Hogbens
Dunphy
Established
in 1921, we
provide caring,
professional
accountancy
for The Arts
and creative
industries.
Our people
Meet our team
Richard Wadhams
Director
 
Richard is at the helm of the firm and has been so for over 20 years. During this time, Richard has gained a wealth of experience across various sectors and strives to deliver the best for his clients. Richard has a passion for Film, Art, Music and Theatre.
 
 
Alan Palfrey
Associate
 
Alan has been working at Hogbens Dunphy for almost 40 years. Always first in the office, he’s a cornerstone of Hogbens, and not just because he makes the coffee! Alan has travelled most of the globe, and has a love for the Arts and fine wine & dining.
 
 
Cheryl Humphries
Practice Manager
 
Cheryl manages the day to day running of Hogbens Dunphy, using all her 25 years of experience in Accountancy, HR and Strategic Management to ensure Hogbens runs as smoothly as possible.
 
 
Darren Laming
Accounts & Business Manager
 
Darren manages the Accounts team, preparing management accounts, VAT Returns and self-employed accounts. Darren keeps the team cheerful with his witty sense of humour, and is happy to make jokes at his own expense. He loves football, and is devoted to his wife and three kids.
 
 
Tom Chauveau
Corporate Accounts Manager
 
Tom manages the corporate team, overseeing company accounts, corporation tax and Companies House compliance. Tom has a real passion for music and street art, and can often be found visiting art installations and exhibitions. He is a big Spurs fan, which we try not to hold against him.
 
 
Janet Burns
Payroll Manager
 
Always greeting clients with a smile, Jan oversees all our clients Payroll duties. With the payroll process evolving in recent years, Jan ensured our clients had a seamless transition to RTI, and is now smoothing their path to pensions auto enrolment.
 
 
Charlie Staley
Accounts Assistant & IT Support
 
Charlie joined in 2012 working alongside Alan and Darren as an Accounts Assistant. His role has developed over the years and is now involved in the IT and Marketing side of the firm. He spends a lot of time at the cinema, or eating out with friends.
 
 
Samantha D’Souza
Accounts Assistant
 
Working alongside Darren, she helps to prepare VAT Returns, Sole Trader Accounts and Management Accounts. She has recently finished her AAT qualification. Sam loves sushi, movies, and travelling.
 
 
Veronica Pinnelli
Accounts/Client Manager
 
Veronica is part of Darren’s team currently finishing off her Final year of AAT Qualification.
She has now built a four years’ experience in Vat Returns and Self-employed Accounts.
She is always smiling and goes out of her way to help other people.
Out of the office she is enjoying singing cooking and going to the cinema regularly.
 
 
Verena Blyth
Business Services Supervisor
 
Verena assists Jan with client’s payroll, deals with our Company Secretarial matters and makes up half of the IT department. She has worked at Hogbens Dunphy since 1996, and has a passion for everything equestrian.
 
 
Sue Lukas
Personal Assistant & Credit Controller
 
Sue is Richard’s Personal Assistant; she is the longest serving member of staff having started working at Hogbens Dunphy in 1978. Sue has worked with some of our biggest clients throughout the years and continues to greet visitors to the office with a smile.
 
 
Lucy Ogan
Receptionist & Office Administrator
 
Lucy is the youngest member of the Hogbens team and meets and greets our clients at reception. Joining in September 2016, she has quickly settled into the office. She puts most of us to shame and goes the gym 3 or 4 times a week.
 
 
Rajiv Chabria
Assistant Tax Manager
 
Raj works with Saif in the personal tax department, handling the preparation of personal Tax Returns, tax queries and advice. Raj is ATT qualified and is now working towards the CTA qualification. In his spare time, Raj enjoys dancing, going to the cinema and meals out with friends.
 
 
Saif Ali Durbary
Tax Assistant
 
Saif joined the team in 2017 but quickly made himself an important part of the tax team and is now directly working with clients. He works closely with Raj to assist and prepare personal tax returns along with personal tax planning and queries. Saif is currently undertaking his ATT qualification. He is a keen supporter of Man Utd and says he enjoys the January tax deadline.
 
 
Connor Turner
Accounts Assistant
 
Connor works closely with Elena on management accounts, also helping the rest of the team with bookkeeping and preparing accounts. He is currently in the middle of studying AAT and hopes to finish his studies soon. Connor is a big UFC fan and has been national champion in martial arts at youth level.
 
 
Our History
In 1921, Leslie Hogben started trading from home in Southgate as a general insurance broker. His clients included theatre and circus personnel. Leslie identified a market for tax advisory services to these clients, recruiting Frank Dunphy and David Sherbird as his assistants.

In the 1960s, the firm relocated to the West End to cater for an expanding niche client base and secured an office suite at 26 Charing Cross Road. Frank Dunphy and David Sherbird became partners with Leslie Hogben.

Throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s, Leslie, Frank and David continued trading in partnership as Leslie Hogben & Co. and latterly Hogbens. Leslie Hogben passed away in the early eighties.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Frank Dunphy became sole proprietor following David Sherbird’s early retirement, growing the firm and recruiting Richard Wadhams and Damian McGee in 1986 and 1989 respectively, and moved to 22 Charing Cross road in 1999.

In 2002, the firm became Hogbens Dunphy. In late 2000, with Frank Dunphy no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the practice and Damian McGee retiring as partner, Richard Wadhams took the helm as Director, and moved the firm to 45 Monmouth Street, just around the corner from Covent Garden.

In 2013 we moved from Covent Garden to media designed offices in Oxford Street above the well-known music venue The 100 Club, where we are still based today.
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