Barbara Acheson LL.B ATT CTA, Director of Tax


What’s your role at James Hair & Co?

I have responsibility for tax planning, which helps people with the tax implications of specific events on their finances. I also oversee compliance and make sure all tax returns go in on time and are accurate, and that clients know what they have to pay and when. 


What do you like best about it?

The variety – no two days are ever the same, you never know what phone calls you might get and what new challenges you might come across. Every client is different, and we enjoy creating solutions specifically for them, whatever scenario they might be in.


What one word sums you up and why?

Tenacious! I quite like to get things untangled and will work at something until I get an answer to it.


What was the last thing you Googled?

The weather in Florida! I’m about to go on holiday there for 8 days and it’s nice and warm at the moment.


What’s No.1 on your bucket list?

I hope to climb Ben Nevis soon – I haven’t managed it this year, but maybe next year!



  • 1982 – LL.B Queens University, Belfast
  • 1994 – Member of Association of Tax Technicians
  • 1997 – Chartered Tax Adviser