March 7th, 2012

All accountants are not created equal

Legally anyone can call themselves an ‘accountant’ without any training or experience. I’m biased and will always say that a chartered accountant is the ‘best’. However to be fair there are some other excellent professional qualifications, CTA and ACCA spring to mind.

Unfortunately there are a few professional organisation which have sprung up solely with the purpose of making it appear to the unwary that the accountant is qualified. Membership of these organisations is secured by paying a fee and often nothing more. If you’re suspicious then take a look at the website of the professional body to see how easy it is to complain about a member.

To make sure your finances are in the right hands then choose an ICAEW Chartered Accoutant (like us!).

ICAEW Chartered Accountants can be recognised by the ACA or FCA after their name.

They are:

– qualified chartered accountants who complete a minimum of three years in-depth training including practical experience

-committed to continuing professional development training every year to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date

– members of ICAEW – The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

– bound by ICAEW’s Code of Ethics and subject to our disciplinary procedures

– required to hold a practicing certificate and professional indemnity insurance if they offer professional services to the public

– subject to review as part of ICAEW’s Practice Assurance scheme, which demonstrates their commitment to quality assurance, and upholding and developing the highest professional standards

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John manages a wide portfolio of owner managed businesses and oversees the smooth operation of the firm’s payroll department.

After obtaining his degree in mathematics from the University of Liverpool, John joined Jonathan Ford & Co in 2004 and qualified as a chartered accountant four years later. John likes to keep abreast of developments in tax and accounting and is responsible for the mentoring of junior staff.

Outside of work, John enjoys powerlifting and is a Liverpool FC season ticket holder.

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