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Why Use a Chartered Accountant?

Legally, anyone can call themselves an accountant and not have any relevant training or experience. However, Lyons and Co is a firm of Chartered Accountants.

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A Chartered Accountant uses the designatory letters ACA or FCA (Chartered Accountant), ACCA or FCCA (Chartered Certified Accountant), ACMA or FCMA (Chartered Management Accountant) to show they have undertaken a period of at least three years' training with an organisation that is authorised by their Institute, and passed tough examinations embracing financial management, auditing, business strategy and IT. Throughout their careers, Chartered Accountants must keep their knowledge and skills up to date or lose their designation.

How to choose a Chartered Accountant:

  • Invest time in finding the right accountant for you or your business
  • Arrange to meet at least three firms
  • Check they offer the services you require
  • Ask for their fee structure and payment terms
  • Ask who at the firm is undertaking the work for you
  • Look for the designatory letters after their name
  • Ask if your first consultation is chargeable
  • Check if they are authorised for specialist work
  • Ask for references and speak to clients
  • Ask for a copy of their terms after your meeting


Our Qualified Team

John Lyons

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 whilst working for Pannell Kerr Forster, then moved to a national firm of accountants in Sunderland before setting up Lyons and Co in 1988. He has a wide range of experience in many areas including accounts and auditing, business sales and acquisitions, and advising on improving business efficiency and profitability.

Michelle Brown

Michelle joined the firm in 1997 and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2006. Michelle's main areas of work are audit and accounts preparation for a diverse range of clients including small owner-managed businesses to large companies. She has effective knowledge of Sage software and advises and assists on a range of issues including business start-ups, management accounts and business reviews.

Pauline Bousfield

Pauline worked in her local tax office for over 20 years dealing with customer enquiries on all aspects of tax for self-employed, PAYE and Tax Credits. With the changing role of Government she moved to private practice and used her skills and working knowledge of HMRC to help clients cope with Self Assessment and PAYE. She can offer help and guidance in most areas of taxation for the employer, self-employed, sub-contractor, employee or pensioner and she is always happy to discuss matters either in person, over the phone or via email.