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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.

Meet the team

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Marissa Lebeau

Accounts Director

Marissa has a wealth of experience across the sectors but for many years has had many clients in farming, owners of land and trusts. She enjoys engaging with clients discussing family matters, offering guidance and support and along with her tax colleagues advising on tax structures for now and in the future.

Dealing with owner managed businesses is a firm favourite of Marissa’s, looking at family involvement, compliance, raising value and succession planning.

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Chris Barlow

Partner

Chris joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in July 2015 following the merger with Birmingham based MHA Bloomer Heaven. Chris was made a partner at MHA Bloomer Heaven in 2006 and works with owner managed businesses, family owned companies and international groups. Chris deals with a diverse portfolio of clients covering a range of sectors and in particular manufacturing companies and barristers. The firm are patrons of Made in the Midlands, an association of manufacturing and engineering companies, and Chris has been instrumental in developing this over recent years.  Chris is a responsible individual for audit purposes and works closely with his clients to ensure they get the best advice. 

Away from work Chris is a keen musician and was a prize winning pianist, although is now rather out of practice. He enjoys spending time with his family exploring National Trust premises. He is also a member of BNI Apollo where is has previously been chapter director.

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Andrew Bates

Senior Audit Manager

Andrew joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in summer 2020 having worked previously as Audit Manager at a top 6 firm.

He has over 20 years experience in audit, and has a diverse range of clients, both large and small, including those in the not for profit, manufacturing, professional practices, and leisure sectors.

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Frances James

Partner

Frances joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in December 2018 following the merger of the Kent offices of Haines Watts. She was a partner in the previous practice for over 20 years.

She advises owner managed businesses in a number of sectors, including professional services, printing, agriculture and staff recruitment.

Her hobbies include church bellringing, where she assists in training new recruits, and hill walking.

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What they say about us

A team who fully understood our business, our objectives and ultimately a team who we felt we could trust and enjoy working with. Excellent advice throughout the negotiations. Would not hesitate to recommend them. Neil Hollingworth - SRBE Holdings Limited

What they say about us

The whole team are exceedingly knowledgeable and the main benefit of working with MHA MacIntyre Hudson is the reassurance I feel that our business is in safe hands. Hayley Wilson - Fenmarc
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