Given that a huge part of the Scottish economy is either directly related to the property and construction sector or is affected by it, it is vital that the sector has access to sound financial and business advice to help it address its present challenges and prepare for future prosperity.
The range of challenges confronting the sector include: tightening margins; a shortage of availability of finance; lack of demand from a depressed housing market; changes to planning rules; a reduction in public sector work and an extension of the time lag between the bidding process and a project starting on site.
Yet despite such challenges, property and construction firms with good management teams continue to perform well by building long-term relationships with clients, key suppliers and subcontractors and confronting any dispute resolution matters early and pragmatically.
How we can help you
With a significant number of clients operating within the property and construction sector, we have the experience and expertise available to help management teams through the provision of advice on a range of issues, including assurance, tax, CIS and IR35 matters.
In addition to providing advice on Income and Corporation Tax, our specialist VAT and indirect tax team distinguishes us from our contemporaries. Click here to find out more about our Tax and VAT services.
Our SME clients with no requirement for a full-time in-house finance director, regularly access the full range of our financial and business advice to provide them with the strategic overview and guidance they need. Our Entrepreneurial Services Department can help with the preparation of management accounts, year end accounts and the implementation of accounting systems. We can advise if a full statutory audit is required and our Audit Department can provide this.
Other advice available includes assistance with raising and restructuring finance, including the preparations of financial projections and detailed discussions with banks and other funders. Our Corporate Advisory Department can also offer more strategic advice regarding the acquisition and disposal of businesses.
Domestic Reverse VAT Charge for Building and Construction Services
The new Domestic Reverse VAT Charge for Building and Construction Services (DRC) came into force on 1 March 2021, requiring the recipient of certain services, rather than the supplier, to account for the VAT due to HMRC. Read our recent blog for full details.
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Throughout his extensive career, Barry has worked for HMRC, Arthur Andersen, Coopers and Lybrand and McCabes. He has been a Tax Partner with French Duncan since its merger with McCabes in 2008.
Barry has a wealth of experience in all aspects of tax matters, from corporate to personal and has a particular specialism in maximising capital allowances for clients. Whilst Barry can advise any business on its tax matters, he has particular expertise in the hospitality and property sectors.
He can also advise on tax incentives for investment.
Barry prides himself on taking the initiative to understand his clients’ needs to deliver results.
He enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and continually seeks opportunities which he believes will be to their benefit.
Partner and Head of Personal Tax
Hazel began her training as an Accountant in 1992 and joined French Duncan in 2012 when they merged with Macfarlane Gray. She has specialised in tax for more than 20 years and heads up the personal tax compliance and consultancy team, managing a varied client base of businesses and private clients.
Hazel has previously served as the Scottish President of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants for two years and is currently a member of the Scottish committee.
Hazel’s specialisms include capital taxes planning, personal tax planning including residence matters, advising owner-managed businesses, tax investigations and property taxation. She has particular interest in the construction and agricultural sectors.
Hazel was brought up in a family business and has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding owner-managed firms. She draws on this background when advising on commercial and tax matters.
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Tommy qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1991 with a top national accountancy firm. Having gained broad general practice experience, Tommy joined French Duncan in 2001 and, since then, has progressed to the role of audit Director within the Glasgow office.
Tommy has experience across a number of sectors, working with a range of clients from small and medium sized enterprises and owner-managed businesses to large and listed clients. This includes working with clients operating within the property, manufacturing, hotel and leisure and distribution sectors.
Tommy maintains a close working relationship with his clients, providing practical support and advice and ensuring all statutory reporting requirements are met.
Partner & Head of VAT
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Maria started her career in HMRC over 20 years ago in the Thames Valley, where she was involved in both VAT and Excise and Inland Customs. From there, she returned to Scotland, joining a Big Four practice, specialising in VAT. She spent a number of years with PKF and BDO, prior to joining French Duncan in 2015 as a senior manager.
Having spent more than two decades working in VAT, Maria is experienced in assisting her clients to understand and manage how VAT affects their business.
Maria has experience in dealing with businesses across all sectors. She is regularly involved in the charity and not for profit sector, property development and construction, retail, manufacturing and international business issues. Advice provided to clients ranges from land and property planning matters, demergers and due diligence issues, partial exemption and Capital Goods Scheme calculations to place of supply advice and contractual VAT planning as well as the provision of in-depth VAT reviews and bespoke training courses.
Maria adopts a down to earth approach to dealing with VAT issues for her clients, keeping them well informed on relevant matters, whilst providing robust and reliable technical advice.