Who We Are

Why should you choose us?

We have been providing support to businesses and individuals in Wirral and beyond for over 50 years and have developed a reputation for quality and client service at a competitive price.

Our History

The firm was established in 1962 by Charles Bertram Burrows to give local businesses and individual taxpayers a service of a quality which was previously only available in the cities of Liverpool or Chester.

From the 1970s the firm was run by the founder’s son Christopher Burrows and his partner Jim Sands until Jim’s retirement in 2004 following which Chris continued to serve the firm’s clients with his team.

In 2015 the firm incorporated and its ownership passed to John Phythian who has retained Chris and the team and is committed to continuing the firm’s success.

The firm's premises at 10 Grange Road were built by Chris’s grandfather in 1905 as the main Post Office. The firm now occupies all three floors of this distinctive building in the centre of a thriving business community in a pleasant seaside town.
building site with yellow cranes
If you are looking for a chartered accountant or business adviser in Wirral then call us on 

0151 625 2332

Our Team

John Phythian FCA

John Phythian is the Director of Bertram Burrows and is the practice principal having taken over following 20 years in senior roles in both practice and industry. John has a broad base of experience in accounting and tax matters and has a particularly good understanding of business planning and preparing businesses for exit having advised clients extensively in this area. Immediately before taking over Bertram Burrows, John served as the finance director of one of his former clients, having been recruited in 2008. This real world experience enables John to see things from a client’s perspective.

John lives locally and enjoys all sports and spending time with his young family.

Christopher Burrows FCA

Christopher Burrows trained in the Liverpool office of a major international firm. After qualifying, he broadened his experience by working for a smaller firm in Liverpool, before joining Bertram Burrows in 1976.

Chris, who was born in West Kirby, has a depth of tax and accounting knowledge and experience gained from serving a broad range of clients from private individuals to multinational companies.

Following the change of ownership Chris has remained with the practice as a Consultant and continues to be heavily involved with his clients.

Susan Totty FCA TEP

Sue Totty is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Sue advises private clients in respect of all personal tax matters including income, inheritance and capital gains taxes. Sue lives in Wirral and is a keen golfer.

Steve Chee BA (Hons) Accountancy

Steve is Bertram Burrows’ Accounts Manager, having been with the practice for more than 20 years. He has a wide range of experience advising private and business clients on bookkeeping, accounting and taxation.

Kathryn Buckenham AAT

Kathryn is a qualified Accounting Technician. She is principally responsible for providing accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and VAT services to clients.
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