Meet some of the members of our talented team at Leathers LLP.

Michael Leather

Michael is Managing Partner of Leathers LLP, which he established in Durham 1990 as Leather & Co. Since that time, the business has developed an enviable audit and accounts client portfolio while also building a reputation as the 'go to' accountants for complex tax planning and problem solving matters. Leathers LLP has a reputation across the North East and far beyond, and Michael has clients throughout the UK, Europe and America. 

Prior to establishing the business 25 years ago, Michael, who graduated from the University of Durham in 1983, qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1986, specialising in taxation working for large private family companies and their owners. 

Michael is also a keen cyclist and is the lead rider of the Leathers LLP Tour De Force Team.


Zoe manages the accounts team, specialising in owner managed businesses and limited companies, advising clients on a range of bookkeeping and accounting issues. She joined Leathers LLP in 2007 as part of the outsourcing team and qualified in AAT before moving to the accounts department. She is a member of ACCA.

Contact Zoe for:

  • Accounts preparation including general accounting issues and advice
  • Bookkeeping and accounting software training and assistance
  • Assistance with new accounting and reporting requirements
  • Management accounting and systems reviews
  • Business planning or financial due diligence

Ryan is a member of our tax team. Ryan graduated from Newcastle University in 2007 and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2011. Working predominately with our private clients and Trusts, Ryan advises both trustees and individuals on a broad range of issues with a particular focus on Inheritance Tax.

Contact Ryan for:

  • ​Inheritance tax planning and advice
  • ​The taxation of Trusts and the benefit of Trust arrangements
  • ​Succession planning with tax efficient Wills
  • ​Assistance with probate and inheritance tax reporting
  • ​Establishing charities and advice on associated compliance matters

Alex is a member of our tax team and joined Leathers LLP in 2004 after graduating from Durham University.  Alex specialises in VAT and payroll but has experience in all areas of taxation, including both tax compliance and tax planning.

Contact Alex for:

  • VAT returns, queries and VAT planning
  • Payroll compliance, PAYE queries and payroll tax planning opportunities
  • General tax advice, both personal and corporate

Chris is a Chartered Tax Adviser working as part of the Tax Team. He is a graduate of Newcastle University and has been with Leathers LLP since 2004.  He advises on a range of business and corporate tax matters, and specialisms include advising on the UK tax affairs of several multinational companies. 

Contact Chris for: 

  • Business and corporate tax
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Commercial property VAT matters and capital allowances
  • Business sales and acquisitions 
  • Business planning and financial due diligence

Barry manages our tax team. He graduated from Durham University in 2007 and has since qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser.  Barry has experience in all areas of taxation, with a particular focus on our business and corporate clients, including both tax compliance and the identification of tax planning opportunities.

Contact Barry for:

  • Corporation tax returns and corporate tax planning
  • Corporate group tax compliance and cross border tax issues
  • Business taxes including personal tax returns and partnership tax returns
  • Assistance with corporate/business restructuring and planning opportunities

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