Construction & Real Estate

One of the largest sectors in the UK, the construction industry is also one of its most complex; there is a maze of regulations, uncertainties and risks to deal with. There’s also the increasing threat of an investigation by HMRC; the public body commonly imposes financial settlements going back several years to collect tax, national insurance, interest and penalties on any errors that they discover.

Our specialist accountants, tax and business advisers truly understand the nature of the construction industry and the challenges you face. We work with a wide range of clients in the construction sector - including commercial and residential developers, contractors, sub-contractors, civil engineers, and architects - guiding a business from start-up, through growth strategies and surviving a changing economy, all the way to exit planning.

Accounting for your properties

Alongside the traditional audit and accountancy services, our specialist construction team can help with sector-specific needs, including:

  • Research and development tax credits on innovative construction methods
  • Fundraising for developers
  • Cash flow management and planning
  • Compliance to ensure you meet tax obligations
  • Capital gains tax advice
  • VAT consultancy, including negotiations with HMRC
  • Construction Industry Scheme compliance reviews and advice
  • Engagement of workers and employment tax issues
  • PAYE health checks to ensure your PAYE, benefits and expenses procedures would stand up to an HMRC investigation
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) advice
  • Making the most of your profits in a tax-efficient manner
  • Corporate finance advice, including for mergers and acquisitions, and disposals
  • Strategic planning to help you get your business to where you want it to be
  • Payroll services

Specialist real estate sector advisory

Our real estate accountants, tax and business advisers understand the pressures on the industry and the importance of timely and innovative advice to ensure you weather the storm. Alongside the services mentioned above, we can help you with real estate-specific advice:

  • Incorporation of buy-to-let portfolios
  • Fundraising or sourcing finance for property transactions, including development
  • Debt restructuring
  • Advice on the use of special purchase vehicles (SPVs) and joint ventures (JVs)
  • Structures to minimise taxation levied on development and investment profits
  • VAT advice on property transactions, including election to tax
  • Land remediation claims
  • Capital allowance reviews, helping you to maximise claims on property acquisitions and developments
  • Tax issues relating to overseas real estate
  • Employment tax issues and status of workers
  • IHT planning on real estate portfolios
  • Joint venture accounting and reporting

Get in touch with us, and let’s talk construction and real estate.

Key contact

Head of Construction & Real Estate, Partner
Brendan Sharkey
+44 (0)20 7429 4100
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Meet the team

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Ian Jacobs


Ian works closely with his owner managed clients in order to understand what makes them and their businesses tick. This helps him to tailor his advice specifically to the individual's own personal and business aspirations. Well known within the local business community and working with a wide variety of companies, Ian endeavors to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit and steer his client’s businesses to their end goal. With a keen eye on his sector specialisms of Transport & Logistics, Healthcare and Property & Construction, Ian is able to provide companies with the in-depth knowledge and advice they require to grow and develop.

Ian has extensive knowledge of the Care Home sector enabling him to advise his clients on the constantly changing regulations and tax incentives available.

As a keen sportsman Ian believes that the same teamwork and competitiveness employed on the sports field can translate to an equally effective strategy for success in business.

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John Coverdale


John joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in March 2008 as an audit partner and acts for a variety of corporate clients including companies involved in construction and real estate, financial services (including FCA regulated companies), media and entertainment (including book and music publishers), professional partnerships,  and the not-for-profit sector.

He has a number of Technology clients, particularly start-ups and growing companies, advising them on a range of issues. He has also assisted with a number of successful Technology Strategy Board applications for funding.

In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and aspiring duathlete.

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Brendan Sharkey

Head of Construction & Real Estate, Partner

With over thirty years dedicated service to MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Brendan has worked with a wide range of businesses including quoted companies, as well as owner managed businesses from a large cross section of sectors. His primary focus is on business assurance where he believes audits should provide value and a platform for good advice.

Brendan's aim is to understand a client's goals and help them achieve them. He believes that everyone is capable of change and the key is to create or uncover the desire to do so. 

Brendan's interests outside work are golf, football (Chelsea), rugby (Saracens) and currently Pilates.

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Andrew Moyser


Andrew is part of the Eastern Region team and specialises in audit, assurance and financial reporting.  Andrew's portfolio includes a number of large international groups with listed parents, as well as UK owner managed businesses.  

Andrew has been at MacIntyre Hudson since 2005 and is the firm’s Audit Compliance Partner and a member of the firm’s Technical Experts Group.  In this role, Andrew ensures the firm’s audit quality as he reviews the firm’s high-profile clients and more complex audits.  Andrew leads the firm’s audit innovation project – responsible for bringing Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence into our audit procedures.

Andrew is also the firm’s Data Protection Officer and heads up the GDPR team. 

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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

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions