The Warr & Co Team

professionals providing personalised, timely and effective solutions

Why Choose Warr & Co

At Warr & Co we understand that every individual and every business faces a unique challenge when it comes to accounting. That’s why we believe our approach sets us aside from our competitors.

Being one of the longest established accountancy firms in the Manchester and Stockport area, we are trusted, respected and highly experienced. We also have clients all over the UK, and we are particularly popular with London-based businesses looking for an out-of-London level of service with the convenience of online communications.

Our tagline is ‘professionals providing personalised, timely and effective solutions’ because we are committed to treating each and every client individually. You’re never just a number on a spreadsheet to us. We actively reject a ‘one size fits all’ approach; we want details about your circumstances so that we can proactively advise you. We are innovative, we’re pro-digital and we are continually pushing forward to provide a better service to our clients.

In today’s fast-paced, complex and competitive environment, we understand that businesses, as well as individuals, need a helping hand. We understand that accounting isn’t fun for everyone, but we’re truly passionate about what we do and the clients we work with. Come on board and see what makes us different…

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Our Team Of Qualified Accountants & Accounting Professionals

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Our qualified accountant directors are supported by an extensive team of dedicated professionals across our office locations. Click on each director or consultant below to learn more about them.

Tim Warr ACA - Director

Tim formed Warr & Co Chartered Accountants in 1994 and is currently our senior director. He specialises in freelance contractors, consultants and owner managed businesses. He is also responsible for complex tax investigations and acts as expert witness on various matters. Tim’s day to day role includes advising clients on business and tax planning matters and meeting with clients in our London, Manchester and Stockport offices.

  • Tim qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1979.
  • Tim worked as the director of several accountancy firms between 1982 and 1993, establishing Warr & Co in 1994 with Suresh Dhokia.
  • His interests include theatre and reading, and he takes a keen interest in politics and macroeconomic policy.

“So much more than a mere Chartered Accountant! A modest, likeable and considerate professional of proven ability who I’d recommend to anyone seeking sound advice at reasonable cost with a true value added service. Shrewd and practical business advice given in addition to an intelligent interpretation of any set of accounts or tax issue. I’d go nowhere else after 24 years of top quality service and friendship.”  Gareth R Edwards – Consultant Forensic Solicitor

Suresh Dhokia ACA - Director

Suresh was a founding director of Warr & Co back in 1994. Having taken time off to work in industry, Suresh returned in 2010. He specialises in freelance contractors and owner managed businesses having a particular emphasis on business valuations, acquisitions and disposals, forecasting and cashflow management. Suresh takes responsibility for the independent pharmacy accounts team and the marketing and development of the practice.

  • Suresh qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1986.
  • He gained his experience with Ernst & Young, then enjoyed both Financial Controller and Financial Director roles within industry.
  • His interests include travelling, football and investing.

Peter Edwards ACA - Director

Pete joined Warr & Co in 2007 and became a director soon after. He specialises in owner managed businesses and heads up our flat management team and pharmacy locum department. Pete’s day to day role includes advising clients on all aspects of tax planning matters, marketing and meeting with clients in our London, Manchester and Stockport offices.

  • Pete started his accountancy career back in 1993, obtaining a solid grounding in accountancy at a South Manchester practice.
  • He qualified in 2004 with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and more recently has also become a member of ICAEW (ACA).
  • His interests include badminton, cycling, skiing and running.

David Lever FCA - Director

David has been a director since 1992 and has been advising businesses and personal tax clients for over 30 years on a wide range of accountancy and taxation issues.

In this time he has acquired a formidable range of expertise and knowledge which allows him to offer practical advice to both individuals and businesses. He has a significant and varied business client base from sole traders to the larger owner managed businesses and is experienced in dealing with the tax affairs of family companies and their directors.

David also advises clients on IT related matters, including choosing and setting up cloud accounting systems to meet the demands of ‘Making Tax Digital’ (MTD).

  • David qualified in 1982.
  • He is the father of two adult children and a grandfather; family life ensures he is kept busy at weekends.
  • David enjoys travelling, and is planning his next trip to Disney, “where the magic never stops”. He lists his top three cities as New York, Barcelona and San Francisco.

Stephen Barnes ACA - Director

Stephen joined Warr & Co in 2001 and shortly after became a director. Stephen’s day to day role includes undertaking accounts for a broad range of clients including small to medium sized businesses.

  • Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1979.
  • Stephen previously worked for various London-based accountancy firms before returning to the Northwest.
  • His interests include travelling, walking and gardening.

Nicola Joyce ACA, FCCA - Director

Nicola started her career in 1990 at a medium sized Manchester practice where she qualified as ACCA. She joined Usher Spiby in 1996, becoming a director in 2003. She has worked with the Warr & Co team since the two companies merged in 2016.

Her day to day work involves advising a varied portfolio of owner managed businesses on all aspects of accounting, taxation and business advice. Nicola specialises in audit, charities and not for profit organisations, alongside being our Audit Compliance Partner.

  • Nicola qualified in 1996.
  • Nicola is a Charity Trustee with a particular interest in animal welfare charities.
  • Her interests involve spending quality time with her family, walking her dogs and socialising. She also enjoys reading, listening to music, cycling and keeping fit.

Robert Benson-May ACA - Director

Rob joined Warr & Co in 2020, and became a director shortly after. Rob specialises in tech & e-commerce businesses, having previous experience at one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest e-commerce companies, along with running his own e-commerce business. His day to day role includes advising a wide variety of businesses, from small owner managed businesses, to large retailers with turnover in excess of £100m.

  • Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) at a medium sized accountancy practice in Manchester, before joining Warr & Co
  • Rob comes from a family of accountants, with his father running a practice based in Northwich, and his brother at a top 5 firm
  • He enjoys football & futsal, having previously played at the top tier of futsal in the UK

Philip M Seligman BFP, FCA - Consultant

Philip qualified as a chartered accountant with a national firm of Chartered Accountants in 1980, and then spent three years in industry after qualifying, before re-joining the life in practice. After qualifying as a chartered tax adviser in 1986, he subsequently moved to an international firm of accountants to specialise in tax.

Prior to co-founding Seligman Percy in 1998 he was the tax partner of the Manchester office of a national firm of accountants. He is now a consultant with Warr & Co following the merger of the two practices in 2021.  Philip advises on all accounting and tax matters, including VAT, personal tax and estate planning, and business start-up advice.

  • Qualified since 1980
  • Joined Warr & Co as a consultant
  • He is a big football fan – A supporter of Bury Football Club

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Stockport Office

While there are many accountants in Stockport, Warr & Co is one of the longest established, tracing its roots back to 1982. Our team of accountants have always specialised in providing accounting services for small businesses, though today we also offer a full range of business accounting services and services for individuals too. The head office location in Stockport provides an easy-access solution for those travelling by car or train; we offer free parking and we’re just a short walk away from the train station.


Manchester Office

Office temporarily closed for renovation works, please contact the Stockport office (May 2024)

The Manchester office was established in 1964 as Usher Spiby, and was rebranded as Warr & Co following the merger of Warr & Co and Usher Spiby in 2018. The Manchester office is well known for its work with local family businesses as well as  its extensive range of services for individuals. While the Manchester location specialises in family accountancy and tax services, they are also able to offer the full range of accounting services for businesses. The office is in the Denton area of Manchester, just 2 minutes’ drive from the M60, offering easy access via car or public transport.