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History of Buckle Barton

Browse through the years to see where it all began and where we are now


The firm was originally founded by Stanley Buckle in partnership with Mr C.C. Busfield, operating from offices in Boar Lane, Leeds.


Stanley Buckle acquired Mr Busfield’s practice and was also joined by Bill Barton. The two practices merged, operating from Stansfield Chambers on Great George Street, Leeds.


Stanley Buckle and Bill Barton acquired Lupton and Smedley Accountancy practice on Albion Street, Leeds.


Stanley Buckle retired as partner but continued as a consultant to the firm. The name was changed to Buckle, Barton & Co. with a new partner in place, Harold Jevons.


The firm made the move from the city centre to the suburbs of north-west Leeds, with the practice moving to Sanderson House in Horsforth.


David Thompson was admitted to the firm as partner.


Bill Barton formally retired from the practice after 30 years as partner. Shortly afterwards, the firm expanded to incorporate the practice, Barron & Green, and George Ascough was appointed a partner.


Philip Nuttall became a Partner and managed the practice jointly with David Thompson.


Stephen Willey was promoted from Tax Manager to Partner in the firm.


David Robinson joined the firm as Partner.


Philip Nuttall was appointed as Managing Partner.


Graham Elliot joined the firm as Partner.


David Thompson retired – again after 30 years, shortly before the firm joined the Montpelier Group and was incorporated as Montpelier Professional (Leeds) Limited. Philip Nuttall was appointed as group CEO. The firm traded as Montpelier Chartered Accountants following the acquisition.


The firm underwent a significant expansion and redesign of the offices at Sanderson House, as well as taking additional office space in the adjacent Techno Centre building.


Management Buyout completed by senior members of the team, George Goodman, Ian Meek and Mark Dalton. Duncan Marshall was promoted to Tax Director and a member of the Board. Former Montpelier CEO, Philip Nuttall and former tax director, Steve Willey both remained as active consultants.


Already Fellows of the ACCA, George Goodman and Ian Meek successfully became dual qualified and joined Mark Dalton and Duncan Marshall as members of the ICAEW.


On the fifth anniversary of the MBO, the firm underwent a rebranding exercise, but continued to trade as Buckle Barton Chartered Accountants.

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