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Established 1972, ph: +61 8 9382 3244


We are privileged to be a part of our clients businesses and really enjoy partnering with them to make their businesses more profitable, valuable and enjoyable.

Below are some of the testimonials we have received.

“Thank you for your help and expert advice in assisting us with the purchase of our first small business, Grasstrees Australia.
From the initial first steps of exploring our business worth right through the extensive process to arriving at attending our settlement process, we found your advice and knowledge invaluable and truly professional.
You have given us the structure and the confidence to grow as we want, and realise our dream of owning our own business.
We have no hesitation in highly recommending you as both a small business advisor and ongoing as our accountant. We look forward to working with you for many years to come.”
– Justin & Leanne Leeder, Grasstrees Australia Pty Ltd

“I was recommended to Marsdens by a colleague. David Lennon’s tax advice has been well received. As a small business operator it freed up my precious time to concentrate on other areas of the business. The professionalism and candid nature which he has dealt with my affairs helps me to sleep better at might. I look forward to dealing more with Marsdens as the business grows, thanks to David and the Marsdens team.”
– Gary Brown, Owner of Oracle Safety Solutions

“Marissa is an excellent accountant; just don’t get in the car with her if you haven’t taken your heart medication.”
– Mark Mendelawitz, Director at Mendelawitz Morton Commercial Lawyers

“We have had our tax returns handled by Marsdens since 1985, we have always been happy with the service we received.”
– Nancy & John O’Sullivan

“The year 2009/2010 tax year is the first year that our “Kerr Pension Fund” accounts have been completed by MSI Marsdens – new experience for us! However, there is nothing new about us working with David Lennon in regard to our financial affairs.
When I learnt that David had moved from Pike & Skinner to Marsdens, I dwelt on the decision to ‘move’ for about a nano second! …
David has had the responsibility for our accounts for more than a decade. He is an excellent professional. His approach with clients is friendly, his knowledge of self-managed superannuation funds in unsurpassed in my experience and his efficiency level is consistently outstanding.
We value his expertise and appreciate his demeanor and style with us as clients. You are indeed fortunate to have acquired the services of such a fine young man.”
– Dr Ian Kerr of The Kerr Pension Fund

“I have had a professional relationship with Marsdens for over 15 years.
In a former life (Banking) Marsdens were a client of mine and when I left the banking industry I introduced my new employer to Marsdens.
Marsdens have continued to provide professional financial services to our company in addition to providing personal financial services to myself and the other senior executives.
Marissa Bennett has been the primary contact for me in regards to my business, personal, family trust and self managed super fund requirements, ably supported by Irina who looks after my personal tax returns.
I have always found Marsdens staff to be professional and personable in all the dealings I have had.”
– Terry Pember, Manager Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Best Bar Reinforcements

“David Lennon and the Marsdens team worked with us on both our tax returns and latest investment. David worked on our case with the utmost professionalism and was always forthcoming with advice.”
– Travis & Lisa Williams

Marissa Bennett has provided corporate secretarial and taxation services to our company for nearly 4 years.
This has been a difficult time for the company as we have been through a total board and management transition and then corporate restructuring from a listed Australian Public Company to a Singaporean Public Unlisted Company. During what has surely been a strong test of her knowledge, capabilities and managerial skill, Marissa has always provided sound advice and followed it through with prompt action. She has ensured that we navigate the tricky processes in compliance with the applicable laws, and from her networks she is able to obtain appropriate expert support and advice when it is required. Importantly, she has been able to tailor her advice to our needs as a small company. I cannot speak highly enough of working with her through these challenging times.
She has always been professional, thoughtful, helpful and thorough. We are grateful for her support and I confidently recommend her.”
– David Capes PhD, Managing Director of Pathway Biomed Development Pty Ltd

“Thanks you for your thoughtful work in preparing and lodging my Self Managed Superannuation Fund tax return. I also appreciated the excellent advice on the intersection of tax-free income outside superannuation with the commencement of a tax-free pension inside superannuation.
David Lennon has a considerate and thoughtful manner, which makes dealing with him very enjoyable.”
– Wendy Lee

“Alec, I am extremely confident in your company’s ability to look after our company and just wish you were in our office doing the day to day accounts as well. If I had even half the ability to run my company like yours I would be happy. I believe your prices are fair, your service is great, not to mention you go above and beyond which most people are reserved to do for all sorts of reasons. Plus your bedside manner is pleasantly gregarious. I look forward to building our Company to greatness with you.”Andrew Merefield – Apple Box Studio Pty Ltd

“I have known and dealt with Juzer Baliwala since June 2008 as our accountant for Independent Home Loans. Juzer has acted as our primary point of contact for any queries that we have had over the years. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Marsdens, Subiaco predominately due to the service and assistance that Juzer and his team provide us with.

Juzer has also been there under tough times, and having to constantly explain things over and over again during the opening years due to our accounting knowledge being limited. Juzer has also acted as a support mechanism in the tough times and also been there to see the slightly better more prosperous times.

Juzer also deals with our support manager, working with her to assist with BAS lodgement and any other general inquiry such as GST for contractors that crop up during business operations. I sincerely wish Juzer well with his career who always displays his professionalism during any client interaction with us.

One of the most significant skills that we consider Juzer to have is that he actually takes the time to understand our business so that he can help in a much more valued way.

We also find Juzer to be very knowledgeable, professional and always happy to help out with a query or problem that we may have.

I am sincerely looking forward to working with Juzer and the team in taking IHL forward during its current growth phase and also starting from scratch with Turnkey Financial Solutions which we have now recruited a quality financial planner for and signed an agreement with AXA/Charter as our platform dealer group.”James Pibworth-Independent Home Loans

“I have been dealing with Gavin McCarren at MSI Marsdens over the past year and have found him to be totally professional in his manner, always polite, helpful and quick to assist me with all my financial matters. I would not hesitate to recommend hint to anyone who required his services.”Cathy Hewitt

“We have just joined the team at Marsdens this year where Gavin McCarren has been looking after us. After 5 years with a previous accounting group, we have been pleasantly surprised with the professional and personable approach by Marsdens, in particular, Gavin. All our questions have been answered with clear understanding and suggestions made by Gavin, which will guide us into making a better business for our partnership. We believe we have found a better way forward for our business and look forward to a long association with Gavin and Marsdens.”Greg & Betty Hunter: Braidz n Beauty

“I am, pleased to provide a recommendation for Gavin McCarren who has assisted me professionally with my taxation affairs for several years. Gavin has impressed me throughout my dealings with him as professional, reliable and efficient. On a personal level I find him to be extremely personable and helpful. On a number of occasions he has gone to impressive lengths to assist me, often when I have been under time constraints and I have very much appreciated his efforts. I am impressed by Gavin’s prompt responses to my requests for assistance and his diligent follow ups in relation to such queries. I am very satisfied with the professional services rendered by Gavin and would happily recommend him, in strong terms to my colleagues, friends and family.” Christina Valentine

“Gavin I am very happy with the service that you provided for both my wife’s and my tax return and for other services such as locating lost superannuation. Much appreciated.” Arthur Malinauskas

“Marsden’s have proven to be a pleasant surprise and improvement on my previous experiences with financial services. In meeting my personal and business tax planning and accounting requirements Marsden’s have demonstrated an ability to listen to my requirements, explain implications of tax decisions and propose useful alternatives. This partnership approach is one which I find to be both profitable and constructive. As I work in a dynamic industry that can all too often result in changes to plans and work locations Marsden’s flexibility around appointments and meetings underpins timely completion of compliance based tax requirements.” Peter Kerr

“Hi, I am just writing this to let you know how pleased I have been with Gavin’s friendly and professional service in regards to my 2010/2011 tax returns [personal, business and GST]. As far as I am concerned, he could not have been more helpful or informative – no obstacle or query was too much trouble to successfully solve or answer. To the layman, he made understanding the complexities of our tax system almost possible – a feat that I have never had the pleasure of remotely enjoying on many previous occasions. Well done Gavin – greatly appreciated.” Kind regards, Bill, ABORIGINART Indigenous Fine Art Gallery

“I want to acknowledge the outstanding result my husband and I have had utilising the expertise and sound advice provided by Marissa Bennett for our taxation needs. My husband and I have a business, salaried employment, as well as property and we have never had such a positive tax outcome than we have had this year. I have previously tried to do my tax myself and then also used one of the tax franchise places – all of which has cost me many thousands of dollars as I have not been aware of the latest tax information. The benefit of having access to the calibre of staff represented by Marsdens and their professional, quick and thorough approach taken with my family’s tax has ensured a very positive outcome. I wish to thank Marissa Bennett, Director of Business Services in particular for taking care of our portfolio.” – Dr Erica Davison

“I consulted Alec for the purpose of reviewing our licensee prospectus. Quite frankly Alec tore it apart. While this may have offended some people, it was just what I needed to hear.
One of the standard remarks Alec made time and time again was “what’s in it for me?” and this is something we had not considered.
The result – we sold another license within 2 weeks of editing the document –
can’t argue with that.
I would highly recommend Alec if you need help with business strategy or simply need an opinion from an honest and experienced business person.”
– Gareth Lane, Director/Licensor Concise Creative

“I would like to convey my appreciation and gratitude to Darren for the time he dedicated to me yesterday explaining and demonstrating the financial implications for our business and also for the extra explanations of the finer calculations of the accounting systems. It was a most informative and rewarding session.
I am in approbation of your expertise and knowledge of the whole accounting system and the tax implications. I appreciated your input and suggestions without you disregarding our own planning and objectives. Thank you for taking the time to explain the details and consequence of these tax implications.
I would also like to express my appreciation to the Marsdens team for the work they have done in providing the best financial outcome for our company and personal financial needs.
I have no hesitation in recommending your expert services to others.”
– Raelene Pitter, G & R Transport

“I am glad to have Rosie Wang as my dedicated accountant at Marsdens. Her service is top class and she is always happy to help. I would recommend her to anyone”
Denis O’Connor

“Thank you for preparing our tax returns, both personal and our superannuation. Once again, they were very well presented and easy to understand. Your forward thinking and preparation made for a very short turnaround time. Your thoughts on some changes to our Superannuation Fund were very helpful, along with the Binding Death Benefit forms, issues that we had not contemplated. We feel very comfortable with you and your staff who create a pleasant and relax manner.”
– Graeme & Beryl Mackenzie

“We have used the services of Marsdens since the inception of our company, Wesglo Electric. We receive a truly personal experience from Alec, Gavin and the Marsdens team, where the needs of our growing company are met every step of the way.
As a small business, we rely heavily on the expertise at Marsdens and are provided with an efficient, supportive and trusted service – overall making business with the team an absolute pleasure.”
– Amanda Lawson, Wesglo Electric

“Alec has enabled me to ask, and answer some hard and very important questions about who we are, what we do and what that means for our clients (and prospective clients). He has gone above and beyond for us, proving insight that makes implementing strategic changes worthwhile and beneficial”
– Shaun Miller, Managing Director of Bowman Bureau

“I have just recently become a client of your office working with Darren Taylor. My wife, as you can imagine in any other household, has the most influence over our financials. She’s very difficult to win over.
Your company was referred to me and I must commend you on the staff and quality of service provided to me and my wife.
Having now met and dealt with Darren Taylor on a few occasions, she is so comfortable and confident in with dealing with your offices. I cannot express how this has made my life easier around tax time.
The knowledge possessed by Darren definitely displays the high calibre resources you have working in your organisation. He highlighted new expenses that were tax deductible of which we were unaware of despite having our tax returns being processed for the last few years by allegedly qualified tax agents. This has maximised our tax return.
For the first time in my 11 year working life in Australia, we get a substantial tax refund. And it’s all due to the diligence and quality of your Darren Taylor.
Many thanks and trust this will be the start of a fruitful relationship between us. I will most definitely recommend your company to others and will vouch for the services received from Marsdens.”
– Craig Dewee

“Thank you very much for completing the tax returns and financial statements for the past year. I have found your service to be efficient. Andrew Palioudakis is commended for being available, often at short notice, to deal with matters in a very professional way.”
Deon de Druin, Diamond Indicator Minerals Pty Ltd

“Thank you for your recent assistance in finalising our 2010/11 tax returns. I would like to point out that we continue to enjoy our “user experience” with Marsdens and have been impressed with the level of customer service and efficiency that we have received – certainly making it worthwhile making “the switch”. We would like to give a special mention to Darren Taylor and Rosie Wang for both working on our files.”
Brett Costello

“We are really happy with the level of service provided by Gavin. He is very approachable and professional, and our tax was dealt with extremely quickly. I am also really happy with your correspondence; any emails we sent were answered quickly. As previously mentioned, I am very grateful for the time you spent preparing our Centrelink eligibility because it meant that we were able to receive the baby bonus.”
– Shannon & Grant Atkinson

“Thank you to the Marsdens Team for the fastest turn around in 12 years, well done”
– Tim Viljeon & Myra Lydon

“I am please to write a testimonial for you in appreciation for the work you have done for me and my family.
Your personalised approach and interest means you work closely with the client gauging a true understanding of their needs and requirements. This means you have become an important person in the management of our financial affairs.
Thank you for all your assistance and we look forward to working with you in the future.”
– Heather Zampatti

“After dealing with your firm for over 20 years I thought it was time that I wrote to express my thanks for the continuing excellent service that I and my wife, Chris, receive from you and your staff.
While there have been come changes over this time my connection with your people has always been efficient, professional and friendly. I would like to make special mention of David Lennon who has been outstanding in his service to use. Roz Hartley too has been very efficient and friendly over many years.
Also, important to us has been the way in which explanations have been provided addressing complex problems and their solutions for our Company.
Our current posing overseas exacerbates communications between us to a degree but these are resolved quickly and to our satisfaction.
All of this adds up to a very good relationship between Marsdens and ourselves and we will be happy to recommend your Company to our friends and colleagues.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your staff all the best in the future.”
– Alan Barnett, Manager of Chris Barnett & Associates

“Working with Alec and David at Marsdens gives us the strategic and dynamic advice to support our business. We enjoy the proactive assistance they provide that is focussed on designing solutions which are consistent with our objectives.
They have helped us in numerous ways and are practical and commercial in their approach, and are always prepared to offer us opinions.
We would not hesitate to recommend them to any company or individual that requires a forward thinking approach to their accounting needs.”
– Daniel White, Director of Danmar Homes Pty Ltd

“I have been a client of Marsdens for many years now. The introduction of Alec and David into the firm, has brought a fresh approach to how my business and taxation  needs are being handled.
I will continue to recommend the team of Marsdens for any business that wants to proactively partner with their advisor for results.
The “Live Action Plan” they have developed provides real focus for all of the projects and outcomes we are working on.”
– Graham Wilshaw, Principal at Wilshaw Engineering

“Alec and his staff helped me make the most of my tax return and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone in the arts or media industry.
My business partner and I also met with him regarding the new business we are hoping to set up. Alec offered some straight talking and honest advice that came with great solutions. We look forward to Marsdens helping us with further business strategies in the future!”
– Kate Separovich, Business Owner

“Just a short email to thank you for your time today and to let you know how useful I found our session not just for now but also for the future.  It has certainly focussed me on next financial year and achieving our goals and targets.
I fully understand your advice after having it explained in plain English with clear benefits to both myself personally and to Sage Financial Solutions.  Again thank you for this clarity.
It is worth noting that accountants meetings are usually not the most interesting events to attend, however I believe from my point of view it is about personalities.  It is clear that I respond well to you and this is so important for us to continue to grow as a relationship.  This is also a credit to you mate as well as you had made today quite interesting and vibrant.”
– James Pibworth, Director of Sage Financial Solutions Pty Ltd

“I am truly happy with all the services I have received from Marsdens.
From reception (Sam & Roz) to Alec and Darren, the work within is outstanding.”
– Graeme Ireland

“I am writing to express my gratitude to you for the assistance, advice and guidance you have provided to Rachel & me over the past 12-18 months.
We have been very happy with the personal service that we have received.
You have been a great help with all our accounting needs and have also offered your assistance with several other issues that we needed advice on.
Often you have gone beyond the call of duty to assist us which has been very much appreciated.
We look forward to continuing a long and beneficial relationship for many years to come.
– Nic & Rachel Lange, Galleria Podiatry

“I first can to Marsdens seeking advice on a number of issues in relation to my business.
Not only did Alec have the answers I sought but also had a wealth of knowledge in areas very specific to my industry. I later found that if Alec was unable to provide an answer wither one of his office colleagues or someone within the MSI Global Network would have one, usually within a matter of hours.
Unlike most other accounting/financial firms, Alec and Marsdens were not just interested in their fee for managing my accounts but were (more importantly) interested in helping my business grow, opening new avenues I previously hadn’t contemplated in it’s growth and development.
I now look at Marsdens not as a company I do business with but rather as business partner.”
– Brad Major, CEO/Director of Mantodea Studios Pty Ltd

“I would like to express my gratitude for the professional manner your staff prepared my family tax returns this last financial year. The process was very efficient, convenient and was completed with minimum of fuss. Your accessing of ATO data to recover group certificated after they were lost in shifting and advice on depreciation schedules for my rental properties was particularly helpful.
Can you please pass my special thanks to David Lennon for his attention to detail and explanations on all those tax quirks I did not understand.”
– Bob Lamont-Smith

“Just a quick note to you, Darren and Alec, to thank you both and your staff for your expert financial advice and preparation of our taxation returns this year. We now feel we can confidently look forward to growing our business with the knowledge that we have the professional services of Marsdens at our disposal.”
– Bill & Vicki Highes

“Thank you to Gavin and the Marsden’s team for your advice and prompt service over the last year. It has been fantiastic and I look forward to continuing our relationship in the future. It is good to know that I have the support there whenever I need.
By the way, thanks for coming to the China Blue Experiment EP Launch. Your support is greatly appreciated.”
– Darren, West Coast Entertainment

“We have been dealing with Marsdens for over 12 years. We find them helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and they care for all of our financial requirements. We would recommend them to any prospective business, small or large.”
Alan Dodson, Managing Director of the Holiday Planet Group

“Alec has enabled me to ask, and answer, some hard and very important questions about who we are, what we do and what that means for our clients (and prospective clients). He has gone above and beyond for us and provided insight that makes implementing strategic changes worthwhile and beneficial.”