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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Anthony Brand


Anthony joined MHA in 2018 following the merger of Haines Watts Kent. He has been practising in Kent since 1986 and has a breadth of experience in both the healthcare and owner-managed business sectors.

He focuses on regular hands-on advice to clients to help them set and meet their objectives by identifying opportunities and potential problems.

Golf, gardening, walking and cycling are all interests – just not enough of the time!

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Alex Chrysaphiades


Having joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2015, Alex is responsible for managing a varied client portfolio ranging from property groups, UK components of international groups through to small/medium businesses and general practise clients.  

With over ten years experience, Alex provides invaluable advice to the firm’s diverse range of clients including audit, accounts, corporate and personal tax compliance as well general practice advisory services to these clients. 

Alex’s experience ranges across many sectors including property and construction, travel, schools/Academies, retail, media and marketing clients.

Alex graduated from Middlesex University with a first class degree in Accountancy and won two prizes in the process: the CIMA management accounts and Butterworths’s tax prizes.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with his family and travelling. Alex lived in Cyprus for nine years where he also spent 18 months undertaking his national service.

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Jay Boyce


Jay joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in July 2015 following the merger with Birmingham based MHA Bloomer Heaven.  For over 25 years, Jay has built up a reputation for specialist tax advice to private companies and individuals. He is an experienced corporate financier and provides clients with strategic corporate finance advice, particularly targeted to entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses.  Jay has a particular focus on advising and undertaking tax planning for property developers and investors.

Away from work Jay is a keep fit fanatic and lover of all sports but especially rugby union and cricket. He is also a keen traveller and is embarking on working his way through the major cities of Europe before turning his attention on the Americas.

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Glen Thomas


Glen is an experienced tax professional and has been providing his clients with a broad range of advisory services for 20 years. He has advised on clients of all sizes from owner managed businesses to international groups. His expertise centres on corporation tax and all matters that affect entrepreneurial owner managed businesses.  He also advises on issues concerning tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Glen also advises non domiciled individuals with regard to their UK tax affairs and regularly provides advice to non UK resident trusts concerning the UK tax implications of providing benefits to UK resident beneficiaries as well as holding UK assets.  Much of this work has involved planning to remove residential property from corporate structures after the introduction of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED).

His sector specialisms include property, manufacturing and technology, and retail.  He is of the view that most companies are missing the opportunity to claim the enhanced tax reliefs available for Research and Development activities without even knowing it.

Outside of work Glen enjoys spending time with his 2 boys who are beginning to share his enjoyment of sport.

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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

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