My contact is with Hilary Farish. Her work regarding my income tax and the helpful and kindly way in which she has dealt with my queries and my tax affairs which were complicated this year because of the death of my husband, have been greatly appreciated.
Daryl Warwick acted as liquidator for one of the University’s subsidiaries which had ceased trading. Daryl provided a clear timeline and prompt and tailored advice along the way. It was particularly useful to have him attend board meetings as it gave the Directors clarity on the process that was being followed and confidence in what was being proposed.
Andrew Heron, Deputy Director of Finance, University of Cumbria
Andy's knowledge of the legal sector is phenomenal and his in-depth understanding of the issues being faced by lawyers at this time of unprecedented change is undoubtedly of huge help to his clients. He can identify ways of structuring a legal business so as to operate within the confines of a highly regulated environment but whilst making it more effective and more profitable. He is also personable and presents informative and engaging training sessions - which are not always qualities that can be attributed to accountants!
Natalie Saunders, Managing Director, Pharos Legal
Having worked with David on a number of capital allowance cases over the last year, I would like to say that his technical knowledge of the tax rules with regards to capital allowance claims is second to none. David's attention to detail and expertise has enabled Bushell Raven and Armstrong Watson to work together as a team to produce some extremely cost beneficial results for clients.
Whether the premises is a holiday park, offices, pub or hotel, David's specialist knowledge of the qualifying expenditure allowances for each category has been invaluable to us when preparing the capital allowance surveys and reports, sometimes working to very tight tax submission deadlines.
We look forward to working with David in partnership again in the near future.
Gary Bushell FRICS, MAE, Managing Director, Bushell Raven Limited
We are a leading UK manufacturer based in West Yorkshire, we undertake research and development to produce environmentally friendly and innovative protective packaging solutions.
Armstrong Watson advised us on the potential for making a claim for R&D expenditure and Steve Holmes guided us through the entire process. Steve’s friendly, proactive approach, sound advice and in-depth knowledge of a complex tax area, secured a considerable reduction in our corporation tax bill. I would recommend Steve’s services to anyone who might be in a position to claim R&D tax relief.
Andrew Corney, Financial Director, Custompac Limited
We were involved in carrying out the refurbishment of several existing warehouse buildings on the site which were clad in asbestos sheeting and we intended to replace the covering with modern materials.
When it was pointed out to Armstrong Watson that these buildings were being redeveloped and they had contained asbestos, they suggested submitting a land remediation relief claim to cover the cost of removing the asbestos and the replacement materials.
Because of the extensive nature of the redevelopment work a claim was submitted to HMRC which led to a corporation tax saving of £208,000. HMRC enquired into the relevant tax return. However, after a robust defence of the claim by Armstrong Watson and a site visit by HMRC, the claim was accepted in full.
This opportunity has led us to refurbishing five buildings on the site retaining the previous structure and providing good quality warehouse space at a competitive price. Without this happening the buildings would likely have remained in their previous dilapidated condition and would have eventually been demolished.
A W Goddard, Chief Executive Officer, Kingmoor Park Properties Limited
Our Capital Allowance Claim couldn't have been easier. We were pushed for time to get the report written and submitted but Armstrong Watson were extremely efficient and came out to see us and got the ball rolling immediately to ensure we met the deadline. An excellent result from excellent service with very little input required from our end, we couldn't be more pleased.
Sally Schrieber, Assistant to the Director, Cuckoo Brow Limited
We turned to Armstrong Watson for advice about a recent property transaction. Our situation was complex as my husband works abroad. The advice we received was thorough, timely and ultimately very beneficial to us. Armstrong Watson was extremely professional and we would not hesitate to come back for financial advice in the future.
Caroline and Alan Macdonald
As our auditors and business advisors, David and the team have acted for us for over ten years. They have a common sense approach, speak our language and are only ever a phone call away.
Stephen Widdows, Director, DJH Engineering
I’d like to say again how much I have appreciated the help and advice I’ve received from both David Squire and you. My wife will attest to the fact that I don’t often come off the phone after a “business” conversation in quite such a positive spirit – if there were such a thing as an Academy of Good Telephone Practice, I think it could learn from your exemplary ways!