History

Experiments & Experience

“I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison knew the value of learning from past experience. In business, you might not always get it right first time if you’re just feeling your way in the dark. As a modern firm with heritage, we’ve had plenty of ‘light bulb moments’ over the past 35 plus years. We know it is the things we have learned from the past that keep us focused on the future.

Servicing Christchurch & the Canterbury Region since 1980

O’Connell & Co began as McPhail & Co in Christchurch in the early 1980s, providing services predominantly to rural clients. In 2009, Len Brigden and Stephen O’Connell acquired the practice and began to grow the firm’s reputation for providing an astute and valuable service. 2013 saw the firm enlarge yet again with a merger with the accounting firm of Alan Townley Chartered Accountant.

Now we have evolved into O'Connell & Co, simplifying our name as we expand our service offering.

We partner with a range of clients in the rural, commercial, business and investment sectors. With our increased number of directors and staff, O’Connell & Co is able to offer assistance in not only accounting and taxation services, but a range of advisory services, including succession planning, business acquisitions and investments, accounting software advice and business and property finance.