Les commenced training as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, upon finishing university at Christ Church, Oxford and qualified in 2005. He developed a wide range of audit and accountancy experience prior to joining UHY Hacker Young in 2008. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser, to advance his interest in and ability to advise on tax planning for owner-managed businesses. Les is the Director in our Chester Office, responsible for technical support and advice, both for Clients and Staff. He additionally manages the firm’s specialist retail pharmacy department, having been involved in its development for some years. The department encompasses a wide range of services, covering all areas of audit and accountancy, business development advice and also advice and due diligence on business acquisitions and disposals. He is the main point of contact for all such clients, advising on all areas from future tax planning, through to commercial aspects of the business and profit improvement possibilities and strategies. He also advises many other owner-managed businesses, across all sectors, with specific emphasis on the interaction between a businesses’ accounts and the tax position of the company and the shareholders/directors. He has a keen interest in technology and how it can be applied to business and as a part of this, leads the office’s Cloud Accounting work, and is an active member of the UHY National Cloud Accounting Group. Away from the office, Les plays Rugby and gets out on his motorcycle when he can.