About Us

At Knill James our vision is to provide valued advice and results that make a difference to our clients, our teams and our communities. Understanding our clients' needs is the foundation of our success, backed up by client care which is second to none.

It's been more than 130 years since Mr H. H. Knill set up his accountancy practice in London in 1887, moving to Lewes a few years later and going into partnership with Mr E. D. James. We’ve been in Lewes ever since, growing and evolving into the award-winning, independent firm we are today, with a talented team of over 55 financial experts.

At Knill James our aim is simple, to help you get the very best out of your business through our expert compliance and advisory services and specialist sector knowledge. Our starting point is always the same: to understand your business, its challenges and opportunities, so that we can work together to achieve your short- and long-term goals.

Knill James is a founder member of the UK200 Group, the UK’s leading quality assured member association of independent chartered accountants and law firms, with connections around the world.


Who we work with


Harvey's Brewery

Harvey’s Brewery is a family business established in 1790, with Co-Owner Hamish Elder part of the 8th generation of the Harvey’s family. They produce prize winning, traditional cask ales and are a household name throughout the South East and beyond. The ales are brewed at the renowned Harveys ‘brew house’, using only the best traditional methods and the finest of raw ingredients.

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Brightwell Dispensers Limited (Bright-Tech Group)

Brightwell Dispensers Ltd is a family-owned business created in 1947. Based in Newhaven, East Sussex the company have grown and evolved into a global designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensers and dosing systems.

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Meet the Team

Work with Us

At Knill James we recognise our people are key to our growth and success. We offer opportunities at all levels for enthusiastic people wanting to join our dynamic and progressive team. With over 55 members of staff based in Lewes, all of our people help to contribute to the firm achieving its strategic goals and build on our successes. Therefore we’re always keen to speak to the best talent to join our growing teams.

Interested in joining us?

Should you be interested in any of our roles please feel free to get in touch by emailing your CV along with a cover letter to careers@knilljames.co.uk.

Or simply contact us to find out more.

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