The restrictions and distancing measures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a steep learning curve for all of us, forcing us to change the way we run our business and support those in need of our advice.

The uncertainty pervading the current situation has understandably left many people confused and somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of information out there. Navigating this and understanding exactly what you are eligible for and the support that you can access can be complex, but we are here to help. We have launched a comprehensive COVID-19 support hub which covers the various schemes and can be accessed by clicking here.

We also understand that planning ahead and maximising cash is vitally important at this time, there will be tough times to come and most likely tax rises to pay for it –  businesses and family assets and succession need to be protected as much as possible.  We will therefore be offering a limited number of one-to-one consultations with one of our experts, who can provide you with advice, guidance and most importantly reassurance during the present situation.

Each session will be limited to 20 minutes but will provide you with ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have and ease any concerns.

Our experts

James Bagley, Managing Partner 

Working with you to deliver practical and astute advice that drives your business forward and aligns with your personal and commercial aspirations.

James has extensive experience advising a broad range of privately owned companies. His focus is on helping them to develop and implement their corporate strategy, spanning acquisition, merger, integration, restructuring, refinancing, and sale to realise equity value.

David Nelson, Senior Partner 

As the business landscape undergoes immense change, now is the time to take an in-depth look at your business operations and strategy.

David specialises in providing advice and commercial solutions on matters ranging from fundraising to developing business strategy and looking at acquisition targets. David can give you the truly independent view of your business that you sometimes crave. He prides himself on being objective and providing boardroom-level support and actions to help business owners assess, plan and execute their business strategy.

Catherine Desmond, Landed Estates Partner

Have you assessed your overall financial position, reviewed or revised your personal financial plans, or considered the reliefs and other tax opportunities available to you during this period of uncertainty? Doing so is more important than ever and will help you to not only plan for the future, but also to guard against the unknown.

Private Client and Agricultural Estates Partner Catherine looks after a broad client base, from landed estates and farms to owners of family businesses. Offering a holistic approach to financial planning and tax affairs, Catherine puts the needs of clients and their families at the forefront of her approach and is always keen to look at the long term outlook for capital taxes as well as short term asset preservation.

Click here to read more about Catherine.

Richard Stanley, Tax Partner

Are you struggling with cash flow during this period of economic unrest? Richard Stanley is on hand to provide advice about the many tax reliefs and allowances which may help you during this time where cash is all important.

Tax Advisory and Compliance Partner Richard focuses on tax-planning and general advice for businesses and individuals as well as core compliance work. He provides advice on a range of issues from adherence to tax law, company reorganisations to corporate structures, shareholder disputes to inheritance tax, through to all aspects of personal tax-planning.

Click here to read more about Richard.

Gavin West, Head of VAT and Indirect Taxes

Concerned about your VAT liabilities? Do you have a project planned that might have VAT implications? There are many types of help and support that are available which may help from a VAT perspective during the COVID-19 outbreak, we can also help with longer term issues and projects that VAT can play an important part in.

Smith Cooper’s Head of VAT and Indirect Taxes division, Gavin has extensive experience dealing with VAT and other indirect tax issues from all perspectives. From compliance reporting and in-depth process reviews, to general consultancy and advice on transactions, Gavin and the wider VAT team provide bespoke services, tailored to meet individual requirements.

Click here to read more about Gavin.

Gary Devonshire, Tax Director

Does your business conduct Research and Development (R&D) activities? If so, you may be eligible for R&D tax credits, a valuable tax relief that can generate significant cash repayments from HMRC for SME’s and large corporates. This can be a valuable asset to help offset lost revenue by introducing cash into your business.

With over 20 years’ experience advising Corporates on all aspects of UK tax, Gary can help to ensure all available reliefs and allowances are secured, helping businesses achieve their objectives in the most tax-efficient manner. As well as Corporation Tax, Gary specialise in R&D Tax Credits, Capital Allowances and Patent Box.

Click here to read more about Gary.

Laura Parr, Head of Employment Tax

Do you have concerns regarding furloughing? Are you concerned about employee benefit schemes that are currently in place or looking for ways to efficiently incentivise key staff to stay? If you have any questions regarding Employment Tax issues, Laura is on hand to advise.

Laura provides a comprehensive range of advisory and consulting services in relation to specific Employment Tax issues, tailored specifically to individual clients. By effectively managing potential risk areas, identifying possible savings from the costs of employment and helping clients structure their employment tax affairs, Laura helps clients achieve maximum savings for their business.

Click here to read more about Laura.


What we need from you

So that we can easily and efficiently identify the support that you require, we will need:

  • Your name
  • Your sector/industry
  • The nature of your query
  • How you would like the session to take place (telephone or video call – no software is required – just a webcam facility)
  • Your contact details

Please register your interest below for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experts.

If the support that you require is not covered by the experts listed about, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will endeavour to help as much as we can. We offer a full range of services, including accountancy, tax, corporate finance and business recovery, plus additional specialist services such as strategic business advice, employment tax, payroll, HR, IT support and more.