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Construction & Real Estate

Construction is one of the UK’s largest sectors, but it is also one of the most complicated. Our detailed knowledge of this evolving sector combined with our specialist skills make us the ideal partner to help you navigate its complexities.

Understanding the complexities

At MHA MacIntyre Hudson, our work with a wide range of clients across this fundamental sector has helped us to build a deep understanding of the maze of regulations and the myriad of uncertainties and risks faced by construction businesses every day.

Our specialist team of accountants for the construction industry work with a plethora of commercial and residential developers, contractors and sub-contractors, civil engineers, surveyors and professional services firms. The breadth of our work has meant our knowledge and understanding of this sector is firmly cemented and we can offer our clients advice for their business whatever the requirements and circumstances not just for today but for the future.

With construction accounting and financial management at our core, we guide businesses from start-up all the way through to exit planning, as well as advising on growth strategies and on how to survive a changing economy and an uncertain future.

Accounting for construction companies

As construction accountants, we know businesses in the sector face an ever-increasing threat of investigation by HM Revenue & Customs. It is common for the public body to impose financial settlements dating back several years to collect tax, national insurance, interest and penalties on any errors that are discovered.

We understand that can be a daunting prospect for any company, but our team of specialists can work with your business to ensure it is compliant with its tax obligations, as well as offering advice on areas such as capital gains tax and VAT consultancy, including negotiations with HMRC.

Alongside these core audit and accountancy services, our highly experienced construction accounting team can also offer advice on:

  • R&D tax credits on innovative construction methods
  • Fundraising for developers
  • Reporting on individual construction projects – from start to finish
  • Land remediation tax reliefs
  • Corporate tax structure to optimise reliefs and risk management
  • VAT consultancy, including negotiations with HMRC
  • Construction Industry Scheme compliance reviews and advice
  • IR35 - engagement of workers and employment tax issues
  • PAYE compliance with health checks on benefits and expenses
  • Profit extraction
  • Corporate finance advice, including for mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Strategic planning to help you get your business to where you want it to be
  • Expert witness for construction litigation

Specialist real estate accounting services

MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s experienced team of real estate advisers are immersed in this sector and have a deep understanding of how quickly it is evolving to meet the needs of today’s customers.

Our specialist property accountants and advisory team understand the importance of timely, yet innovative advice that will help property and real estate businesses to weather any storm.

We offer a range of audit and advisory services centered around tax compliance, audit, M&A and liquidation.

Our team have experience in many aspects of real estate including:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Retail
  • Data centres
  • Student accommodation
  • Bonded warehouses
  • House boats

Our team advise on real estate-specific issues and strategies such as:

  • Incorporation of buy-to-let portfolios
  • Fundraising or sourcing finance for property transactions
  • Debt restructuring
  • Utilising Special Purchase Vehicles (SPVs) and entering Joint Ventures (JVs)
  • Structures to minimise taxation levied on development and investment profits
  • VAT - options to tax and property transactions
  • Tax planning for corporate investment
  • Capital allowance optimisation
  • IHT planning on real estate portfolios and long-term investment
  • Utilisation of pension funds for investment
  • Investing in real estate outside the UK

Get in touch

Get in touch to find out how MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s team of specialists in accountancy for the construction and real estate sector can help your business to grow and succeed.

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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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.

Although an audit partner Brendan has led our Construction & Real Estate sector for many years and has built up a wealth of knowledge which he uses as the basis for strategic advice within the sector.

Brendan relishes the opportunity of helping clients to develop, and looking for the opportunities that motivate them to do so.

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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Jay Avraj Bhatti

R&D Tax Manager

Jay joined MHA Macintyre Hudson in May 2019 as an R&D Tax Specialist, with experience in claims covering a wide array of industries and complexity.

Trained as an Aeronautical Engineer, working on various leading-edge Engineering projects ranging from the A380 superjumbo to Wind Turbines. Applies technical and legislative knowledge to structure R&D Tax Claims and other incentives to safely maximise value, and minimise risks, achieving a 0% enquiry rate for over 2000 submitted claims.

Born and raised in Kenya, Jay continues to enjoy wildlife conservation efforts, archaeology and painting.

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Andreas Andreou

Manager

Andreas joined MacIntyre Hudson in August 2012 as a trainee after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Finance, Accounting and Management.

Andreas currently works on a varied and diverse portfolio of clients, specialising in audit and accounts. His clients range from large groups to SMEs and has been heavily involved in the Construction sector since his appointment.

Andreas has built a good rapport with his clients and prides himself on maintaining long standing relationships and adding value at every opportunity.

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Ian Jacobs

Partner

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 endeavours 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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