We were recently left with a very complex family estate to unravel. 

Helen was able to guide us through the process of IHT submission to HMRC and help unravel a number of complex tax issues in a calm and professional manner.

Helen answered all of our questions promptly and provided clear guidance as to the individual steps we needed to take, making the whole process a lot easier and simpler to deal with.

Helen's work meant we did not have to engage a solicitor to close the estate, thus saving expensive legal costs and time.

Helen also brought in other experts (Trust & Investment Funds) to advise us as and when needed.

At all times we found Helen easy and pleasant to deal with no matter how stressed we were with having to deal with what was essentially an emotional roller coaster ride.

The estate took over two years to close out, but without Helen's support it would still be going on now.

I would recommend Helen and Armstrong Watson without any hesitation or reservation; they are the “go to source” for all financial issues and advice in my opinion.

Phil & Justine Waddington

Thank you for all the work that you have carried out on my behalf and for the careful and thorough way in which you explained to me proceeds that seemed to be totally alien and extremely complicated to me. I really needed that help. I'm delighted that I continued the family connection with Armstrong Watson who my father was with for so many years.

Ursula Chilton

Steve Roberts and James Fry from Armstrong Watson have been my accountants for five years. I find them both very knowledgable in all aspects of the accounting for my dental practice and am appreciative of their patience when explaining the different options open to me .

I would heartily recommend them to any of my dental/medical colleagues.

Rupert Lewis, Myton Park Dental Centre

Outpace are innovative packaging specialists based in Teesside.

Ever since the Patent Box tax relief was first introduced Steven Holmes and I have worked together to make sure that Outpace made the most of this tax relief. Steven worked hard to get to grips with all of the new legislation and how this affected my business. This has resulted in a significant corporation tax saving for my business.

I would recommend Steven to others companies trying to get to grips with the complexities of Patent Box.


Tim Hutchinson, Director, Outspace Limited

I have worked with Matt, Helen, Andrew and Steven at Armstrong Watson over the past three years and it has been a refreshing experience for all involved at Phoenix. There is a real feeling that the team believe in our business and want to help us to succeed. Their approach is collaborative, thorough and friendly and as a result it feels like we are working to the same goals. Their advice is swift and hugely helpful and no problem appears too great for them to deal with. The team at Armstrong Watson have been a real contributing factor in the growth of our business and have assisted our ability to make the necessary changes as the business expands. I would thoroughly recommend Matt and his team to any business seeking a proactive audit and tax team.

Richard Williams, Finance Director, Phoenix

In December 2014, at a meeting held in the offices of our Canadian Accountants, Jill Guthrie and Scott Griffin, of The Renaissance Group, Chartered Accountants, it was decided that we needed to find another accounting firm in Scotland to represent us with our affairs.

Our Canadian Accountants has met representatives of Armstrong Watson at a seminar of an association they were both members of and recommended, after they had spoken to your people, that we meet with them upon our return to Scotland. An appointment was set up to meet with Scott McIver.

Just before Christmas we went to your Dumfries office to meet with Scott and present him with our tax situation. Scott immediately impressed us with his friendly and approachable manner. He was fully prepared for our meeting, knew the facts as presented to him by Jill Guthrie and he dealt with out situation in a professional and knwledgable fashion. He prepared a timetable to conclude out tax issues, monitored the situation carefully and followed up with us appropriately.

We also found the staff at Armstrong Watson to be friendly and welcoming.

We look forward to a continued relationship with your firm.

Mr and Mrs James Wallace, Private Client

To our valued colleagues at Armstrong Watson, Members MSI Global Alliance.

Recently we at The Renaissance Group Chartered Accountants referred two of our valued long time Canadian clients to Armstrong Watson, members of the MSI Global Alliance. Our clients had some UK filing needs and a lot of concerns in this regard. Our clients were thrilled with the service provided by Armstrong Watson and in particular the helpful proactive care from Scott McIver. They contacted us right after the first meeting and again after the services were complete to express their complete confidence and more importantly, how comfortable they felt with the advice they were getting and felt that someone really cared! From the Renaissance Group perspective, I found Armstrong Watson to be effective, efficient and great team players, thereby making us hero’s for our client.

Thank you to Scott and all the team at Armstrong Watson.

Jill Guthrie, CA, The Renaissance Group Chartered Accountants Ltd

I always find the advice offered by the Armstrong Watson Tax Team to be pragmatic and helpful. The depth of their knowledge impresses, and unlike many advisers, they have the ability to explain their advice to me in language that I can actually understand!

Ian Rodger, Williamson & Henry LLP

Graham Poles, Tax Partner at Armstrong Watson, became involved in the HMRC enquiry into my residency status in April 2011 when it was first listed at the First Tier Tribunal. Graham provided support to us and helped us to build our case in defence of my position. Graham has always been very professional and certainly very knowledgeable in this area. He took the time to understand my position and was always available for me to discuss the case with. The case continued for three years, building toward the tribunal and Graham helped me to set out my witness statement and those of my other witnesses in a coherent fashion so that HMRC withdrew from the hearing just three days before. Since our win, Graham has continued to support us in our case against the Revenue for their administrative mishandling of the case.

Graham has been a great support to myself and my wife during this very testing time and I have considered him someone I could turn to with any issue I face in relation to the enquiry and therefore I would recommend him to anyone because of his professional manner and expert knowledge.

James Watson, Private Client, Dubai

One of the major issues of running an SME is that unless you happen to have the need for and the funds to employ a specialist in every field you are somewhat at the mercy of expert consultancy. The issue sometimes is that clearly the third party are being paid for these services and thus the business owner becomes reliant, in the best possible taste, upon opinion and expertise from non-neutral individuals.

For us, trust is everything; genuinely feeling that we are in partnership with our service providers is absolutely paramount. Having had a poor experience previously we were very cautious when appointing our new partner, Armstrong Watson have not disappointed. Their approach is thorough and personable. Im somewhat of a cynic when it comes to slogans but when they say they are “with you”, they really are. They have also given us specific advice upon decision making at crucial points, they have advised as to the pros and cons and highlighted where the balance of risk lies but ultimately have put a definite pin in the map and given us a specific opinion as to what we should or should not do.  For example, Nigel Holmes (Tax partner) has been very helpful to us and given us his honest opinion regarding some tax planning we had previously undertaken, he tells it like it is whilst maintaining a thoroughly professional stance.

We are very pleased with their professionalism and expert guidance and will continue to use their services and to recommend them to others.

Greg Cooper, CEO, Search Marketing Group

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