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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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Gavin Davis

Partner

Gavin joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in June 2018 and is the Partner who leads our Technology Advisory Services practice. He joined the firm from BDO LLP where he led the technology consultancy practice for more than five years. Gavin has more than 35 years of experience in the IT industry and, besides running his own IT consultancy business for ten years, has worked for some of the worlds largest IT companies including; Fujitsu, Dell, Capita, Ricoh and Atos.

As well as a formal training in Electronic Engineering, Gavin holds several industry qualifications including; MCSE, PRINCE2, ITIL and CISM. In previous roles Gavin has developed global IT consulting methodologies, delivered (and recovered) several large high-profile IT projects as well as managing large teams of consultants, engineers and project managers.

Technology Advisory Services provides a range of services to support business in the mid-market. In these businesses it is not uncommon to find the Finance Director (or other senior board member) responsible for IT. Gavin calls them “The Quasi IT Director” ® and typically they become reliant on junior IT staff or third-party IT support companies for strategic advice, which may not always be in the best interest of the company.

Gavin and his team are completely independent and can provide advice that is based around your business and specific requirements. Typical services include:

  • IT reviews to identify areas where IT might be causing issue around the business
  • Strategic IT advice, to help get the best out of your IT, both now and in the future
  • Application procurement support (specification and selection) and,
  • Outsource IT director services.

Gavin also supports the MHA MacIntyre Hudson Corporate Finance Mergers and Acquisitions teams by providing IT due diligence on both the buy and sell side.

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Kate Arnott

Head of Professional Services, Partner

Kate has a wide ranging portfolio of clients and enjoys advising on a variety of matters affecting businesses, from audit and accounting issues to budgeting and strategic planning.

Many of her clients have directly benefited from the emphasis she puts on planning for growth and profitability. 

Dispelling the myth that auditing is primarily a matter of number crunching, Kate ensures she understands her clients business as a whole and makes sure the information gathered from the auditing process adds value to its future direction, and will always take the time to ensure all parties understand what the figures are telling them.

As well as working with commercial clients, Kate is Head of the firms Professional Practices sector, leading a team of Partners due to her specialist understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities faced by Professional Practices as well as her experience advising solicitors and law firms on SAR requirements and LLP structures.

Kate is also a leading member of our Manufacturing & Engineering sector, acting for both owner managed SMEs and global businesses with international interests in the sector, due to her experience and understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities they face.

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Paul Davis

Partner

Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 before moving to Deloitte Haskins and Sells.

He joined MacIntyre Hudson as a Partner in January 2009, having previously held the role of Managing Partner at a well known specialist corporate recovery firm.

Paul focuses on both corporate and personal insolvency work, and has carried out many solvent liquidations, including financial and monitoring, pre-lending, general business and solvency reviews of a wide range of businesses. He promotes turnaround and business rescue, and advises on the sale of businesses.

His specialisms include: construction, manufacturing, retail, leisure, engineering, professional services, health, asset tracing, travel and tourism and property.

Paul Davis is licensed to act as an insolvency practitioner in the UK by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

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Richard Abbott

Insurance Broker

Richard is an Account Director at Insurance Services Surrey, appointed by MHA MacIntyre Hudson to look after the insurance needs of SME’s, Corporates, Not-for-Profit entities and Private Clients since 2012. He can be found at the Reading office on a weekly basis.

Richard has a wealth of experience and expertise dealing with corporate and commercial clients having worked for both national and local insurance brokers. He has an extensive network of insurers with whom he is able to place risks. As a client relationship manager, he looks after a broad range of customers from many industries and professions.

His business philosophy is that customers always come first, thus making sure their businesses are adequately protected his main priority. Richard is an keen racquet ball and squash player and cyclist when time allows.

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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

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