Sue Paulley
Nick Paulley

about us

Accountants seem alien to most of us. You can't understand a word they are saying and they seem to be living in a world of their own.

As a client, you'll find our approach refreshingly different. Apart from being human and having a sense of humour, we actually talk in plain English. You'll even look forward to coming to our office, having a chat and meeting the office dog.

Our dress code? Jeans and t-shirt (we'll wear suits if you want us to). On top of that, we are good at what we do. Honest. We are based in Keynsham, and the clients for whom we provide accountancy are based in Bath and Bristol.


volunteer work

Nick and Sue are proud to be part of the volunteer charity Freewheelers


chartax team



Sue Paulley ACCA

Sue is a Chartered Certified Accountant and she qualified 10 years ago. She also has UK and American tax qualifications. She started her professional life working for the Inland Revenue in Southend-on-Sea, then moved to Ernst & Young in London working in the expatriate tax department doing UK and American tax. After 4 years there, she moved to Price Waterhouse in Bristol, still working in the expatriate tax department where she helped to introduce American tax to their services.

After having breast cancer at the age of 29, she left the accountancy profession and went to work for an NHS Trust that served adults with learning difficulties for 4 years, as the PA to the Chair and Chief Exec of the Trust.

Husband Nick then decided to start his own firm and she joined him and retrained as an accountant by part time home study over 3 years. Sue is unashamed that she loves figures and really enjoys sitting down with a fresh set of books to produce a set of accounts.



Nick Paulley

Nick started life working as a trainee tax specialist at the young and impressionable age of 22, working for a small local firm in Bath. He trained and passed the Chartered Institute of Taxation exams in 1989 and gained experience in some of the biggest accountancy practices in the world as a tax specialist.

For the last 16 years Nick has worked with owner managed businesses of varying size helping them through the tax maze, believing passionately that no-one should pay more tax than they are legally obliged to pay.

As well as delivering specific tax advice, Nick also provides down to earth business advice and support through unpaid work for the local enterprise agency providing a tax and accountancy surgery, helping with training courses and acting as a panel member for the seed loan fund:The Bristol Enterprise and Development Fund, a lender of last resort for small and start up businesses.