Accountancy firms

We have a long established practice advising accountancy firms across the range of issues which arise for them. We do so through a team of specialists drawn from all practice areas. Our clients include two of the "Big 4" accountancy firms.
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We have worked with market leading accountants for over 50 years.

We have a track record in handling complex, high value and sensitive matters for accountants, as well as in risk management and on non-contentious issues.

Accountancy clients value our expertise, pragmatic approach and our furtherance of their commercial interests and objectives.

"a team of the highest quality, offering a tailored service with complete discretion”
The Legal 500 UK 2017

Contentious issues

Acting for two members of the Big 4 and other firms of accountants on contentious and potentially contentious issues across audit, tax and corporate finance.


Advising numerous accountancy firms (including two within the Big 4) in relation to regulatory investigations and other matters.

Compliance and ethical issues

Advising accountancy clients on a range of compliance and ethical matters, including as to conflicts and confidentiality issues and challenges.

Risk management

Our track record in the contentious arena, knowledge of our clients’ businesses and familiarity with the issues, results in accountancy clients turning to us to help steer them through commercial and legal risk in a non-contentious context, including as to ongoing relations with their own clients.

Corporate activity

Advising on mergers/acquisitions in the sector and advising accountancy clients interested in entering the market and on Alternative Business Structures.

People issues

Aside from employment and pensions work, advising on partnership issues arising within accountancy clients.

Real estate

Acting for a network of accountancy firms on its premises and facilities throughout the UK.

Data protection

Advising various accountancy firms in relation to data protection issues.

Intellectual property matters

Working with accountancy clients in relation to identifying and protecting intellectual property.

Insolvency practitioners

Working in conjunction with insolvency practitioners in relation to issues arising in connection with financial distress.

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