Millions of small businesses and sole traders fear the sound of self-assessment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. TBL works with local businesses to ensure their financial affairs are in order year-round, year after year. We prepare tax returns, carry out necessary calculations, and speak to HMRC on behalf of our clients to remove the stress from self-assessment.

Meet the TBL team

Paul Stafford FCCA - TBL Partner

Paul Stafford FCCA


Paul setup TBL with Chris Humpage, and provides expert advice on gifts, trusts, estate planning and more.

Having worked in Southend most of his career, Paul qualified in 1996 and became a partner in the local office of a London firm in 1998. In 2017 Paul and Chris set up a new independent practice, TBL Accountants.

Paul has a wide and varied client portfolio, including those in the Charity sector and area where Paul has wide experience having served as trustees for a number of Charities. He believes a strong open relationship in clients of all sizes achieve their objectives.

Outside of work Paul is a long suffering West Ham fan, plays Tennis( poorly!) and is a local District commissioner for Scouting

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Chris Humpage FCA - TBL Partner

Chris Humpage FCA


Chris setup TBL with Paul Stafford, and is experienced in business valuations, preparing exit strategies and more.

Chris trained with a Top 50 firm in Suffolk and qualified in 1996, he became a Partner in the local office of a London firm in 2009. In 2017 Chris and Paul set up a new independent practice, TBL Accountants.

Chris has a wide and varied client portfolio, he has a large number of clients in the motor industry. Chris believes that the most important person in his business relationship with his clients is his client.

Outside of work, assuming he is not taking one of his children to dancing or cricket, you will find Chris on a golf course, on his bike or watching cricket.

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Liz Darby - Tax Technician

Liz Darby

Tax Technician

Liz deals with personal tax compliance ensuring all Tax Returns are submitted on time.

Liz is ATT qualified and has worked for the firm since 2007. She enjoys all areas of tax but works mainly in personal and corporation tax.

Liz enjoys spending time with her friends and family competing in Nuclear Races and going away in the caravan to have some time out from rebuilding her house.

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