I’m James McBrearty, and have always specialised in personal tax. I built up my experience in industry and practice over 17 years before going on to found my own practice in 2006.
In practice I ran the tax department and managed staff in a Surrey accountancy practice. I’ve also worked with a big four firm. In industry, I’ve negotiated complex settlements with HMRC. I’ve also provided personal tax advice to the directors and UK staff of a $7 billion turnover company.
I achieved the CAT qualification in 1999, and the ATT qualification in 2001. I also achieved Fellowship of the ATT in 2011. I have met with HMRC’s former chief executive Lin Homer.
I volunteered on the ATT Member Steering Group from 2009-2015, and was also a member of ATT council in 2014-2015.
Being one of only 100 businesses in the whole UK to be featured by Small Business Saturday, I was invited to Downing Street in December 2014:
In March 2015 I won the gold award for my use of social media for business, in the Surrey Digital Awards:
I also won the bronze award in March 2016:
I have two small business books to my name. The first, Chocks Away, published in 2010. My second book, Power Climb, published in 2012. Both are endorsed by a New York Times bestselling author.
Presentations to help people grow their business
Most of my presentations have been in London and the South East. I’ve also presented to local businesses in Spain. Presentations in the UK include to a group of 50 financial advisers at the London School of Economics and to 85 chartered accountants in Guildford, Surrey. I have also lectured to a class of entrepreneurs at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
My business course
To help people start and grow a small business I developed an online course in 2016.
I now have more than 2,750 students enrolled, in 117 countries around the world – you can find out more from the small business course page.
Outside of work
I qualified as a private pilot in 2000, and hold licences from the UK, EU and USA. Whilst I don’t fly anymore, I’m still interested in aviation.
I have been a member of Mensa since 1988. Through my membership I’ve enjoyed several of the group’s annual trips. Particularly memorable are those to Portmeirion and the British Grand Prix.