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James Howes

Founder of the Firm

Biography

  • Trinity College, Oxford (MA)
  • Chartered Accountant (FCA)
  • Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)
  • Expert Comptable

James is the founder of the firm, having lived and practised in France since 1983.  He is both an English Chartered Accountant and a French Expert Comptable.

“My clients find it reassuring to know that they have entrusted their affairs to a firm with which they can have meaningful dialogue in their own language. Money always matters to people and they like to know that they have an accountant who is on the same wavelength as themselves.”

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Jennifer Hooper

Chartered Accountant

Biography

  • King’s College London BA (Hons)

Jennifer has lived in France since 2011 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with James Howes & Co in December 2017.

Jennifer is a private client tax specialist. She deals with French personal tax returns; the accounting and tax affairs of French property holding companies (SCIs); and trust administration, including French tax compliance for overseas trusts.

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Michaela Harrison

Consultant

Biography

  • University of Kingston-upon-Thames BA (Hons)
  • Chartered Certified Accountant  (FCCA)
  • Expert Comptable

Michaela specialises in business analysis for small and medium-sized French companies and private client work.

Michaela has lived and worked in France since 1990.

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Máire Watson

Chartered Accountant

Biography

  • Oriel College, University of Oxford (BA)

Máire moved to France in September 2016 and joined James Howes & Co in April 2018.  She qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in January 2022.

Máire deals with French income tax, wealth tax and succession duty returns for wealthy non-residents and tax compliance for overseas trusts.

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Emma Goodband

Chartered Accountant

Biography

  • University of Bristol (MSc)

Emma moved to France in February 2018 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in August 2022.

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Ruth Millen

Trainee Chartered Accountant

Biography

  • University of Southampton (MA)

Ruth moved to France in December 2020 and is studying for the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA).

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Fred Johnson

Trainee Chartered Accountant

Biography

  • University of Loughborough (BSc)

Fred has lived in France since the age of three and is studying for the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA).

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Alexa Lemarquis

Principal secretary

Biography

Alexa has lived in France since 1988.

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Angélique Lambert

Office Manager

Biography

Angélique is a qualified French accountant and the office manager of James Howes & Co.