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Meet The Team

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Femi O. Ogunshakin

Founder & CEO

A tax professional with over twenty five years’ experience of advising individuals, businesses and more recently, professional advisers, Femi started his tax career with the then Inland Revenue (HM Revenue & Customs) in 1988, Fẹmi originally specialised in tax investigation work before moving in 1997 to KPMG, then Deloitte, Grant Thornton before moving into industry working within the in-house Group Tax functions of United Biscuits, Standard Bank and Barclays Bank.  

Seeking new challenges, Fẹmi took a break from the tax profession in 2009 and embarked on a solicitors training contract. Following qualifying and being admitted to the Roll of solicitors in April 2011, he established Loftus Stowe as a consulting vehicle from which he and the growing team continues to provide tax, HR and management consulting services to the firm’s expanding list of owner managed business, medium sized corporates and individual private clients.

Fẹmi continues to practice as a solicitor through a number of law firms, and under his direction, Loftus Stowe successfully applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) under the Solicitors Act 2007. The firm is now a corporate member of Private Client Solicitors LLP through which it provides a comprehensive range of legal service to clients seeking advice in respect of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and other private and corporate legal matters.

Fẹmi holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, an LL.M in Law & Employment Relations and is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the Sheffield & District Law Society, the Society of Will Writers and Estate Practitioners, the Employment Lawyers Association and an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Fẹmi is also Trustee and Board Member of Bassetlaw Citizens Advice Bureau and Worksop Priory & Gatehouse Community Trust. In what little spare time he has left, Femi makes the occasional written contribution to tax subscription journals, and presents on tax topical issues to, among others, the Chartered Institute of Tax and the Federation of Small Businesses. 

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Andrew Fullelove

Director - Head of Property Services

A  Chartered member of the Institute of Housing, Andrew is an experienced property practitioner with over two decades experience under his belt.

Initially gaining experience in the management of general needs property, Andrew has worked in both the social and private sectors of the property markets where he has specialised in the management of service charges & leasehold property and the buy to let sector. During the early 2000s Andrew worked with a number of high profile registered social landlords on the development on a number of city centre apartment blocks as well as out of town developments – from design stage through to day to day management – acting as a key resource for front line staff.

In 2010, Andrew moved into the buy-to-let sector with the establishment of Pinfold Property Services, an independent property management company which specialises in providing a private client approach to its landlords. Andrew’s clients range from multi property landlords, overseas landlords through to single let landlords. Andrew has established himself as a local expert speaking at property investor seminars and business network meetings. These services are now delivered from the offices of Loftus Stowe as a natural progression to improve the quality of the services he provides his clients who now have access to Loftus Stowe’s tax, legal and accounting services.

In his spare time, Andrew takes on a number of non-property roles and is the current Chairman of the Bassetlaw chapter of the Federation of Small Businesses and is Treasurer of St John’s Church, Carlton in Lindrick. 

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Holly Janaway

Tax Manager

A qualified accountant and member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), Holly joined the firm in January 2014 following a prior career in practice

As the firm’s Tax Manager, Holly has responsibility for managing our diverse and ever growing portfolio of tax clients, many of whom come to us with tax issues which vary from a failure to disclose, to basic and complex tax planning matters.

We receive referrals from IFAs, accountants and solicitors, resulting in Holly and her team getting used to working with an increasing number of international clients who if not seeking advice on Double Tax treaty matters, or with regards to their UK tax status following their successful Tier 1 visa applications. Other clients come to us about  because they are UK ex-pats working abroad and need UK compliance with respect to their worldwide income.

Our property team also keeps Holly busy with in relation to overseas clients with UK property portfolios. There’s never a dull day, at the firm as in addition to looking after our diverse range of UK resident personal and business tax clients, Holly is also the firm’s HR Manager and has responsibility for staff performance and training requirements.

Holly is currently studying for her Association of Taxation Technician (ATT) exams. 

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Alison Reed

Payroll Administrator

Alison joined the Sullivan Contracts team in October 2016 as Payroll Administrator.

Alison began her career as an Office Junior in 1989 and ran payroll for a cutlery manufacturer until 1998.

Following a short career break, Alison returned to work, processing a weekly payroll for a sign writers before by joining a firm of accountants assisting the payroll manager processing a number of client payrolls.  

After spending 10 years in this role, Alison moved to a standalone position with another accountancy firm, processing client payrolls.

Since joining us, Alison has been kept quite busy processing weekly/monthly payrolls as well as CIS payments.

When not being a calming influence on our diverse portfolio of subcontractors, Alison finds the time to guide Mia as she learns the ropes and pressures of working in our busy payroll team.

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Mia Cooper

Business Administration

Mia joined Sullivan Contracts in November 2016, as a Business Administration apprentice which mainly involves assisting Alison with processing our clients weekly payrolls.

Mia recently completed a course in Travel and Tourism North Notts College and prior to that sat her GCSE’s at Outwood Academy Portland in Worksop.Before Starting the apprenticeship Mia worked part time in retail.

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Steve Bowerman

Senior Tax Consultant

Steve is a tax practitioner with forty years’ experience, initially specialising in the taxation of Lloyds Underwriters and Syndicates. After this, he moved on becoming tax managers and senior tax managers for ten top practices. 

Over the last twelve years, Steve has focused on advising individuals and businesses, letting them know how they may legitimately reduce their tax burden by making use of the reliefs afforded by the Taxes Acts. He also advises on wealth preservation and how individuals may protect their assets from future predators and creditors.

Steven offers a one to one wealth preservation clinic at no cost and without obligation to those who may benefit from his experience and expertise. This is a diagnostic exercise and usually takes about an hour.

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Ade Okubanjo

Director - Head of Accounting Services

Ade Okubanjo is Director of Loftus Stowe Accounting Services.

He is a qualified accountant with the AAT, a member of the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers, and possess experience both in industry and practice.

He worked for Walgreens Boots Alliance and G4S plc in their financial accounting teams undertaking a variety of tasks such as foreign exchange revaluations, audit of journals, intercompany accounts, balance sheet reconciliation, SOX testing, review of internal controls, group reporting, statutory accounts preparation, review of FRS101 conversion, debt management, loss prevention, process improvement, SAP coaching and intercompany current account management.  

Prior to this, he spent 8 years in the UK Civil Service in a variety of roles from policy advisory and mentoring to operations and risk assessment. He also spent time coach and training colleagues and wrote papers that contributed to shaping some of the policies within the Ministry of Justice.

Along with his AAT qualification, Ade holds a master’s degree in Financial Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics.  He is also a lecturer in Accounting at the Norths Notts College.

Ade is a versatile individual with extensive experience of corporate and practice accounting and a passion for the profession. He sits on the Bassetlaw Enterprise Grant Panel that reviews funding applications made by small businesses in the North Nottinghamshire area and he runs training and seminars on Charity accounting and business start-ups. He also publishes tax, accounting and economic articles in his spare time and acts as the Treasurer of Christ Church Worksop.

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Jikoa Monu

Director- Head of Legal Services

Jikoa started his legal career at Jim McKenzie Solicitors a company/commercial practice in Hampstead in North London. A major client was Mercury Communications an American mobile phone network company formed to challenge the then monopoly of British Telecom (BT). Jikoa’s experience at this firm equipped him with litigation skills in insolvency matters, knowledge of civil court process, and the ability to strategize and leverage legal negotiations.

Qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, Jikoa added probate, will drafting, estate planning, enduring/lasting power of attorney and deputyships to his skill set together with commercial and residential conveyancing and commercial agreement drafting/dispute handling. In 2002, Jikoa started his own firm: Humphrey Williams Solicitors in the Vauxhall area of London a stone’s throw from the famous MI5 building on the River Thames. As senior partner of this practice, Jikoa had overall management responsibility for 15 staff and three qualified lawyers.

Recognising that the traditional model of a solicitors practice would be impacted by the provisions of the Legal Services Act 2007, Jikoa, like most modern entrepreneurial lawyers is keen to lend his skills to new styles of delivering tailored legal consultancy services to clients and business owners and recognises the opportunities presented by the approach adopted by Loftus Stowe.

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Harry Mirfin

Consultant

A Wills professional with over fifteen years’ experience in Will writing and tuition of Will writing to junior Paralegals and Will Writing Assistants.

Following initial careers as a civil servant, retail manager and as a leasing specialist, Harry joined HSBC Trust Company (UK) Ltd in 2000. Working within Wills & Probate, as a team member providing advice on their Wills Helpline.  Harry developed his technical Will writing knowledge. In 2003, Harry was appointed Technical Consultant to an international team, created to transfer the preparation of Wills to its global center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Harry spent two months in Malaysia teaching Will writing and imparting technical knowledge to the local people selected as Will writers, returning in 2004 to provide refresher training.

In 2008, Harry joined Irwin Mitchell LLP as technical adviser to the Will writing team, where he was primarily responsible for providing training courses to both Will Writing Assistants and Paralegals; and for designing and implementing an accreditation scheme for paralegals to achieve competency in drafting Wills from simple through to complex.  He readily admits that this is the achievement of which he is most proud.

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Ella Bramall

Legal Executive

Ella joined Loftus Stowe in March 2014, originally as the firm’s Business Administrator, however, we soon discovered her passion for the law, and soon expressed a keenness to explore a career within the law.

In the summer of that year, we promoted Ella to the newly created role of Legal Executive, so she could assist the directors on client matters. Over the past two years, Ella has been a great asset in assisting the firm’s clients in particular, a multi-million turnover solar energy company in which she acted as the client’s customer complaints department, corresponding with trading standards, assisting with drafting settlement agreements, corresponding on behalf of the client with courts, and drafting documents.

Ella reports to Femi and Jikoa but also works alongside our legal colleagues at Waterside Legal LLP (trading as Private Client Solicitors), Ella has primary responsibility for our private client mandate and has assisted with many complex and sometimes contentious Will matters, some of which are international clients. In November 2015, the firm participated in Will Aid and Ella had met with clients to discuss their needs and assisted with the drafting of their Wills. We are proud to announce that Ella’s efforts have helped raise over £500 for charity.

Ella is a student member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), and continues her professional development by undertaking her ILEX course and is expecting to sit her first exams in September 2017.

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Maria Elliott

HR Director

Originally a hospitality management graduate, Maria qualified in the HR profession with a post-grad Diploma in HRM in 1999. Since then, she has been working with businesses across a variety of market sectors, providing them with advice, guidance and support across the full spectrum of the employment lifecycle.

Maria is passionate about great people practices, A dynamic and enthusiastic HR professional dedicated to the continuous improvement of organisations and individuals through the creative use of HR strategy, policies, skills and techniques, including staff development and employee engagement. 

Maria is experienced up to Board level in all elements of generalist HR, with particular emphasis on implementing effective recruitment and selection processes, change management, business improvement and culture re-alignment.

Maria assists clients with the delivery of strong strategic and operational HR skills including peer working and team management; with a pragmatic focus on problem solving and strong communication and consultation skills.

Maria is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and a certified Thomas International practitioner. She has recently become an Enterprise Advisor, working alongside a local secondary school to enhance the careers offering to students.

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Phillipa Hardcastle

HR Officer

Phillipa started with the team in January 2015, initially working in administration but was promoted in January 2016, after having ambitions to become a qualified HR practitioner. Since then she has become a student member and is studying towards the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Phillipa supports the firm’s HR clients who range from small sole traders to large limited companies. The support includes all general HR matters such as drafting contracts of employment and staff handbooks, reviewing and developing policies and procedures, drafting accurate HR documents with reference to employment legislation, preparation of documents for disciplinary and grievances and develops, communicates and implements procedures for clients.

Phillipa not only assists with external HR matters but also with the HR management of the office including assisting with employee annual objective setting, reviews and appraisals, training and development, promoting equality and diversity and providing administration, preparation and support in recruitment procedures.

In addition to supporting the HR team, Phillipa assists and supports with the organisation of the office, diaries and has responsibility for the management of all social media, looking after all postings, blogs and updates informing you on new developments within the various HR disciplines.

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Oliver Smout

Business Administration

Having recently gained A-levels in ICT and Physics, Oliver joined the team in November 2016, as an Apprentice working towards gaining an NVQ in Business Administration.

Oliver’s current role includes assisting our colleagues across the Loftus Stowe group of companies (including Pinfold Property) with office administration duties and social media feeds.

Long term, Oliver is keen to learn about the different areas of business covered by the Loftus Stowe companies and has already expressed a particular interest in accounting.

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Lindsey Newman-Wood

Marketing Consultant

Lindsey our Marketing Consultant, is a specialist marketing expert and has over 20 years experience in marketing.

She has worked in a variety of sectors from IT, Leisure and Manufacturing. She now specialises is helping small business grow through better marketing with a focus on return on investment.

Lindsey is on a mission to ‘de-msytify’ marketing and social media and help business owners raise their profile and gain more sales leads. 

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