Sheen Stickland Chartered Accountants – a five-partner, 40 staff firm – has announced that it will be merging with Barter Durgan & Muir to take over its Petersfield office. With offices already in Chichester and Alton, the integration is part of a natural expansion and will ensure a wide range of expertise is available to Petersfield clients, including specialist services for charities and agricultural businesses.
Harriet Sergeant, the Sheen Stickland partner heading up the expansion, said: “This seemed like a very natural move as we share a lot of the same professional values and standards as Barter Durgan & Muir. The firm has been in Petersfield for over 40 years and has been in excellent hands with the managing partner Chris Elsey. We hope to build on that legacy and continue to support the team here in the excellent work they do.”
Chris Elsey has been managing partner at Barter Durgan & Muir for nearly 20 years and will be staying on after his retirement to ensure a smooth transition to working under the new Sheen Stickland banner.
Sheen Stickland began its professional practice in 1944 and today has two offices and five partners who are supported by 40 members of staff. Sergeant qualified as a chartered accountant with the firm and has been a partner since 2013, specialising in owner-managed businesses, tax planning and business advice, including business acquisitions and disposals.
All existing staff of Barter Durgan & Muir will be staying on in Petersfield. The firm will now be operating under the name Sheen Stickland incorporating Barter Durgan & Muir at the existing offices on Lavant Street.