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The James Milne Story

We are a firm passionate about the future but proud of our past. Established in Aberdeen in 1888 by James Milne, for more than 130 years the name of the founder has been synonymous with the highest standards of professionalism.

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Today our partners pride themselves on a modern and progressive approach, embracing the evolution of software and systems at the core of business and personal finance, but remain true to the values which have stood James Milne in good stead since those formative years in the 19th century.

Scotland is the birthplace of British accounting, with Queen Victoria granting a royal charter to the Institute of Accountants in Edinburgh to create the profession of Chartered Accountant in 1854. 

James Milne was among those to emerge as a leading light in what was a bold new era, an early member of the Society of Accountants in Aberdeen which in turn joined with those in Edinburgh and Glasgow to form the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

James Milne began life as a sole trader before growing the firm through the years in a measured way. Indeed, current managing partner Graham Bridgeford became only the 15th partner to be appointed when he joined the list in the 1990s.

The world has moved on, but the principles remain reassuringly familiar. Attention to detail, integrity and an unstinting commitment to client satisfaction are the foundations which generations of accountants at James Milne have built upon to create one of the most recognised and respected firms in the north-east. 

Working throughout Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Angus and further afield we pride ourselves on our versatility. Now led by five experienced partners, we serve the region from our offices in Aberdeen, Banchory and Inverurie with a team of 40 working across these locations..

Bon Accord Square has been our city centre home since the 1920s, with the refined granite buildings designed by the renowned Archibald Simpson and built a century earlier. Like us, they have stood the test of time.

The square is now protected by listed building status and although the bricks and mortar retain a traditional feel, the firm has changed immeasurably over the past 130 years.

Significantly, in 2008 our acquisition of Cassie & Co. in Inverurie brought two respected names in north-east accountancy together to create a strong offering which is at the core of James Milne today. 

Expansion of the firm continued in September 2016 with the opening of a new office in Banchory, following the acquisition of AC Howat Chartered Accountant. Further acquisitions were made in 2018 with Williamsons Chartered Accountants in Banchory and Tax U Save Limited in Turriff.

With business clients across a wide range of sectors – from energy and technology through to retail, and agriculture – as well as a broad spectrum of private clients, the future promises to be as bright as the rich and varied past.

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5 Bon Accord Square,
AB11 6XZ

Telephone: 01224 584458

5 High Street,
AB51 3QA

Telephone: 01467 623311

Rosewood, Raemoir Road,
AB31 4ET

Telephone: 01330 828500

Email Us: mail@jamesmilne.co.uk