A catch up with Janet Dentith, Bar Department Manager

This summer has seen some changes in Cassons Bar Department. Andrew Hood, who was Cassons bar department manager for 15 years, left the business to undertake a new and different challenge. We wish Andrew all the best and are delighted that Janet Dentith, who has worked in the team for over 10 years, has taken on the position of Bar Department Manager. Janet is a highly experienced chartered accountant and qualified tax adviser, and is well accustomed to dealing with barristers’ matters.

We are very pleased to welcome Rebecca Preston who joins us an administrator and Melanie Donegan who comes to us as a tax adviser.

Our first catch up is with Janet. Let’s find out about more about her...

How did you get in to your career?

I held a placement at Cassons while I was studying for my degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds. I was lucky enough to secure a position at Cassons as a graduate trainee in September 2008 after I had graduated. I began working in general practice, providing occasional accounts and tax support to the bar department. Shortly after that, I moved in to the bar department full time and I’ve been here ever since!

Favourite thing about the job?

I enjoy taking away the burden of compliance from our clients. I understand that barristers work exceptionally long hours and lead hectic lives, and that maintaining your books & records and checking your tax return is probably not always going be top of your priority list; but that’s where I step in along with the rest of the Cassons for Counsel team. Our aim is to make your life easier and take the stress out of managing your financial affairs.

What’s happening within your specialism?

Making tax digital is coming from April 2019 so it’s becoming more and more important that people get used to cloud based software. Keep an eye out for our MTD updates - and if you have any questions about Xero or how to move your records on to Xero, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Any advice for pupils?

Be prepared and don’t leave your registrations until the last minute. Don’t forget – we can help with this!  

Also, a simple thing that would make your life easier is ensuring that you keep hold of all of your receipts for your business expenses. There are apps that can retain this information electronically for you e.g. Curve, so you don’t have to worry about losing your receipts!

What job would you be terrible at?

Singer – I’m tone deaf!

An interesting fact about you?

I have a twin sister who I am three minutes older than. They are a very important three minutes!!!