History of Whiting & Partners
Whiting & Partners are a firm of general practice chartered accountants, the partners
of which are predominantly members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
On 1 October 1928 the firm
Larking, Larking & Whiting was founded by Roland and Gordon Larking, and Walter Whiting;
with eight staff at Wisbech, March and Bury St. Edmunds. There are few today who can recall
the conditions for those in practice in the twenties, when premiums for articles were the
norm and qualified accountants with experience were on salaries of £300pa in the City. The
profession was still striving to achieve its deserved recognition in the business world
during the most difficult economic conditions. Electronics were unknown and mechanical aids
were only available to the affluent. The ability to cast down the page in pounds, shillings
and pence simultaneously was a required skill; some of us today can still remember casting
telephone books as a preliminary task before being permitted to touch the client's record!
No fewer than 46 members of staff served with the armed forces during
the Second World War; three never to return. Three others were taken prisoner by the
Japanese, as were many who served at the time in the Far East with the famous East Anglian
Regiments of old. Thankfully these three were to return. Their experiences are rarely, if
ever, mentioned and cannot anyhow be expressed in words.
There was a stirring reminder of this time when certain letters that
Walter Whiting sent to staff during the war, but never reached their destination, were
found in a London scrap yard and returned to the firm via Regimental Headquarters in Bury
St. Edmunds in 1990.
After the retirement of both Roland and Gordon Larking in 1968, Walter
Whiting and his partners continued to practice as Whiting & Partners. Walter Whiting
took retirement in 1974 after serving with the firm and its predecessors for 53 years,
but he continued to take an active interest in its progress, his partners and their
families. He died in his beloved Wisbech shortly before his 90th birthday and the firm's
60th anniversary, in 1988. Walter is sadly missed by all who knew him, and in his memory,
his partners endowed a prize in his name for the top East Anglian student in the Final
Strong and consolidated growth now sees a practice with 20 partners and
around 130 staff, based in 8 East Anglian market towns. Traditional accountancy and
tax return compliance work has now been expanded to include many specialisms and niche