in 1921, we
provide caring,
for The Arts
and creative
Our people
Meet our team
Richard Wadhams
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
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 30 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 contemporary 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 Administrator
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
IT Technician
Charlie joined in 2012 working alongside Alan and Darren as an Accounts Assistant. His role has developed over the years and he is now responsible for the IT at the firm. He spends a lot of time at the cinema, or eating out with friends.
Samantha D’Souza
Accountant / Senior Client Manager
Sam has finished her ACCA studies and is now an ACCA Affiliate she helps to prepare VAT Returns, Sole Trader Accounts and Statutory Company Accounts. Sam loves sushi, movies, and travelling.
Veronica Pinnelli
Accountant/Client Manager
Veronica has a degree in Economic and Business Administration. She is also AAT qualified and currently studying for her ACCA qualification.
She has more than 6 years UK experience in VAT returns, self-employed Accounts and HMRC investigations.
She is always smiling and goes out of her way to help other people.
Out of the office she enjoys singing, cooking and going to the cinema regularly.
Verena Blyth
Payroll Manager
Verena works alongside Jan in our Payroll Bureau and has a CIPP Degree in Payroll Management. She also deals with client Company Secretarial matters and helps to keep our IT running smoothly. She has worked at HD since 1996 and has a passion for all things equestrian
Sue Lukas
PA, Credit Controller & Admin Manager
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.
Kai Karim
Tax Consultant
Kai has specialised in tax since 1997 with a wealth of experience working in Accountancy, audit and tax of owner managed businesses with firms of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers including a top ten UK accountancy firm and is a qualified Tax Consultant. He has special responsibility for owner managed businesses and has an extensive knowledge in advising clients on all aspects of direct taxation. Kai has a passion for travel, music, theatre, cooking and cricket.
Rajiv Chabria
Assistant Tax Manager
Raj works in the personal tax department, preparing Tax Returns, resolving tax queries for clients, and also delivering tax advice. Raj is ATT qualified and is currently working towards finalising his CTA qualification. In his spare time, Raj enjoys attending dance classes, watching films, playing badminton, squash and chess.
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 prepare personal tax returns, essential tax planning for the future, dealing with foreign taxes along with capital gains computations. Saif is currently undertaking his ATT qualification. He is a keen supporter of Man Utd and says he enjoys the January tax deadline.
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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