

  • Sobell Rhodes is a top rated and recognized accounting firm that offers a wide variety of accounting and auditing services
  • Sobell Rhodes has worked with hundreds of clients across different industries to help these clients grow their businesses
  • The firm provides a wide array of services ranging from on-going bookkeeping and payroll services to more specialised offerings, like tax consultancy or audit services
  • Here is a statement from a Sobel Rhodes client: "The firm takes the time to fully comprehend our business, makes suggestions and looks at things from all angles to decide on the best approach to our accounts, making sense and bringing management tools for us"
  • Sobell Rhodes has won numerous awards and accolades over the years, including "British Independent Firm of the Year," " Accountancy Age Medium Firm of the Year," and "UK Most Innovative Accounting Firm"
  • The initial meeting with Sobell Rhodes can take place at either your premises or at the firm's offices in London
  • Sobell Rhodes has a strategy that is built around helping firms increase profits, grow their business, and reduce tax liabilities
  • When it comes to Sobell Rhodes' fees, they promise that clients "will always know our fees in advance or the basis of our fees for any assignment, so there are no hidden surprises"
  • Individuals
  • Charities
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Solicitors
  • Property and building
  • Small, mid, and large-sized companies

Streets

  • Streets Chartered Accountants is another one of my highest rated, top London accounting firms.
  • Streets was founded by John Schofield Streets in January of 1907; today, the firm is a nationally recognized company of chartered accountants that provide tax, audit, and accountancy services
  • Streets has a strategy of providing a personalised and partner-led approach to support clients
  • Streets is well-known as a firm that provides proactive advisory support to help their clients attain their personal and business goals
  • With offices in London, Bedford, Cambridge, Grantham, Hull, Lincoln, Sheffield, and other regions across the UK, Streets is well-positioned to service clients throughout the East Midlands, East of England, and South and East Yorkshire
  • Streets has 27 partners and directors that are supported by over 100 staff members

 

  • Owner-managed
  • Family businesses
  • Small businesses
  • Professional firms
  • Third-sector organisations
  • Private clients

Click the link below for the respective contact information and a detailed list of services provided by each of these accounting firms.

Contact Info & List of Services – Top Accountants in London

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Other Well-Known UK Accounting Firms – Largest UK Accountancy Firms

As discussed above, our selection is not based on the traditional selection factors that depend on a firm’s size, total fee income, number of partners, and fees per partner.

However, assuming we had applied the traditional selection methodology used across the industry, the firms listed below would have been considered the “top accountants in London.”

Currently, these are considered the biggest accounting-related firms in the UK based on total UK fee income.

Biggest Accounting Firms in the UK

Sorted by total fee income (largest to smallest):

  1. PwC
  2. Deloitte
  3. KPMG 
  4. EY
  5. Grant Thornton UK 
  6. BDO 
  7. Baker Tilly
  8. Smith & Williamson 
  9. Mazars
  10. Moore Stephens UK
  11. PKF UKI 
  12. Saffery Champness 
  13. Haines Watts
  14. Crowe Clark Whitehill
  15. Begbies Traynor

accountancy age's 50-50 survey of the biggest UK accountancy

Source: Accountancy Age’s 50+50 Survey of the UK’s Biggest Firms


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