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The Managers

Rakesh K ThakkerRakesh K Thakker


Position: Manager 

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Experience & specialist area: Rakesh trained with a two partner firm in Croydon and qualified since joining Sterling in 1998. He has progressed from a semi senior to a senior in charge of the firms audit to a manager. Rakesh now work closely with a partner in looking after a portfolio of clients and has assisted in various due diligence work involving purchase/sale of large investments for various clients. Rakesh has an overall responsible for the smooth running of the practice and assisting with various ad-hoc projects as and when required


Devendra Prasad Kankonkar (Deva)


Position: Audit Partner 

Qualifications: ACA(ICAEW), DISA(ICAI), FCA(ICAI)

Experience & specialist area:  Deva is an accomplished auditor for more than 2 decades, his experience spans over sectors ranging from financial services, properties, health care, hospitality and leisure to telecommunications and trading. He has provided specialist services to clients from California to Singapore. Deva’s mission is to help his clients succeed in global marketplace by exceeding their expectations and delivering value. Prior to joining Sterling, Deva successfully sold financial service assurance practice with other partners to a fortune 500 US company and went on to form a multi-national  outsourcing company (A&C) catering to Elite Banks.

Personal Aim: Foresee business issues and provide timely solutions through industry research and business history.


Mital Patel


Position: Senior Supervisor - Accounts 

Qualifications:  Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Experience & specialist area: Mital joined Sterling in November 2015 with a broad depth of knowledge and experience in audit and accounts. She trained with Sterling and subsequently spent two and a half years working at Sopher & Co where she progressed to Senior Auditor/Accountant before returning to Sterling. Mital works closely with Prakash Jariwala and manages a significant portfolio of clients which includes small and medium enterprises and owner-managed businesses across various industries, and assists with personal tax planning. Her hands-on approach in various areas of accounting enables her to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the accounting function and make recommendations.


Vikit Kothari


Position: Senior Supervisor - Tax 

Qualifications: Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Experience & specialist area: Vikit joined Sterling in June 2015 with vast experience in both audit and tax spectres. He trained with 4 partner firm in West End after qualifying in 2007, and subsequently worked with 2 other niche firms around London. He is well acquainted in meeting the demands required by small to large sized businesses operating in different industry sectors, and assisting them with accounts, taxation matters, audits and financial guidance. He specialises in business planning and all aspects of tax compliance as well as tax enquires and investigations etc.