Meet the Team
Meet the team working together with integrity and loyalty
“What drives me is a desire to be of service to my clients and the people I meet. I started this practice to support small and medium sized businesses and family-run firms – my team and I genuinely love helping independent business owners have a smooth journey through their work and life. We work with clients in many different industries and sectors. All are very different, but one thing that links them all is that they share the values I’ve worked hard to develop in my own business; integrity, trust, respect and a commitment to long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. Our clients often look to us as a sounding board when making important business decisions – and, sometimes, life ones too!
I’ve built this practice by providing a relationship-based service. This starts by getting to know you, understanding your objectives, where you are today and where you want to be in 3-5 years time. For example, that might mean ensuring the business can be passed down to the next generation, or gearing the business for a sale.
Our primary focus is always identifying opportunities that give our clients a meaningful business advantage.
I am supported by a fantastic team, built on shared values of integrity, trust and mutual respect. My staff are like my second family. I employ people who are totally loyal and will go the extra mile for me and for our clients – as I will do for them.
Together, we’ll create a plan to help you get to where you want to be and support you all the way through it. During that journey my team will do all the necessary compliance work for you and be a source of more specialist advice too. It might not always be smooth sailing, but we’ll be by your side working proactively to give you peace of mind during the ups and the downs of business and life.”
Michael is a forward thinking, strategic accountant with business focus, international tax expertise, and a real love for his clients. He started his career in 1987 working for a Big Four accounting firm, before becoming a partner of a smaller practice.
He set up Michael Filiou Ltd Chartered Certified Accountants in 2008 to help like-minded independent business owners have a smoother journey through life. Michael has a passion for his practice, his clients, his team and the profession, and is very proud of the firm he has built and that carries his name. He is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with significant expertise in advising on UK tax planning and compliance.
Ali is a certified Chartered Accountant and has a degree in accounting and finance.
Ali manages a portfolio of clients and works closely with Michael.
“Service and quality is what keeps our clients with us long-term. And trust, honesty and integrity underpin all that we do. It’s a great place to work, you’re gaining new perspectives and learning new things every day.”
Elena has a Law degree/LLB and assists with the preparation of personal tax returns and accounts. She is currently studying for her ACCA qualification.
“I really enjoy working with a variety of clients. As a team, we work in a dynamic environment setting goals and delivering results for clients.”
Freddie provides a range of accounting, tax preparation and VAT services to our clients. He graduated in Business Studies and Accounting and trained as a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of the Institute of Financial Accountants.
“Do it well, or don’t do it all - that’s the motto that drives my work, plus with a sense of duty of care for our clients.”
Martha helps people with their tax planning and likes to add value to our clients. She focuses on personal, corporation, inheritance and capital gains taxes. She is a fellow of the ICAEW and has a degree in economics and maths.
“It’s like an extended family here. Everyone is friendly, keen to help each other and our clients. I’m proud that so many of our clients recommend their friends, family and colleagues to us. It shows that we must be providing a great service.”
Leon is a certified Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience managing clients’ tax and accounting affairs. He works with clients across many sectors to meet their routine compliance needs and provides invaluable business advice where needed.
“Working at Michael Filiou enables me to use my skills and experience to help develop our client’s businesses, which I find hugely rewarding. It’s also great to be part of such a progressive team who like to make a difference in their clients’ lives and businesses.”
Jawad looks after a portfolio of clients, dealing with their accounting needs, preparing corporate and partnership accounts, VAT and personal tax returns, and also provides business advice. He keeps up-to-date with accounting software including Sage, Xero and Quickbooks. Jawad is a Fellow of the ACCA and has an MA in International Relations.
“Here at Michael Filiou we go the extra mile to support our clients. I enjoy working for a practice that is so organised, advanced and future-focused in its approach and systems. Michael is totally dedicated to the profession and his passion and energy transfers to the whole team. Building great relationships is our aim.”
Sophia has a very varied role including general secretarial duties such as dictation, answering the phones and resolving client queries. She is currently helping the practice to go paperless and does all she can to keep the team happy.
“I’m proud to work for Michael Filiou. Everyone gets on, helps each other out and Michael is a really good boss. Our clients are great people, and we try to help them as much and as quickly as we can. This is like my second family!”
Gerard carries out accounts preparation and tax related work for our clients.
Furthermore, he manages most of the ad hoc work for our international business clients. Gerard holds an MBA in Business Finance and is a Fellow of the ACCA.
“I’ve worked for Michael Filiou since 2005. The reason I’ve stayed so long is because our work here is of a different standard to other accounting firms. I’m proud that our service and advice is always of the highest quality. That’s why so many of our clients have remained with us for many years and recommend us to others too.”
Tricia is our Payroll Manager and she ensures that we consistently deliver to the highest standards, whilst offering a bespoke service perfectly tailored to the needs of each individual client.
She is a member of ICB and CIPP.
“Michael is a great person to work for. There’s a pleasant atmosphere amongst the team - we all help each other out - and it helps that our clients are lovely, friendly people too. Our aim is to deliver a really responsive service, answering their queries as quickly as we can.”
Alex looks after many of our payroll clients as well as carrying out bookkeeping and VAT duties. Alex is currently studying towards his AAT qualification.
“I look forward to coming to work. The vibe is great - and that’s down to the people. Everyone here is beyond helpful and prepared to put the time in. It’s a busy role and I’m constantly learning. We seem to attract great clients too - they’re good people and a pleasure to help.”
Delyana is involved with company accounts preparation and deals directly with clients. She enjoys learning new software and uses Sage, Xero, QuickBooks, IRIS and Receipt Bank. She is a qualified ACCA and also has an MA in Finance and Banking and a further MA in Literature.
“I get satisfaction from our clients’ satisfaction. I’m proud that our clients are happy with our service, that they stay with us for many years and trust us enough to recommend us to their friends. That’s why I love what I do.”
In addition, the team are also supported by eight accounting professionals who work diligently with Michael Filiou to prepare accounts and tax returns for our clients.
INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US?
If you want to be part of a truly team-orientated accounting firm, and the big-firm life isn’t for you, there could be a place for you at Michael Filiou
Our Specialist TAX Advisers
Gary was a senior investigating Inspector of Taxes at HMRC for 16 years prior to joining the profession. After leaving HMRC, he has specialised in handling HMRC on client matters, including investigations, enquiries and disputes. During that time, he has provided full litigation and tribunal support, and has an excellent track record with disclosures (onshore and offshore), securing excellent results for our clients.
In addition to supporting our clients through HMRC investigations, together with Michael, Gary has particular experience in supporting clients to pro-actively assess and understand their ‘tax compliance risk’, navigating HMRC’s risk-based assessment of large companies and high net worth individuals. We have assisted clients in achieving a ‘low risk’ category with HMRC through a combination of skilled negotiation and identifying and undertaking specific remedial action carried out using HMRC methodologies.
Additionally, Gary is an accredited expert witness specialising in HMRC, tax and financial investigation matters.
Gary has been working with Michael for over 5 years.
Robin provides practical tax planning advice and aims to add value and solve problems around
business acquisitions and disposals, restructurings and matters involving international tax, property
and inheritance tax.
He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He also holds the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation and is a STEP Trusts and Estates Practitioner.
“Tax planning plays an important role in protecting and making the most of what you have. Michael and the team are very proactive for their clients in this area. It’s a pleasure to work with them and add value through the provision of specialist advice
Robin has been working with Michael for over 7 years.
Colin is a Chartered Tax Advisor and specialises in VAT, Customs Duties and general taxation, working with various firms of accountants, small and large, solicitors, and direct with businesses based in the UK and overseas. As well as consultancy work, he is regularly involved in appeals, including taking cases through the Tribunal process, and VAT/Tax investigation work.
Colin is a contributor to the International VAT Monitor, which is circulated worldwide, and other publications of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, in Amsterdam; he is also the UK Linguistic Editor.
Colin has been working with Michael Filiou for over 6 years.