Mark Dearnley
Director and Principal
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With more than 40 years’ experience in the accountancy profession, I am now a Director at leading Leeds-based firm, Brown Butler Chartered Accountants.

My career began in 1979, training in two small firms of accountants before joining the firm I call home in 1985. Now, with some four decades of experience under my belt, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience through working with a wide range of owner-managed businesses, looking after the full scope of their audit, accountancy and taxation requirements.

I’m also heavily involved in advising my clients on the wider business issues, such as tax-efficient profit extraction, acquisitions, disposals and retirement planning.

Alongside small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), I also act for several charities and not-for-profit organisations, a local academy school and a number of pension schemes. I also sign off on client money reports for solicitors and licensed conveyancers.

One of my key strengths is my professional empathy with my clients. From the early days, I’ve always tried to put myself in the shoes of the client and view questions and problems from their perspective. By doing this, I have found that the advice I give is naturally tailored to each client’s specific needs.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), the professional accounting body.

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