Pharma and Life Sciences

The Pharma and Life Science sector is facing significant growth and challenges due to the ever-accelerating advances of science, particularly in a post COVID and post Brexit world, and the demands of the healthcare sector for cost-efficient solutions. Although this means an abundance of opportunities, the landscape they come with demands a requirement for innovation, value for money, speed of delivery, transparency, data, and increasingly complex regulations, all driven by an increasingly challenging healthcare agenda.

It is an undeniably exciting and dynamic sector to be part of within which the UK has a strong track record of scientific and medical advances from  businesses of all sizes, some of whom have gone on to become global entities. At MHA MacIntyre Hudson, a top 15 firm of chartered accountants, we work with clients ranging from the smaller UK based entrepreneurial businesses to large global corporates.

Pharma & Life Sciences Accounting & Consulting

We have extensive experience in working with organisations across the industry, including drug manufacturers, wholesalers, medical technologists and medical device manufacturers. We support our clients who may be experiencing growth and are looking to expand internationally or are facing significant disruption to aspects of their business, doubling down our focus to help them minimise disruption to achieve strategic and growth objectives.

Globally, we support in the region of 500 medical device, pharmaceutical, life science and biotech companies and offer our clients comprehensive industry knowledge and strategic relationships to help companies grow their business  at all stages of the lifecycle – from launch to growth to maturity to exit. We work with stakeholders across the full industry spectrum of the Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences industry.

We can help in the following ways:

  • Providing full range of compliance services such as audit, accounting and tax returns
  • Guidance on accounting issues when using the International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Specifically, revenue recognition and capitalisation of development costs
  • Advising on entering new geographical markets and related cross border issues in conjunction with our Baker Tilly International colleagues where appropriate
  • Tax planning and structuring
  • Supply chain optimisation for tax purposes
  • Guidance on making Research & Development claims and Patent Box incentives
  • HR services, comprising employee incentivisation including share options plans, Global workforce mobility etc
  • Funding for ongoing operations and new product development – access to debt and equity providers
  • Planning for and assistance with execution of mergers and acquisitions, or disposals
  • Payroll and bookkeeping services

As part of our membership of Baker Tilly International we have close links to a large group of consultants based in our North American practice who can advise on wider business and regulatory issues in the sector. More details of their capabilities can be found here.

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Meet the team

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Joe Spencer


Specialising in the Agriculture & Rural Business sector Joe has developed a deep understanding of the challenges facing farming businesses today. He advises clients from small family farms through to larger commercial enterprises on various issues such as diversification projects, business restructuring, succession planning and benchmarking.

His experience within the agricultural sector enables him to offer considered and insightful solutions to sometimes difficult situations. Taking time to understand not only the business structure but also the family dynamics allows Joe to fully appreciate these relationships and to factor these in when suggesting inheritance tax and other succession planning strategies.

Joe is also involved in advising businesses operating within pharmaceutical and life science sectors. In particular, assisting with tax planning and structuring, and providing a full range of compliance services.

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John Rossiter

Director – Indirect Tax

John has over 24 years of experience advising clients on VAT and other indirect tax matters and brings a wealth of experience to the team having worked in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

John works with businesses of all sizes from owner managed to listed multi-nationals in a broad range of industry sectors. He has a particular focus on supply chain and international indirect tax matters, real estate and construction, financial services, and tax risk management. 

A key part of John’s role is to leverage the international expertise that is available to all MHA MacIntyre Hudson clients through the Baker Tilly International network, so no matter where our clients operate or trade, they have access to the professional services and support that they need to succeed.

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Rob Dando

Corporate Finance Partner and Transaction Services Leader

Rob joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson Corporate Finance in April 2020 to lead the Transaction Services team. Rob has over 15 years’ transaction consultancy experience, with considerable knowledge in global markets. He specialises in advising mid-market businesses, corporate clients and financial institutions, in their assessment of acquisitions and divestments, as well as assisting organisations on their journey to initial public offering. Rob’s primary focus is on providing financial due diligence services for M&A transactions.

Rob has extensive deal experience across a variety of industry sectors, deal sizes and on a global basis. He has a particular interest in business services, education, healthcare, technology and transport & logistics sectors.

Rob is a chartered accountant (ACA) and holds the Corporate Finance Qualification (CFQ) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).

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Chris Denning

Corporate and International Tax Partner

Chris has over 27 years of tax experience and joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in January 2013 following the merger with HMT Assurance LLP. He joined HMT in 2008 having previously spent nearly 20 years split between PwC and latterly KPMG.

Chris has provided a comprehensive range of advice and expertise for a range of corporate clients, from entrepreneurially owned start ups to large corporate/ multinationals. This includes advising on, for example, mergers and acquisitions, group restructuring, inbound/outbound expansion, CFC’s, PE’s, shareholder planning, employee incentivisation, transfer pricing strategy and compliance and profit extraction/repatriation.

As well as extensive transactional tax expertise Chris has developed an intuitive understanding of the interaction of taxes in relation to the ongoing provision of tax advice and works very closely with his clients in order that he can proactively identify issues and opportunities for tax planning which can be aligned with commercial goals and activities.

Throughout Chris’ career, he has also developed sector experience in hospitality and real estate.

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