You + Us Means More

You may ask who we are and what makes us different. Well, we are expert business and tax advisors but with personality and drive.

Outstanding service

Here at JS, we have been providing outstanding service and advice to thousands of businesses and business people for over 100 years.

We have rebranded from Jackson Stephen to JS but our excellent levels of service and commitment to the business community will always remain and that is what sets us apart.

JS is an independent firm and proud of it. Because we have strong and long-standing relationships with thousands of clients, we know exactly the sort of challenges that businesses face. After all, we run our own business.

We are all about taking ownership, solving problems, and coming up with creative and bespoke solutions.  Every business goes through twists and turns, and when yours does we will be here for them.

We keep it simple, bold, straightforward, and honest.  We have vast experience and knowledge in tax advisory, business advisory, audit, and compliance, but we are also embracing what the future will bring in terms of digitalisation and new technologies.

Whether you are a business owner seeking a trusted advisor or a talented individual looking for an exciting opportunity, JS is the place for you.

The Future's Yours.

We take out the jargon and save you time and money, it is that simple!

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Don't just take our word for it!

In just over a year JS managed to resolve, to our benefit, a major issue we had with HMRC which previous accountants had been unable to achieve in over 4 years, having concluded that HMRC were correct, whereas JS proved the opposite enabling our case to be closed in support of our stance. They have also assisted greatly in a share reorganisation, family trust planning and SSAS Pension Fund advice on numerous technical matters and are working with us on the setting up of a new development company. We look forward to a continued successful relationship with them moving forward.
Peter Schickhoff-Brown Director, Ancer Investments Limited
We are delighted with JS and their entire professional and energetic team, who are so keen to ensure we reach our personal goals within our company as well as our legal and regulatory obligations. As a company, we need pushing hard in directions where we have weakness and the team headed by Diane Brennan recognise this and they politely, but firmly, ensure we play our part in achieving results. Thank you for being there, we really appreciate it and look forward to working together for a stronger future.
Andrew Russell Managing Director, Interior Door Systems Limited
JS have been our accountants for over 20 years, but in 2005 they started to work more closely with us in preparing monthly management accounts for analysis by both our bank and directors. I was assigned a key client contact who was always on hand to help with any sort of query I had throughout the month and always replied in a quick and precise manner, putting themselves out to help. The team are very knowledgeable, explaining all the information, why it’s important to analyse it and how this impacts on the profitability and success of the company.
Natalie Lund Director, Bryken Limited
During our acquisition of Howards Opticians we found the team at JS to be both professional and friendly. The help, advice and support provided to us from day one was invaluable. The clear, hands on, nothing-too-much trouble approach from the partners was very welcome. It put us at ease during our first transaction of this type. We look forward to a continuing working relationship with JS in the future and would certainly recommend their services to everyone.
Stuart and Lisa Wilson Directors, Howards Opticians
The Trust has used the services of JS since 2004, to audit financial procedures and records, and to prepare annual financial statements. JS have been conscientious and cost-effective, with each consecutive year providing an increasingly effective and knowledgeable view of the School’s financial situation, including benchmarking performance against comparable schools elsewhere in the country. The team has also provided additional advice on request, such as guidance on changes in charitable status and the SORP, fundraising and measures to identify and minimise risk.
Paul Flint Bursar and Clerk to the Board of Governors, Windermere School
We invited 3 accountancy firms to come and meet us and explain the services which they could provide. We found JS to be the firm we would most like to work with. Not only were their prices competitive, but their approach was very refreshing. The team were extremely pleasant and able to simplify the explanation of our accounts down to a level which staff and trustees were able to understand. They also identified that for our organisation it may be better to change the year-end from March to December. This has been an extremely positive change, enabling us to appraise the organisation as a whole in terms of the seasonal nature of what we do.
Fiona Smith Farm Manager, Acorn Farm
JS have not only been our business partners for a number of years now, preparing our accounts, performing our audit and advising on taxation issues, but have also been an integral part of our community. We are pleased to have an auditor and adviser who really does understand the special nature of our sporting community, and they continually offer a broad depth of advice based on a thorough knowledge of our business.
Karl Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer, Warrington Wolves

Meet the Partners

Lucy Williams

Managing Partner

Emma Bowles

Tax Partner

John Jackson


James Wood

Accounts Partner

Peter Atkinson

Audit & Accounts Partner

Diane Brennan

Accounts Partner

Chris Moss

Audit & Accounts Partner

Emma Birchall

Accounts Partner

Steve Crompton

Tax Partner

Graeme Sheridan

Accounts Partner

Our Accreditations

ICAEW Member Firm

Quickbooks Certified Practitioner

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Adviser

ACCA Approved Employer

Xero Platinum Partner

ICAEW Accredited for Probate

We are our people

Our people are our strength. Technically gifted, with an absolute passion for looking after our clients, they are our differentiators.

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