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Our History

The firm now known as MHA MacIntyre Hudson dates back to 1880, though the current name did not appear until 1924 when Robert Hamilton MacIntyre and John Farrer Hudson became partners. But rather than take a detailed walk through the many mergers and acquisitions that led us to this point in the 21st century, let’s take the whistlestop tour.

A founding member of ICAEW

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales is a world-leading membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports more than 147,000 members worldwide. It’s the arbiter of ethical and technical standards in accounting. It was founded in the same year as MacIntyre Hudson, 1880, and our firm - then known as Barnes and Attree - was an original member. We continue to uphold its high standards in our own work.

Top 15 UK accountancy firm

Through almost 150 years of operations, our firm has continued to grow and remain strong. We are consistently named in the top 20 accountancy firm lists, ranked by revenue, despite being relatively small compared to many of the names on the list.

Networks bring strength and depth

We were a founding member of MHA, a national association of independent accountancy firms. MHA member firms are carefully selected and have a strong reputation for excellence and knowledge. We’re also the sole UK member of Baker Tilly International, a global network of independent accountancy and business advisory firms. BTI allows us to draw on internationally-recognised experts in 137 countries.

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Key contact

Partner and Group Chairman
Rakesh Shaunak

Meet the team

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Alastair Kendrick

Director

Alastair Kendrick is well known within the tax world. He spent 20 years in the inland revenue and, whilst an Inspector of Taxes, was involved in all aspects of tax compliance. He left the inland revenue in 1989 and spent 16 years in the big 4 (KPMG and Ernst & Young) before becoming a partner in a smaller tax practice. In 2009 Alastair joined Mazars with joint responsibility for the employer compliance team.

He is considered a leading expert on all aspects of employment tax and is also heavily involved on company car taxation. Alastair advises employers on a wide range of issues from dealing with an employer compliance reviews to helping to introduce flexible benefit/salary sacrifice arrangements. He helps employers consider their company car policy and the level of any cash alternative on a uk and pan European basis.

He was part of the working party on the CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) and was recently involved in representing a number of clients on appeals over the loss of their gross status and for claims against contractors for tax when incorrectly applying for CIS. These appeals have been heard at the first tier tax tribunal.

Alastair is a frequent writer and broadcaster on tax related issues. He is the author of the chapter on Employment Income in the latest edition of the HMRC Investigations Handbook 2014/15 published by Bloomsbury Professional.  He has also written the chapter on company car taxation in the book 'Managing Your Company Car'. 

Outside of work Alastair is keen on sport and is a marathon runner, triathlete and golfer.

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Simon Knibbs

Partner

Simon is a Partner based in our Bedford office working with a wide range of clients in a broad spectrum of industries.

His interests lie in developing close relationships with clients and understanding the activities, ethos and motivations that drive their business. Simon has a proven ability to deliver efficient and effective solutions to reporting matters, whatever the complexity, and is enthusiastic and pro-active in providing practical solutions to all aspects of accounting and financial reporting issues.

In his home life Simon dedicates most of his time to his three young children, watching and playing rugby, and when he can fit it in, spending time with his wife.

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Nigel May

Tax Partner

Nigel has over twenty years experience in offering proactive tax advice to the firm's diverse range of clients.

As both a graduate in law and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Nigel covers a wide spectrum of tax issues, both corporate and personal.

He regularly lectures on a diverse range of taxation matters including: budget commentaries, self assessment and tax and financial planning.

Nigel relishes the problem-solving aspects of advising on taxation issues, seeking to recommend solutions that achieve the best conclusion from both a commercial and a taxation viewpoint.

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Hayley Benn

Business Services & Tax Manager

Hayley joined MacIntyre Hudson in 2015 following the merger of her previous firm. She has over 12 years’ experience working with predominately owner-managed businesses, dealing with accountancy and tax.

One of her specialties is in Business Tax Compliance and Advisory, which has developed from the variety of clients she works with.

Additionally, she is part of our Digital Solutions Team and is focused on how technology and, specifically, how cloud accounting can benefit each business, giving individual advice and assistance.

Hayley’s biggest passion lies in assisting clients to succeed, from strategic planning, to being at the end of the phone for support. She cares about her clients and believes providing the right advice and working together with a client is the key to success.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys running around after her two children, with camping trips and walks along the beach.

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What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector

What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group