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Andrew Mitchell’s direct line is one of the few telephone numbers I know by heart. It is a number I dial regularly, whenever I have any question on any aspect of taxation. More often than not he is at his desk and picks up immediately, but if not I never have to wait long for him to return the call. This level of service is important to me.
My company, Brook Taverner Limited, and I have being working with Andrew and the tax team at Armstrong Watson Skipton for close to 20 years now. During this time he has acted and advised on a wide variety of corporate and personal tax issues, from the relatively straightforward to the wildly complicated. At all times his research into the matter in question is very thorough and the advice given is always balanced and sensible. This common sense approach suits me and as a result any decision I have to make then becomes a simple one.
My relationship with Andrew and Armstrong Watson is one that has certainly served me well in the past and will, no doubt, continue to do so for quite a few years to come.
Andrew Booth, Director, Brook Taverner Limited
We were the subject of a serious tax enquiry into both the company and the directors, concerning a fraud, with a real risk of criminal prosecution. The enquiry lasted for almost three years and throughout this period Andrew Mitchell was our rock, providing valuable advice and support to us in a calm and extremely professional manner and eventually negotiated a satisfactory financial settlement with HMRC. I would have no hesitation in recommending Andrew and Armstrong Watson to another client in a similar predicament.
Director, Manufacturing Company
The specialist legal sector team at Armstrong Watson has been instructed by Burnetts Solicitors to prepare the firm’s financial statements, tax returns and SRA Accounts Rules reports as well as the partners’ personal tax returns since 2011. I have been in a joint managing partner position since 1 January 2014 and have worked particularly closely with them since becoming sole managing partner on 1 January 2015. In that time, I have been impressed with their speed of response. When we need something actioned, it is always done within the agreed timetable. That is in part due to their attention to ensure that we provide them with everything that they need in order to help us. Initiatives have been established to ensure that timetables are adhered to and all costs are agreed in advance.
We benefit from their pro-active advice and suggestions; particularly recently regarding our trading structure, law firm alliances and ways to reduce our costs. In addition, they have presented to our people on cross-selling initiatives and improving their understanding of their impact on the success of the firm. They have also offered one to one tax surgeries with each of our partners in order for them to plan their personal affairs, which we will benefit from this year. Their benchmarking analysis of the firm allows us to have strategic conversations with them, and also with my partners internally.
All in all, they help us to improve our business.
Nick Gutteridge, Managing Partner, Burnetts
Having faced a number of approaches from law firms and companies over the years to acquire Pryers, it was important for us to wait patiently for the right opportunity with the right company to forge ahead with. Pure Legal undoubtedly presents that opportunity and I am delighted to get this deal over the line and I look forward to working with Phil and his team.
Thanks to our Accountant, Andy Poole and his team from Armstrong Watson, for their diligent work. We were genuinely impressed with their advice and representation.
Ian Pryer, Managing Partner, Pryers LLP
Pepperells Solicitors are a dynamic and growing law firm founded over 25 years ago, employing over 100 staff in the Humber area. In 2016 we engaged the services of Armstrong Watson’s specialist Legal Sector as we sought to change our business structure to reflect Pepperell’s modern approach to Law. During the process we were introduced to Financial Planning Consultant Justin Rourke, who works as part of the specialist legal sector team.
Justin along with the team has advised us on ensuring the business and its key stakeholders are adequately protected in the event of death or critical illness and continues to guide us through our pension planning including the use of commercial property. Justin is a credit to the firm, I actually enjoy talking with him and look forward to our working relationship continuing to develop.
Ben Pepperell – Chief Executive Officer
“Having worked with Matt, Helen, and Steven at Armstrong Watson over the past few years I have been particularly impressed by their responsiveness and proactivity as well as their breadth of knowledge. They always respond quickly and expertly to queries and are keen to update me when any relevant changes arise.
I really feel that Matt and his team take every step to understand and become a part of my business and have my best interests at heart at all times. They have helped to develop and recruit into my finance team, which will enable my business to grow even further in the long term”
Kevin Towers, Pinnacle Enterprises
I have been with Armstrong Watson for many years and John Booth has been the partner responsible for my business. As the business has grown I needed more specialist advice and John and his team have always been able to provide me with solutions to any issues I have experienced. Naturally they are more than competent with the preparation of accounts but the bonus for me has always been their tax advice. They are proactive with their recommendations and I have been able to plan for the future rather than just looking at the past performance. On a personal level John and his team are very approachable and explain everything in clear terms.
Stuart Rivers, Stuart Rivers Associates, Harrogate
Armstrong Watson provided a refreshing approach to the accounts review meeting, with the benchmarking report proving especially useful
Tim Berg, Partner, Short Richardson & Forth LLP
Armstrong Watson has been providing IBISWorld with audit services since we began operations in the UK in 2010. More recently we have also engaged them to assist with our tax services. Our experience throughout the relationship has been that of a very professional organization that provides a high level of expertise and comfort to ensure confidence in the end product. Matthew, Helen and Zoe are responsive and personable, further making Armstrong Watson a pleasure to work with
Jody Scott, Global Finance Manager, IbisWorld
Having appointed Armstrong Watson to prepare our SRA Accounts Rules reports, we have been extremely impressed with the manner in which they arranged the transfer of responsibilities from our previous accountants. Their specialist legal sector team has been very easy to deal with and they have provided practical solutions to issues, based on experience. The whole process has been unbelievably smooth and we are delighted with the decision that we have made.
Shru Morris, Finance Director, Napthens LLP
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