A simplified family tree for the firm of PKF Littlejohn showing the development of the firm and how the firm's name has evolved.
This tree is based on original research by Peter Boys published in Accountancy magazine in July 1989 (p104).
Updated by Paul Hopper, former Managing Partner of PKF Littlejohn, in April 2015.
Josiah Beddow started in practice in about 1845. His son, Frederick, joined him in 1873. Josiah Beddow was a member of the first Council of the Society of Accountants in England (1872). (Josiah Beddow's obituary, The Accountant, 18 January 1890, p.31; London at the Opening of the Twentieth Century: Contemporary Biographies, Charles Welch, W T Pike & Co, 1905; and Rules and Regulations of the Society of Accountants in England, 1875.)
What's in a name: Firms' simplified family trees
Between January and December 1989, accounting historian Peter Boys prepared a series of simplified family trees showing the development of the big accountancy firms of the day.
The original trees from 1989 have been reproduced here with a series of textual updates from Peter Boys which have taken the story forward to May 2005, the 125th anniversary of ICAEW. Since then, the staff of the ICAEW Library & Information Service have added notes on further changes that have taken place.
If you are aware of any further information which would add to or improve the accuracy of the family trees please let us know. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
© Original trees are copyright of Accountancy Magazine and CCH.
© Updates are copyright of Peter Boys.