'Luckin and Sheldrake is one of the oldest provincial firms; the Institute itself was incorporated in 1880, ten years after the firm was founded,' said the ICAEW's Accountancy Magazine when describing the firm's centenary in 1970.
Bird Luckin and Sheldrake resulted from a merger in 1976 between Bird & Partners (Brentwood-based) and Luckin & Sheldrake, which had offices in Braintree, Chelmsford, Dunmow and Witham, thus enhancing the Essex identity of the practice.
Following another merger in 1990 the name of the firm was changed to Bird Luckin. The firm is now led by 12 directors, and provides a high quality, personal service to new ventures as well as established businesses.
Bird & Partners
Bird & Partners had its roots in Brentwood in the 1930s when an office was opened in the town. The name of Bird & Partners was registered in the early 1950s, and the firm provided comprehensive audit, accountancy, taxation and financial management services to the town's business and private community.
Luckin & Sheldrake
James Luckin of Luckin and Sheldrake commenced in business as an accountant in Chelmsford in 1870 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1882.