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Accounting for charities: accounts, re...

2019-05-17 10:59:05

Completing a set of charity accounts and filing them each year can feel like a familiar chore for many people involved with running a charity. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that around 3 in 10 of those accounts do not meet a basic level of reporting standards. This is according to a review by the Charity Commission, which found that only 70% of trustees’ annual reports and accounts meet the basic benchmark for public benefit reporting requirements. The Commission said the remaining 30% fell short for two main reasons, including a failure to prove the accounts had been ...


MTD - Making Tax Digital: the first st...

2019-04-23 15:18:00

MTD - Making Tax Digital: the first stage commences. If your business is VAT registered and turning over more than £85,000 a year it’s likely you’ll have heard of the Government’s new digital tax program: MTD - Making Tax Digital. The first mandatory stage of MTD was rolled out on 1 April 2019 with many businesses making their first returns under it by 7 October 2019. You can read more about the basic requirements of the scheme in our previous blog on MTD - but now the rules are in effect, what does ...


Does Stamp Duty affect you?...

2019-03-18 08:45:03

Does stamp duty affect you? The last thing you need as you enter retirement is the shock of discovering that you might not have the income you'd assumed, thanks to unexpected tax bills. Rules surrounding stamp duty land tax (SDLT) mean this could be the reality for many GPs when they come to sell their medical practice. According to the British Medical Association, SDLT is likely to affect increasing numbers of GP practices in the future, as more occupy leasehold properties and property prices vary. However, the way the tax applies to partnerships is a tricky area, and many GPs may...



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Brief history

In 1927, JCS opened its first office and over the last century, thanks to a loyal and growing customer base we have flourished and prospered. Now, more than 90 years on JCS are the accountants of choice for businesses in South West London who want more than just historical accounts.

The world we operate in has changed – forever! Your requirements will be different to those customers we served almost a century ago.

Core Ethos

Your personal and commercial needs have also changed as has the way many companies run their accounts function. At JCS we have future proofed our service to our clients. We are continually pioneering new and improved ways of serving our customers and delivering great value for money.

At JCS you get access to a well resourced practice with over 90 years experience working with companies in South West London.


Available to help businesses in South West London flourish and grow

Dick Haffenden MA FCA CTA


Tax Specialist

Paul Newton BSc FCA


Audit & accounts specialist

Miriam Hickson FCA CTA


Audit, VAT & Charity specialist

Joanna Walker MA FCA

Audit Manager

Audit, accounts & IT specialist

Sue Walker

Business Support Manager

Management Accounts Specialist

Dick Haffenden


Dick has worked in the fields of both audit and tax, advising owner managed businesses and their owners.

He is our tax specialist, able to identify and plan with clients the very best tax efficient routes – enabling them to keep more of their hard earned money. He also oversees the acquisition, merger and disposal of companies. This includes where necessary, re-structuring and re-financing using a variety of structures including UK or offshore trusts.


Miriam Hickson


Miriam advises a range of both commercial and charitable clients on all aspects of financial accounting and audit, with a particular aptitude for negotiating complex regulatory issues. She regularly provides training to both the staff and trustees or directors of clients.

Miriam is also a Chartered Tax Advisor with a special interest in VAT, and has provided specialist advice to a national charity on this subject, as well as dealing with a number of other complex areas including land transactions and international services.

Miriam enjoys working with clients who are looking for support and advice as their business or organisation grows, and regularly attends Board Meetings to advise directors and trustees.

When not advising clients, Miriam enjoys being creative with both sewing and cooking, and is active in a local church. The furthest Miriam has travelled for an audit assignment was to Moscow, where she was auditing a project for a charitable client – in Russian!


Paul Newton


Paul has a wealth of experience advising on financial reporting and audit for clients in a wide range of commercial sectors, including UK subsidiaries of overseas groups.

He also takes an interest in smaller businesses, advising on the choice of accounting software, management accounts, budgeting and providing general financial and tax advice. He particularly enjoys getting alongside clients, understanding their business, and being on hand to answer queries through the year.

When away from the office, Paul enjoys family days out and plays (very!) competitive squash and table tennis. His sporting claim to fame was to receive a table tennis trophy from Sir David Frost in the Albert Hall!


Joanna Walker

Audit Manager

Joanna has worked with a range of clients of all sizes in a wide variety of sectors.

She has considerable experience in assisting both commercial and charitable clients in the production of their annual accounts and other management information. She also has a particular ability to help clients implement accounting systems and tailor IT packages to suit their particular needs.


Sue Walker

Business Support Manager

Sue heads up our business support department, which provides bookkeeping and management accounts services to medium and small enterprises, both in the office and based at clients’ premises. The department also prepares VAT returns and assists clients with budgets and cashflow projections. Sue particularly enjoys working with small businesses and clients in the healthcare sector such as care homes, doctors and dentists.

Sue likes to keep fit by attending regular Pilates classes and enjoys mountain biking with friends at the weekends. On a Sunday morning Sue can be found in the bell tower of her local church practising the art of campanology.




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