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We like seeing businesses flourish. We want to see our clients go from strength to strength. Since 1987, we have been providing high-quality bookkeeping, accounting, tax planning and business consultancy services for clients in Southampton, London, across the UK and abroad. Our clients range from small to large businesses, manufacturing companies, growing limited companies, sole traders, high net worth individuals, academy schools, charities and internet trading companies.

We take a holistic view of your accounting, business and tax affairs encompassing your bookkeeping needs, year-end accounts preparation, audit requirements and strategic goals, together with your business taxation and personal financial planning needs, to offer you the correct mix of services.

We consider your business and your personal financial affairs to be a journey over time, tailoring our services to your changing business and personal needs, in line with what you plan for the future.


ABDS is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and operates to the ACCA best practice guidelines.

After working with us, you can leave your bookkeeping, accounting and tax worries behind and get back to focusing on leading your business to success.


From start to finish ABDS is with you every step of the way

At ABDS, we like to see businesses flourish. We are in touch with the accounting, business and tax issues that face our clients and ever mindful of their short and long-term strategic goals.

Brilliant with numbers

Great with people

Clear and precise with advice

Timely and cost effective


Our accountants and staff are trained to provide high-quality, timely services with all work supervised and reviewed by qualified chartered accountants to ensure the highest standards. Our team is energetic and dynamic, with a variety of skills and a range of experience.

Lavinia Newman BSc FCCA FCMA MCIArb (Mediation) MBACP

Lavinia Newman founded ABDS in 1987, and is an expert in accounting and business consulting for owner-managed businesses.

She started her career as an investment analyst at City of London stockbrokers Sheppards & Chase and then Dean Witter Reynolds. Later, she moved on to work as an accountant in the gaming industry for the Playboy Club, as well as in the entertainment industry for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lavinia has also worked for Cartier, the Bond Street jewellers, and in the Head Office of Arthur Guinness Son & Company.

She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

She enjoys negotiation, mediation, problem solving and dealing with people.

Stuart Coleman BA (Hons) FCCA

Stuart Coleman joined the firm in 1999, and is a specialist in tax planning. He has substantial practical experience with the firm’s clients.

His expertise covers  retirement and inheritance tax planning and tax enquiry work, as well as specialist projects such as business sale and valuations, shareholder and partnership agreements, dispute resolution, statutory, contract and CIS regulation work.

Stuart has a degree in accountancy from Southampton Solent University and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with ABDS. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Stuart is an avid reader and enjoys watching sport.

Peter Ham FCA CTA

Peter Ham is a Director of Audit for Business Development and Solutions Limited. He is responsible for audit planning and completion, and presenting the final audited accounts and any subsequent recommendations to clients. 

He trained with Deloitte Haskins & Sells and qualified as FCA and CTA followed by a practising certificate, where he prepared the accounts, audits and tax of branches and subsidiaries of public companies and owner managed businesses in the audit department for eight years.

He has worked with various sizes of businesses including owner managed businesses, larger franchise businesses, architects, solicitors’ partnerships and various charities, such as housing associations, and other not for profit organisations such as a rugby club and a cricket club.

Chris Miles BA (Hons) CeMAP DipPFS

Chris Miles works for Continuum Financial Services, a National advisory business with whom we are partnered. Chris has helped many individual clients and corporate clients through the intricacies of financial advice as an Independent Financial Adviser.
He works alongside ABDS to offer wealth management services, including tax-efficient investments and pensions as well as guiding clients through insuring themselves, their family and their business assets/profits. The tax position on certain investment and protection plans are often not realised by Chris’ clients before he meets them, so his aim is to always leave his client in a better, more informed and more tax-efficient position after his advice.
When not helping clients, Chris enjoys going to the gym, good coffee and coastal walks.

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