What our clients say about us
"The firm has a large number of staff, with individuals skilled in different areas, so I continue to get very good all-round support and help."
An accountant should be for life, not just your tax returns.
Indeed, Carol Cotton, the director of a company that Harris Lipman looked after before she retired, appreciates the whole-life service offered by the firm.
"We have the reassurance of knowing that part of the business none of us wants to spend time on has a very sharp eye being kept on it."
As a specialist policy research agency, Woodnewton Associates is committed to working with clients to help them understand their audiences through the use of polls, focus groups and other research strategies.
“We get clients ask for a recommendation fairly frequently and Harris Lipman would be the obvious choice."
After a bad experience with its previous accountant, Simpson Bowers Wealth Management, a firm of Independent Financial Advisors, was looking for a new accountancy relationship.
Simpson Bowers Wealth Management
"What a positive experience it has been knowing you and your colleagues. The ONLY compensation I can think of in getting older and fatter is not having to do a tax return! You can be certain I will recommend you and your company to any of my friends who might need your expertise.
"'Thank you' seems a bit inadequate for all the support you have provided for me, in a variety of formats, but it comes with huge sincerity. May 2013 be good for you."
Mrs W Harries
“Ever since I first dealt with Harris Lipman in 2001, I have commented on how good the customer service is when I call or come to the office."
When Kirsty Coller moved from an administrative and contract handling role to become the receptionist at Engage Education after two years with the company, there was only one firm the education recruitment specialists wanted to model their customer service on – Harris Lipman.
“Without fail, every year the postman posts a card through my letter box and every birthday morning the kids bring up the one card that has been sitting on the telephone table, with excited voices… ”open it, open it, who’s it from”… It always brings a big smile to my face when I see it is from you - I really appreciate the effort that you make Martin, it means a lot."
"Thank you for being guiding light during the last 5 years – here’s to many more."
“Harris Lipman is there at the time and responsive. When buying property, you need to act fast – things move quickly or you lose out."
“Modern businesses want more from their accountant,” says Mike Elson, director of property development firm Haleglade Ltd."
“The team at Harris Lipman is very client focused and has a get on with it attitude."
Hierons is a Belgravia-based firm of solicitors which specialises in corporate law and commercial litigation. The practice prides itself on being entirely client driven and on getting the work done quickly and well – qualities that Hierons also values in its professional service providers.
“May I say, Barry, how pleased I have been with the company’s relationship with Harris Lipman. It really has been a pleasure working with you and your team.
The person with whom I have had most dealing over the years has been Gillian who has looked after the company’s affairs without fault and with unfailing good humour. I shall always be grateful for her efficiency and kindness that she has always shown me personally.
With many thanks for your advice and wisdom”.
“I had never wanted to get into this position, but it went past the critical point when my father was very ill. I was washed out to sea and couldn’t get back until Harris Lipman enabled me to live a more normal life."
With HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) able to invoke fines of up to 200 percent for individuals who shelter money offshore without paying UK tax on this income, great savings can be made using one of the disclosure opportunities available, such as the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF).
“Working with Harris Lipman takes the weight off my shoulders, as I know everything is done correctly.”
Compatibility is a factor that shouldn’t be underestimated in any relationship, especially the one between a business and its accountancy firm. That, and the excellent service provided, has ensured that W Godleman & Sons remains one of Harris Lipman’s oldest clients.
Billy Godleman, Director
W Godleman & Sons
“The team at Harris Lipman is efficient, polite and very approachable”
Word of mouth and reputation in business are invaluable. Russ Kane, director and co-founder of Non Stop Music Ltd, started working with Harris Lipman following a recommendation from his financial adviser, and has since recommended the accountancy firm to all sorts of people.
Russ Kane, Director and Co-Founder
Non Stop Music Ltd
"Barry from Harris Lipman firm of accountants is Kay and Kompany's accountant since 1986. Over the years Barry has provided us with a first class service. Barry's knowledgeable,sound advice on all our business and personal Tax matters including loans, have helped towards our continuous success. We can highly recommend Barry and Harris Lipman accountants."
Kay Eracleous, Partner / Senior Hairstylist
Kay and Kompany Hair & Beauty Salon
"Barry is a true gentleman; authentic, wise and caring, with an eye for detail and the professional skills to match."
Nicola Jane Plant, Partner
Pemberton Greenish and Thomas Eggar
"Barry, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you have given me over the years. Although I am not trained in accounting procedures or indeed the jargon, you never made me feel inferior, or even ridiculed my simplistic approach to accounts, thanks again."
Marion Kay, Consultant
Oakpark Security Systems Limited
As a director and major shareholder of Axis Elevators Limited, Max Ashton prides himself on the company’s competent financial management and sensible approach to changes in the economic climate, both of which have ensured continued controlled growth and an unrivalled level of service to clients.
This is due, in part, to the elevator installation, service and repair company’s professional relationship with Harris Lipman, who act as Axis Elevators auditors.
This relationship was already in place before Mr Ashton invested in Axis Elevators, and he has continued to work with Harris Lipman as the firm “provides a good service at the right price for the size of the company”.
The accountants also take care of the company’s tax computations and provide personal tax planning and advice to Mr Ashton.
“Things happen when they are supposed to on the company side of things,” says Mr Ashton. “On the personal side, the team at Harris Lipman is proactive with ideas for tax planning.
“I would recommend Harris Lipman to others, as I am quite a demanding customer. As I feel they offer a good, efficient service, I would expect others to be happy with the service provided too.”
Max Ashton, Director
Axis Elevators Limited
"I also greatly enjoyed the meeting, the exchange of views and the meeting of minds. If I say it was not like any previous meeting with an accountant I know you will take that as the compliment intended."
John Millican, Managing Director
Fiducia Wealth Management Limited
“Harris Lipman offers us peace of mind from a financial perspective and gives us the complete picture, warts and all”
When Gary Phillips and Mark Vennis founded their UK-based international film sales company in 2001, they saw an opportunity to build a firm specifically geared towards handling films of high quality and marketability.
Gary Phillips, Co-Managing Director
"Naturally I am pleased I have no annual tax returns to submit but disappointed I am no longer in business and will miss my dealings with you, Ashok and members of your staff who have always been so helpful and courteous. I know if I have a problem I can call on you which is reassuring.
Alma and I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your considerations and for looking after our interests over the past fifty plus years. Just as a point on interest I have a copy of the first letter you sent me when we started business in 1958 signed by Mr Lipman. I intended to send you a copy of the letter but unfortunately it is very faded with time"
J. W. Hancox
"You have to be completely unique in the accountancy profession. I have had meetings where even after a two or three-hour journey not even a glass of water is offered and then you arrive at Harris Lipman where you are looked after as if you are the most important client in the firm. Thank you for being you."
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“I feel that we have had a very positive outcome and a way forward, and I believe that is largely due to you. It can be difficult to consider change, but having you there allowed us to discuss key points in a far more open way than we have ever done before.
“Whatever the outcome, as always, I appreciate your advice and help in all these matters. Today is the first day for a very long time that I feel positive in that there are options, and a way forward.”
“Thanks for a useful meeting yesterday – Barry the writing pads, pens and car valet were all great ideas – I think a move from accountancy to marketing beckons!
Finally, your staff were all exemplary in this hospitality – thank you”
“Harris Lipman couldn’t have done any more – they got us into the best position possible in the circumstances”
Mr B and Mr P, who were both partners in a solicitors firm, had to call on the services of Harris Lipman when another partner perpetrated mortgage fraud estimated at up to £60million, including raising more than one mortgage on the same piece of land.
“I appreciated her help and guidance hugely”
Just wanted to let you know that Androulla spent several hours with me today going through my books and explaining how I can make things better for both myself and for you guys. Androulla has the patience of a saint and is a lovely person to deal with. Just wanted you to know I appreciated her help and guidance hugely - and the way in which it was all explained. She is a great member of your team.
"No more sleepless nights..."
We have just received our personal tax account for year ending April 2010. We'd both like to say how pleased we are with you and your staff's handling of our tax affairs. No more sleepless nights in our household! Many thanks again.
Lance and Abi Hill
“The tax refund is welcome...”
Specialist publishing house Datateam is well-known in the magazine world for producing a wide range of business to business and other publications, with the capability to carry out all aspects of magazine production in-house.
Douglas Wright, Finance Director
Datateam Business Media Limited.
"...advise us on the best way forward throughout the liquidation process"
Mr L was treasurer and trustee of a charity which provided respite care for carers who devote their time to looking after sick or disabled relatives. By taking charge of the adults or children they looked after for a few days, the carer was able to enjoy some valuable time to themselves.
"...you made something that I was rather nervous about seem much less daunting"
Thank you so much for helping me out this morning with my VAT returns. It was very much appreciated; you made something that I was rather nervous about seem much less daunting, almost user-friendly. You will be glad to know that I have now filed my return and paid HMRC a chunk of money. So I'm good for three more months.
Mangus Creative Limited
"...helps us with any specialist advice we may need"
Mark Goucher Ltd is one of the biggest names in West End theatre, with its most recent production being the 21st century stage version of popular 1980s sitcom Yes, Prime Minister.
Mark Goucher Ltd
"It really lifts quite a weight from my mind knowing you are there now..."
After a long absence we are now back in safe hands. Thank you so much for your help, I know you know how valuable it is and thankfully in this case you have friends and clients who appreciate it just as much as they should.
It really lifts quite a weight from my mind knowing you are there now, Barry, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
“...totally refreshing and different to any accountant we’ve dealt with before.”
Designer clothes store Richmond Classics has been in business for over 20 years, but having recently moved to Harris Lipman, the owners have found that accountants can do more for them than they previously thought possible.
“...they are professionals who offer clear and frank advice to all their clients”
“We refer clients who need insolvency advice to Harris Lipman as they take an efficient and honest approach, always working in the client’s best interests.
“When it comes to handling insolvency matters, they are professionals who offer clear and frank advice to all their clients, dealing with each case on its own individual merits. They also offer the best value for money.
“The firm’s insolvency practitioners are thorough and will keep people informed throughout every step of the process, greatly reducing the stress involved in what is sometimes a very difficult experience. We have been referring clients to them for more than eight years and will continue to do so.”
Graeme Bruce & Partners
“...embracing modern technology”
"I have to say that your appearance on YouTube was extremely innovative and your firm must be one of the few embracing modern technology, especially with your iPhone App download.
Congratulations and well done! "
Summit Law LLP
“...your professionalism and the personal care you provide”
It was a pleasure to meet you, your partners, staff and your clients. It was a reminder to me of the reason I got into tax in the first place – the opportunity to help people to realise their ambitions and to avoid the financial pitfalls that threaten them along the way. The way that your clients talk about the relationship they have with you and your team and the service they get from you, is an eloquent testimonial to both your professionalism and the personal care you provide.
“...spreading the word about Harris Lipman”
I am so pleased we were introduced to you and your firm. I have by the way been spreading the word about Harris Lipman. Nothing succeeds like word of mouth and personal recommendation as we all know and if I can introduce anyone, I would be delighted!
Non-Stop Management Limited
“...they do a good job, on time”
Hotels Online International provides bespoke online booking and reservation systems to hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts worldwide, giving an invaluable service to many independent traders as more and more travellers make their plans online.
Hotels Online International
"...we’re very satisfied with the advice they offer us."
Surgery Merchandisers is the market leader in the placement of advertising leaflets at medical sites, including doctor’s surgeries, vets and opticians, around the UK, offering advertisers with health-related products to promote a unique opportunity to reach their target market.
Surgery Merchandisers Ltd
"...very professionally and speedily"
I would like to thank Russell (Whitlock) very much for assisting us to finalise our client’s finance requirements, by providing the net worth declaration. It was dealt with very professionally and speedily, and enabled us to deal with the various requirements to everyone’s satisfaction. The telephone follow-up and clear attention to detail is often missing in business these days, but your service reflects extremely well on your firm.
Eurolease (London) Ltd
"...really helpful today"
I'm writing to pass on my thanks to one of your members of staff, Alex Bellamy, and to whoever his line manager / supervisor is. Alex was really helpful today and I'd like his good work to be noted!
Draw Pictures Limited
"...She has provided everything asked for"
A couple of times recently I’ve asked Anita Godburdhun to explain some accounts items and also to provide some further schedules/printouts. She has provided everything asked for, very quickly and efficiently.
Resource Marketing Ltd
“...with us every step of the way”:
That’s how Leslie and Jackie Ironman of Southbank Fresh Fish Limited sum up the support and service they receive from Harris Lipman, including the seven-figure sale of the company early in 2008.
Leslie and Jackie Ironman
Southbank Fresh Fish Limited
"...a pleasure to have around."
"Just wanted to say that Milan and Mitul were a pleasure to have around. Hope we provided most of what they needed and they got a good feel for the way we run our business. "
Redrose Property Services
"...beyond the call of duty..."
"…..just to let you know how extremely helpful Lyn was yesterday afternoon - she really went beyond the call of duty to get the PPL Accounts email to me…sincere
Director, Probate Properties Limited
"...patience and understanding..."
recently assisted with the sale of a client company, after which the
Finance Director wrote to us as follows:
“I am very grateful to both Martin and Barry for their guidance and advice through some pretty turbulent times. I am also appreciative of the patience and understanding shown by Manoj and his team both during and after the audit."
"...guidance, help, concern and expertise..."
We have been privileged to act for more than one generation of a family on many occasions, and we received the following letter from the retired parents of a son whom we had assisted during a difficult period for the business in question:
"Just a little note to express my sincere thanks for all your guidance, help, concern and expertise that you gave to ........... over the last few months. I am sure it helped him enormously to face and get over such a traumatic time.
"I think we were very lucky to have picked such a good company as yours, who we treat as friends.
"Our grateful thanks."
"...kind and understanding..."
Bankruptcy or insolvency can be an extremely difficult and stressful experience, so our corporate recovery and insolvency team take great care to act considerately and sensitively to all individuals involved in each case. We received this letter following a bankruptcy:
"I would like to express our thanks to you for all the invaluable advice you gave us regarding our insolvency and our decision to go for bankruptcy. It was definitely the best decision for us.
"We appreciate so much that you were willing to speak to us on the phone whenever we had questions, and that you were so kind and understanding of our situation.
"It was a very difficult and stressful time, and your advice and patience helped us through. Thank you very much."
"...efficient, on time and charming."
"Auditors" and "charming" are not normally two words that are associated, so we were delighted to receive this letter after an audit team recently visited a client:
"Can I say what a pleasure it was to have your colleagues in the office. They were efficient, on time and charming."
Partner, H Montlake & Co
"...personal and heartfelt thanks"
The Chairman of a company for whom we acted for many years wrote:
"I wanted to add my personal and heartfelt thanks to you and your firm for all you have done for the company over the last 14 or 15 years. We certainly went through some moments during that period, but were greatly assisted by your firm, assuming responsibility for the VAT and administrative side of the business.
I should also like to thank you for having allocated the day-to-day tasks to your Audit Manager Atul Shah and I know my Managing Director during that period had the highest regard for his diligence"
The Managing Director added:
"I should like to echo my Chairman's comments and say how much I have enjoyed working with you over the years and to thank you for your support and the personal interest you have shown in the company's affairs."
The MD also wrote to Atul personally and stated: "I should like to thank you personally for all the work you have carried out and the assistance you have given me whilst I have been director of the company. It is not only what you have done as most professionals would do the same, but the speed and efficiency with which you have operated and the kind and friendly manner in which you have performed these tasks"
"...kind hospitality and entertainment"
We regularly host receptions for clients and contacts at the renowned Ivy restaurant. We choose this venue not just for the excellent food and ambience, but because it shares our service philosophy. The following extract from a letter sent to us by a guest at a recent reception for insolvency contacts and associates is typical of those we receive after such events:
"May I take this opportunity of thanking you and your Partners for your kind hospitality and entertainment on Thursday.
"Hearing so many good comments about the Practice from the various people there, is a clear sign of their respect and appreciation for the Professional Services that you provide."
"...approach to business is exceptional"
London based UK Relocation has been providing immigration and emigration services for the past 17 years. Managing director Paulene Grant, together with her team of 40 UK based employees and associates around the globe, provide all the necessary services for companies and individuals moving in to the UK or from the UK to any location across the world.
I spoke with several people who have been involved in handling the UK accounts. I am happy to report that everyone was quite fine with the service and personal interaction that we have had from your people at Harris Lipman. Everything seems to be going swimmingly well. Please keep up the good work and let us know if there is anything you need from us.
Mark T. Campbell
Vice President - International Sales"
"Your hospitality was outstanding"
Many thanks for the meeting today. I found it most instructive...
...your hospitality was outstanding and the cake was a delightful surprise. I am not being patronising when I say that your expertise goes well beyond accountancy...
...it occurs to me that since Ronacrete is in need of someone with commercial skills you might be interested in an interview for the position of Commercial Manager! I doubt that we would find anyone as capable...
A recommendation from their bank manager led the owners of Kellis Group to choose Harris Lipman to help with a business plan and budget when the company was created. The relationship led to Harris Lipman becoming the company's accountants for the next three years and handling a large scale management buyout in 2005.
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