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Professional Services

With more than 135 years supporting professional service firms, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist accounting, audit, compliance, tax and business advisory services to help our clients achieve a commercial edge now, whilst preparing for the future. After all, we’re a firm of partners in practice ourselves, so we have a deep understanding of the unique issues, challenges and opportunities of owning, working within and managing a successful professional practice.

We support leading practitioners from many disciplines, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects, engineers, recruitment and business consultants, as well as estate and letting agents. Our specialists have considerable experience of how partnerships operate, the market conditions they face and the individual challenges facing partners at all stages of their career. We offer clients our commercial sense and insight to help balance the needs of the practice with the personal aspirations of individuals.  

Many team members have served on the management board of MHA MacIntyre Hudson and can draw upon their personal knowledge of running a professional services firm. All our services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client and are delivered with professionalism and integrity. 

Accounting and advisory for professional practices

Our specialist accounting, business advisory and tax services for partnerships include:

  • Ensuring compliance with the SRA Accounts Rules and outcomes-focused regulations (OFR) for legal firms
  • Client money audits, ensuring compliance with RICS, ARLA, ARMA
  • Partnership tax planning, particularly around business structures, capital adequacy and drawings policies, and remuneration and rewards
  • Personal tax services, from managing tax returns to complex wealth management for partners
  • Organisational structures guidance; deciding on the most tax-efficient structure, including LLP conversions, limited companies and Alternative Business Structures (ABSs)
  • Risk management; developing and improving risk management structures or conducting internal audits or controls reviews
  • Financial stability; improving profitability and cash flow, and managing WIP and debtor recovery
  • Expert witness and forensic reviews to support litigation
  • Corporate finance, whether you’re consolidating, diversifying or reviewing acquisition and funding options
  • Succession planning, forecasting and modelling
  • Strategic planning and partnership mentoring to help you build a more profitable and efficient firm
  • Cross-border growth advisory, to support overseas expansion plans
  • Outsourcing services 
  • HR solutions
  • Financial training and development 

Our work in North America and Europe, coupled with our global connections through Baker Tilly International, both give us experience of cross-border issues and access to a professional network abroad.

Personal Tax Services

At MHA MacIntyre Hudson, our typical personal tax services for partners and documentation required is shown here.  

Get in touch to see how we can help your practice to grow.

Key contact

Head of Professional Services, Partner
Kate Arnott
+44 (0)1494 441 226

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Meet the team

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Sarah Donnelly

Audit & Accounts Manager

Sarah joined the Bedford office in 2011 as part of the school leaver programme.  Since joining, Sarah has gained her AAT and ACCA qualifications and was promoted to manager in October 2019
 
During her time at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Sarah has worked on a variety of assignments and sectors. In addition to statutory audit and accounts, Sarah has worked with many companies supporting, and often running the finance function. Client projects include, streamlining and improving monthly management reporting, acting as quasi-financial controller, and advising and  implementing new financial software and cloud accounting packages. 
 
Sarah acts for numerous clients in both the corporate and not-for-profit entities assisting with their business needs.
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Adam Young

Head of Transport & Logistics, Partner

Adam is keenly focused on the success of the clients that he looks after and gives whatever input is required to help them reach their goals.

Operating from the "full service" Northampton office, he can build a team to support clients needs however diverse or demanding. With a client list growing by direct referral, he is always pleased to build fresh relationships.

His background is predominantly advising owner managers, but also acts for many foreign owned groups. His portfolio has broad sector coverage, including Transport, Engineering, Legal, many of which are fast growing.

Adam provides an outsourced accounting function for a growing number of his clients.

He lives locally to the office with his young family and likes to spend his spare time with family and friends, maybe supporting The Saints or England rugby.

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Stuart Manning

Partner

As Senior Partner with over 25 year’s experience of advising clients, this has given Stuart the confidence and experience to deal with many complex and difficult situations. Helping hard working clients reward themselves plays an important part in Stuart’s strategy as is helping his owner- managed clients grow and develop their businesses.

With a reputation for driving business forward and identifying areas to maximise company wealth, Stuart’s clients continuously profit from his tenacious and energetic approach to business.  Constantly looking at “the bottom line” and the cash requirements has helped to turn around a number of businesses, resulting in clients being able to achieve their commercial and family goals and ambitions.

In addition he is a fully trained Lexcel Consultant and is an active member of the firm’s Legal Sector group.  With the advent of Academies, Stuart has been able to use his extensive knowledge regarding education, gained from the Grant Maintained initiative of the 1990’s, to advise schools and help make their transition to Academy status a seamless process.

Stuart has a keen interest in Cloud Accounting and Technology Sectors, advising clients on the best way forward using the various software packages and Apps available.

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Neil Stern

Partner

Neil joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2006 and through hard work and determination quickly progressed to become a Partner in our North London office in April 2013.

Drawing on his experience working within a large, diverse portfolio, Neil advises his clients on all aspects of compliance, with a strong element of proactive and strategic business advice.

He is responsible for reviewing and running the SAR audits for law firm clients and has gained in depth knowledge of how professional practices operate.

Neil is the Head of the firm’s Business Strategy Group and is a member of Mindshop. His focus is in helping businesses develop and guiding them to reach their full potential.

Neil’s creative side is demonstrated through his hobbies as he is a keen drummer, hand makes guitars and is a fitness enthusiast who is a qualified fitness consultant and sports therapist.

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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

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