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Chris Beeston

Chris started at Geens in 2007 completing his AAT and Chartered Accountancy exams in record time being fully qualified by the age of 21. Following this he passed his Chartered Tax exams, winning 2 prizes and the highest result in the country for Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates.  He now heads our Tax department with a particular interest in Inheritance Tax Planning, Trusts and Estates. Chris was appointed Tax Director in 2017. He has been a finalist in the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Business Awards and has published articles in Tax Adviser Magazine. He is also heavily involved in our charities sector, providing extensive
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Dean Clacher

Dean manages our unincorporated client base and personal tax clients working closely with Steve and their team to ensure the accounts and tax needs for those businesses and individuals are met. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2003 following a training contract with Geens and was appointed director in June 2016. He lives in Stone with his young family and has taken part in all of Geens’ charity challenges. T. 01782 847952 E. dean.clacher@geens.co.uk
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Carl France

Director Carl has a mixed client base of owner managed corporate entities and a particular specialism in charities, associations and clubs. In common with Geens’ philosophy Carl is closely involved with his clients and likes to be “hands on” providing all round business and taxation advice to the entity and its stakeholders. He regularly advises on share valuations and exit planning as well as business start-ups, profit extraction and corporate structures. Born and educated in the Stoke-on-Trent area, he joined Geens in 1982 before moving to the City of London for a short period, gaining valuable experience in a mid-tier
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Karen Staley

Karen specialises in all aspects relating to the firm’s varied and extensive corporate client base, from the relatively small owner managed to the larger more complex corporate entities. She works closely with her clients in supervising their routine accounts preparation and audit and corporate taxation matters. She is the firm’s senior statutory auditor and her audit team also looks after statutory and non-statutory audits and regulated client compliance work such as solicitors, pension schemes and our clients within the financial services sector. She also advises landed estates and trusts on all matters relating to accounting and tax. Karen has a
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Steve Archer

In addition to being one of the firm’s audit partners and overseeing the personal taxation department, Steve has managed and developed the firm’s ever growing unincorporated business department. He works with a diverse portfolio of clients, from business start-ups to long established sole traders and partnerships. His team, as well as dealing with the preparation of routine accounts and related personal taxation affairs, assist in the preparation of financial projections, payroll and VAT matters. Originally from Hertfordshire, Steve moved to Eccleshall, Staffordshire, joining Geens in 1986 where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987. He became a partner in
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