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About Us

Here at Murray & Lamb, we pride ourselves on open and effective communication with our clients, offering first rate accountancy and tax advice across all of our services. For a more detailed and personal introduction as to who we are, have a browse through our meet the team section below.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith, BA (hons), FCCA, ACA

Paul has clients in many business sectors, including construction, manufacturing, engineering, haulage, IT and digital. Working out of our Stanley office, Paul specialises in construction and digital, as well as focusing on taxation planning and research and development credits.

Paul joined Murray & Lamb in 2001, training and qualifying with the firm in 2004, before becoming a partner in 2007. He is keen to ensure that start-up businesses, no matter how large or small, get quality financial advice from the very start. To this end, Paul also sits on the board of several clients in a non-executive director position.

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray, ACA

Stephen is one of the founding partners of Murray & Lamb, forming the company with Stephen Lamb in 1998. He trained and qualified in Consett, County Durham, in 1986, and currently works from our Consett office. His client portfolio is varied but covers business sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, marketing and retail.

Some of Stephen’s specialist areas include long term business strategy and taxation planning. He has clients who are based throughout the UK.

Stephen Lamb

Stephen Lamb, ACA

Along with Stephen Murray, Stephen formed Murray & Lamb in 1998. Stephen is based out of our Consett office, and has a wealth of experience in a wide variety business sectors. He qualified as Chartered in 1984 and specialises in assisting clients with tax investigations. He also has overall responsibility in the firm for practice admin and staff matters.

David Bayles

David Bayles, BA (Hons), FCCA

David works out of the Barnard Castle office and heads up the agricultural team. He specialises in working with farmers, utilising his numerous years of experience in the industry.

David graduated from Teeside University, joining the firm in 2001 and becoming a partner in 2007. He also uses his expertise to guide and help local sporting clubs and is himself a keen golfer.

Graeme Bell, BA (Hons), FCCA

Graeme joined Murray & Lamb in September 2002 having recently graduated with an Accounting degree from Teeside University. He trained with Murray & Lamb at the Consett office and then Barnard Castle office before becoming qualified in 2006. In 2007 Graeme was appointed as Manager of the Stanley office. As such he oversees and manages all aspects of the accounting, taxation and operations functions of the Stanley office. A role that has expanded over time as the client base at Stanley has grown.

Graeme’s clients encompass a broad range of industries from start-ups to large construction, haulage, wholesalers and retail. He is adept at numerous software packages and has a strong taxation background.

Tom Henniker-Major, BA (Hons), FCCA

Tom qualified with ACCA in 2010 having joined Murray & Lamb in the autumn of 2005 from Newcastle University. He initially worked at the Consett office before moving to Barnard Castle. He has a range of skills covering the breadth of accounting, VAT, personal and corporate taxes. Within his role at Barnard Castle he has worked closely with the large agricultural sector such as farmers, vets and markets, IT and engineering consultancy firms as well as a number of construction businesses.

In February 2015 Tom moved to Spennymoor to head up the team at our newest office. Working with Stephen Lamb, Tom has a managerial role to ensure the smooth running of the office and that all deadlines and targets are met.