The Partners

Tony Oakes
Born 1940 and educated at Caterham School, Surrey; articled in 1958 to the late Stanley King, and after his
death to Bill Rich, one of his surviving Partners; qualified in 1963 and remained with Stanley King & Co. to become a Partner shortly before the amalgamation with Couch Bright & Co., and a Partner in the new amalgamated firm on 1st July 1970; specialises in personal financial and taxation matters, including the administration of Trusts, and Probate work.

Andrew Shepherd
Born 1955 and educated at Kingís College, Wimbledon; obtained a degree in business studies from Kingston Polytechnic; articled at Citroen Wells & Co., moving to Couch Bright King & Co. in July 1982 and qualifying in 1983;  admitted a Partner on 1 January 1986; deals with a wide range of work in this office, mainly orientated towards business and property management clients, and taxation work including Value Added Tax problems; also oversees the internal administration of the Firm.

Brian Leach
Born 1949 and educated at Queen Maryís Grammar School, Basingstoke; joined the Inland Revenue in 1966 before moving to Henderson Administration Ltd. in 1970; responsible for all tax functions there including UK and overseas companies, investment and unit trusts and all private client work; qualified as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in May 1971; joined Couch Bright King & Co. in March 1999, becoming a Partner on 1st October 1999; deals with all taxation matters of Trusts and high net worth individuals.

Dean Cates
Born 1968 and educated at Oakwood Park Grammar School; obtained a degree in accountancy and finance from Essex University; joined Couch Bright King & Co. in September 1995 and qualified in 1999; admitted as a Partner on 1st October 2002; deals mainly with business clients and Statutory Audit work.

Peter Reeve
Born 1952 and educated at Selhurst Grammar School; articled in 1971 to the late Peter Lane, a partner in Wilkins Kennedy before moving to BDO Binder Hamlyn in 1976. Left Binder Hamlyn in 1979 holding the position of accountant in various film, TV and media companies. He returned to the profession holding posts at Shipley Blackburn and other West End firms before starting Lyndoe Reeve in Maddox Street, London in 1988. Became a partner when Lyndoe Reeves joined with Couch Bright King & Co. on 1st July 2013. He deals with both limited companies and self employed clients covering statutory and company secretarial matters, accountancy, taxation and general compliance matters.

Regulatory & Administrative Responsibilities

Tony Oakes is the Investment Business Compliance Partner. He is also responsible for matters relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act & Money Laundering regulations.

Andrew Shepherd is the Audit Compliance Partner. He is also responsible for the Firmís internal administration.

Dean Cates is responsible for Student Training and related matters.


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