Graduate Case Studies



Duncan Stannett, Partner

After completing a degree in accounting in 1991, I trained at Barnes Roffe to gain a qualification in ACA accounting, and by 2000 was made a Partner. I know this may appear rapid, but the training, experience and support I received from the Barnes Roffe team, made this intense training programme worth enduring. I wouldn’t change a thing.

My colleagues provide a great support network, and I know that with their help we can achieve great things for our clients. At the moment I have got a lot of plans in motion to help build up Barnes Roffe’s clientele, and the great thing is even though I am now a Partner, the firm is still 100% behind my goals. My biggest ambition is to grow the South London Office to a £5m turnover, win us bigger and better clients and develop an offering in Forensic accounting. Above all, I would like to help graduate accountants to experience the same successes I have achieved, a task which I feel Barnes Roffe can easily help them with.



Tracy Cushion, Senior Tax Manager

When I first qualified in 1985 with a Business Studies degree, I initially wanted to work in marketing and advertising. Yet thinking back on those times I have to admit I always had an interest for figures.

I suppose the real turning point for me was when I met some of the Barnes Roffe team at a career’s fair near my home. After experimenting with a few jobs and experiencing little satisfaction, I got a really positive feeling from them and began to get excited about the opportunities their accountancy firm could offer me.

It has been over 20 years since I first qualified as a Chartered Accountant, but I am still as fascinated by tax accounting.

Over the years, I have explored a variety of roles with Barnes Roffe, and the breadth of knowledge I have acquired has been intense. Yet the best part has to be being able to balance my work life with my family life. Working as an audit manager until 2007, I was able to transfer into tax accounting following the birth of my first child and continue developing my experience. Barnes Roffe has been fantastic in their support. As my family has grown, I have been able to reduce my hours to just 21 a week and work my hours to suit my children’s need. They have truly been a god-send, enabling me to balance my 2 loves equally: being a senior tax manager and being a mother.


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