About Us

The Story Behind J. Richard Hildebrand & Co. Chartered Certified Accountants

J. Richard Hildebrand & Co. Chartered Certified Accountants was founded many years ago by Mr Jonathan Richard Hildebrand (universally known as Rick). The firm has been established since 1981.

We have obtained a good reputation by word of mouth in many industry sectors, most especially the creative industries such as Photography, Advertising, and Film Production.

We have in particular taken a firm attitude with the authorities and used our best efforts to get the optimum result for our clients within the bounds of the law.  Some of our longest-lasting clients remain with us because we resolved such issues as HM Revenue and Customs enquiries and negotiated settlement of tax arrears over time.

We do not advise on artificial tax avoidance schemes.

Meet Our team

FCCA – Business Owner

Stephen Handley joined the firm as a Sub-Contractor on a very part-time basis in the autumn of 1994 and over time became the Office Manager, then the co-owner of the business and finally sole owner.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, switching over to ACCA in 2013.

When not working at the Practice, he grows vegetables on his allotment for relaxation.


Stephen Handley



• Making Tax Digital ProAdvisor.

• FreeAgent pro adviser.

• QBO pro adviser.

• XERO pro advisor.

• XERO MTD certified.

Deborah Handley has 20 years’ city experience in Finance including retail, insurance, merchant banking and the Stock Market:

• Freshwater Property Group.

• Gerlings Underwriters.

• Barings Stock Brokers before and after the Nick Leeson Scandal.

• Pershings Clearing House.

• Smith and Williamson Wealth Managers.

She has also been self-employed as a complementary therapist. She obtained an award for Volunteering by the Royal Bough of Kensington and Chelsea for her work at the Blenheim Centre for victims of substance misuse where she had the honour of meeting Princess Royal – Princess Anne.

Recently qualified as Bookkeeper with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and is currently bringing the practice into the digital world of online cloud software. Deborah also manages training and setting up clients for the new digital age.


Deborah Handley

Accountant QBO Pro Adviser


• QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor.

• Award in Accounting QCF –ATT.

• Award in Computerised Accounts City and Guilds.

• Quick Books Online Pro Adviser.

Yuri Mancoca’s Accountancy career began in Lisbon with an apprenticeship at Deloitte and Touche (Arthur Andersen) in 2001-2003. He then came to London, fell in love, got married and stayed.

Yuri is dedicated to problem solving, engaging with clients and bringing accounts production out of a paper bag!

When not in the office he is a keen footie player for the Portuguese League and loves being with his two children. Also a coffee buff – Coffee Lovers with Barista Qualification. Yuri also speaks Portuguese fluently.


Yuri Mancoca

BA Hons Accounting and Finance

ACCA Student


• QBO Pro Adviser.

• XERO Certified ProAdvisor.

• QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor.

• Making Tax Digital ProAdvisor.

Zaheer Shah has been part of our team since September 2018. He has graduated from Middlesex University with a First Class Hons (Class 2017). Whilst studying at university, he was employed as Student Learning Assistant (SLA) by Middlesex University.

Prior to joining JRHandco, Zaheer was self-employed as an Uber Partner Driver, which he started during his final year of studying at university.

He enjoys working with numbers and is keen to achieve his ACCA qualification.

Zaheer spends his spare time by going out with friends, working-out at the gym and playing snooker. He thinks no one can replace Ronnie O’Sullivan. Zaheer also speaks fluent Farsi/Dari and Hindi/Urdu.


Zaheer Shah

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Banking and Accountancy  

AAT Student

Irina moved to London, from Romania, at the beginning of 2017. She enjoys cooking, car trips and dancing.


Irina Dumitrache

Luigi is our newest addition to the team, he is eager to continue his studies and achieve accounting qualifications within the firm. 
Luigi has had a keen interest in sport since he was a child; having played semi-professional football for 4 years aged 17 to 21 back in his home country Italy, where he played more than one hundred games during his football career
Baccalaureate from Italy which includes accounting and has
Basic Quickbooks certification exam

Luigi Florio

What People Say

“Stephen and his team have been a great support to us here at The Guild – their knowledge and service has been key to us as we have developed out of the red and into the black as a local sports and social club – we hope our relationship will continue in the future.”
MR Mark Ryder
Chairman, Croxley Guild of Sport and Social Club
“Can I just say a big thank you for these updates – they are timely, concise and useful!”
Stephen Lenthall
“I’m finding your Covid-19 emails very useful and informative.”
“My clients book me because they need the services of a professional therapist that can deal with the stress and remedial issues they have.
Deborah and her team at J. Richard Hildebrand& Co have exceeded my expectations in every area of book keeping. They are insightful, prompt and efficient in dealing with both my finances and the HMRC with regards to furloughing, PAYE and allowances. Deborah has helped me to a standard higher than I was hoping for.
Their attention to detail, patience and clarity of explanation where necessary provides me with both peace of mind outstanding accounts and leaves me free to run my business.
Thank you, Deborah, I will recommend you highly wherever possible.”
John Voyo
“We have worked with J. Richard Hildebrand & Co. since 2015. They picked up our accounts at a turning point for our architectural design practice and guided us through a challenging time with professionalism and integrity.
We were given invaluable assistance when up-grading our in-house accounting system andJ. Richard Hildebrand & Co. continues to provide regular support with our monthly bookkeeping.
In addition to above, they manage our accounts and Payroll and prepare our Quarterly VAT returns, End of Year Company Corporation Tax Return and our Company Accounts. We find Stephen and his team extremely responsive to queries and helpful with day-to-day advice and we fully trust them to represent our company’s financial interests. It is a pleasure working with them.”
“Just wanted to say thank you for the email updates you have been sending out – they have been helpful and reassuring!”

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