COVID-19: Help for All

All our summary information, regularly updated

COVID-19: Help for All

 

Here at French Duncan we know that the COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation will mean many businesses will face challenges ahead.

There are however various initiatives to support companies and individuals.

A summary of how we can assist you with these is available on this PDF document, which also includes contact information for the specific colleagues to speak to.

To help you navigate these times, our teams have also summarised them for you below.  Whether it's around deferring HMRC payments, accessing loans & grants, debtor assistance or help with your personal / self assessment situation - click on the link below and you'll be taken to the blog post...and we'll be keeping these regularly updated as things progress.

It's just our way of trying to help.

French Duncan.  The people for you.

 

Click on any image below for our latest, regularly updated blog posts.

 

For Businesses, general information:

 

For Businesses, specifically related to the Job Retention Scheme:

 

For Individuals, the Self-Employed (& Employees):

   

 

Please also remember...:

  

 

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Our Team


Some of the team specialising in COVID-19 assistance include the below.  You can contact any of them on 0141 221 2984, or at any time by email (which you'll find on their profile pages). 


Louise  McCosh

Louise McCosh
HR Director
l.mccosh@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Louise  McCosh

Louise McCosh

HR Director

LLB MSc MCIPD

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0141 221 2984

l.mccosh@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Louise is a highly experienced and qualified HR specialist who leads French Duncan HR Services. With over 10 years experience in HR, Louise has a Masters in HR Management, a law degree and is a chartered member of the CIPD and a trained ACAS mediator.

Louise and the rest of the team at French Duncan HR Services work with a wide variety of organisations providing support in employment matters, including SMEs, Owner Managed Business and Not-For-Profit organisations on an on going basis providing advice and guidance in relation to tricky people issues including disciplinary, grievance, absence, redundancy and TUPE. The team can also work on specialist projects such as HR documentation, HR projects, HR training and mediation. For further details or to sign up for regular employment updates, please visit our website.

For a free initial consultation meeting, please contact Louise McCosh on 0141 221 2984 or email l.mccosh@frenchduncan.co.uk.  

 

Linda  Kelly

Linda Kelly
Director & Head of Payroll
l.kelly@frenchduncan.co.uk
01786 435 332

Linda  Kelly

Linda Kelly

Director & Head of Payroll

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01786 435 332

l.kelly@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Linda joined French Duncan when the firm merged with Macfarlane Gray in 2001. She has played a significant role in the growth of the firm, previously managing the workflow and business development and more recently in the last few years has established French Duncan’s Payroll team.

Linda was promoted to Head of Payroll in 2017, and since then has grown the team to 10. The team are based at our Stirling office and provide services to a wide range of clients from Aberdeen to London.

Understanding from first-hand experience the challenges faced by family businesses, Linda uses this knowledge to assist her in her dealings with existing and potential clients.

Hazel  Burt

Hazel Burt
Partner and Head of Personal Tax
h.burt@frenchduncan.co.uk
01786 451745

Hazel  Burt

Hazel Burt

Partner and Head of Personal Tax

FCCA

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01786 451745

h.burt@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Hazel began her training as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and joined French Duncan in 2012 when they merged with Macfarlane Gray. She has specialised in tax for more than 10 years and heads up the tax compliance and consultancy team in the Stirling office, 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, advising owner-managed businesses, tax investigations and property taxation, including capital allowance claims. 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.

Iain  Walker

Iain Walker
Partner
i.walker@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Iain  Walker

Iain Walker

Partner

CA CBV

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0141 221 2984

i.walker@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

As well as being a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, Iain has over 10 years of experience in the corporate finance profession – both in the UK and overseas.  

Iain moved to Bermuda in 2009 where he worked in the corporate finance and valuations department of KPMG before taking on a role as corporate finance and strategy manager at London listed insurance company Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd.  He has also worked for other major professional services companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte.

Iain joined French Duncan in 2016 and is a key member of the corporate advisory team.  He specialises in advising on acquisitions, sale mandates, valuations, due diligence, fund raising and business planning. 

Iain was promoted to Partner in April 2019.

Eileen Blackburn

Eileen Blackburn
Partner & Head of Restructuring & Debt Advisory
e.blackburn@frenchduncan.co.uk
0131 243 0199

Eileen Blackburn

Eileen Blackburn

Partner & Head of Restructuring & Debt Advisory

CA MABRP

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0131 243 0199

e.blackburn@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Eileen is a practising Insolvency Practitioner, JIEB qualified with almost 30 years’ experience in Restructuring and Insolvency and a chartered accountant.

Based in Edinburgh, she heads up French Duncan’s Restructuring & Debt Advisory practice and specialises in advising owner managed businesses, corporate and personal.

Her experience ranges from multi location retail insolvencies to complex personal cases including appointments over insolvent solicitors’ practices. Included in recent cases is the Administration of a company providing specialist security systems in the Middle East and the winding up of a company providing innovative, patent-protected water treatment technology to the tertiary/polishing water treatment and reuse market.

She is chair of the Scottish Technical Committee of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and also sits on R3’s Council and Policy Committee. She represents ICAS on JIEB and sits on the ICAS Authorisation Committee.

Eileen has been heavily involved in Scottish Insolvency matters over a number of years and has engaged with the Scottish Government and the Accountant in Bankruptcy on behalf of R3. Recently she has been involved in the working party set up to consider the modernisation of the Scottish Insolvency Rules.

Brian  Milne

Brian Milne
Partner
b.milne@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Brian  Milne

Brian Milne

Partner

BA CA

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0141 221 2984

b.milne@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and shortly afterwards joined Coopers and Lybrand specialising in business recovery, working throughout the UK. Thereafter, he moved to Deloitte as a Director within its Restructuring Services before joining French Duncan as a Partner in 2012.

Brian takes formal insolvency appointments across a broad spectrum of businesses and provides advice and solutions for individuals with personal debt problems. He also offers advice to distressed businesses and their lenders to assist in turnaround, restructuring and recovery.

Recent assignments have included administration appointments on behalf of secured lenders, liquidations and forensic asset tracing, recovery work in fraud cases and expert witness work in director disqualification actions.

Brian brings an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He is commercially astute, which means that he always finds the appropriate solution for individuals, businesses and lenders alike.

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