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
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
We engaged Andy Poole and his specialist legal sector team at Armstrong Watson as our accountants in 2012, only the second firm of accountants we have used in our 18 year history. We found that their management of the handover of responsibilities from our previous accountants was very smooth and constructive.
In the first year, we have been very satisfied with the level of specialisation which they bring to our sector. Our previous accountants were a top 10 UK firm, but we do not feel that they were able to offer the same depth of advice. Andy’s knowledge of the legal market shines through in his pro-active advice and they have been very keen to help to improve our business.
They have already suggested and implemented a change in our business structure to better suit our commercial needs. This should result in very significant tax efficiencies, even though we have not noticed any real changes to the way we run our practice on a day to day basis. We get on with running our practice and they get on with supporting us.
We are very happy with our decision to appoint Armstrong Watson and we are sure that they will bring on-going benefits to our business going forward.
John Gaunt, Senior Partner, John Gaunt & Partners
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
On recommendation from a fellow partner, who had experienced similar problems to me, I contacted Andy Poole at Armstrong Watson to see if he could assist me with a share valuation in respect of my shareholding in my former legal practice.
Andy and his team were consummate professionals from the outset. Throughout my dealings with them all my enquiries, and those from my legal team, were dealt with very promptly. Following receipt of an initial favourable advice, Andy was instructed to proceed and prepare a detailed valuation for presentation to the appointed expert pursuant to the terms of the Shareholders Agreement. This was a very detailed and meticulous piece of work. It could not fail to impress.
The other parties produced a very slip shod valuation by comparison, and then some fanciful counter arguments by way of response to Andy’s report. These were dealt with in very short order in Andy’s supplemental report.
When the expert’s fair price valuation of my shareholding came through it was within 4% of Andy’s valuation figure.
Quality always shines through and the quality of the work produced by Andy and his team really shone through.
Sincere thanks once again to Andy and his team at Armstrong Watson.
We engaged the services of Andy Poole of Armstrong Watson to assist us with a proposed merger with another solicitors’ practice. We found Andy Poole to be extremely personable and his considerable experience of similar mergers proved invaluable.