Clients We Serve

Quest Duthoit works with clients of diverse sizes and sectors. We make it our business to get under the skin of your business, to offer you informed advice and a bespoke, expert service.This is just a snapshot of the areas and industries in which we work.

Click on the links below to find out more about the clients we work with.

Personal Tax Cases

We have managed a host of challenging cases in this field, ranging from returns for high net worth individuals with diverse sources of income and trust funds, to the basic compliance return. We have also successfully handled cases involving negotiation over longstanding arrears, agreeing enforcement tax liabilities, and disclosure of previously undisclosed overseas income in the HMRC amnesty.


  • Timely notification of liabilities
  • Constant review to reduce payments on account
  • Estimated capital gains tax calculations prior to sale
  • Tax advice re investments/pensions
  • Negotiations with HMRC
  • Planning to maximise use of tax bands
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Trust returns and R185s

Architects and Surveyors

Our work with architects and surveyors has involved client relationships as long as 15 years. Specialist activity has included supporting cash management processes in line with the RIBA work stages. We have also reviewed accounting options for time recording and work in progress, enabling clients to put in place the ideal system for their needs.

Our accountancy experience in the architectural sector includes the following:


  • RIBA work stages — planning
  • WIP/Cost provisions
  • Time recording systems
  • Cashflow management
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners
  • Company Structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Building and Construction

In our work with building companies over a period of 20 years, our role has included helping businesses when they were going through a period of financial difficulty, assisting management in making key business decisions and offering ongoing strategic advice. Our support to firms in taking control of their financial planning and contract costing has generally contributed to rapid expansion.

Our accountancy experience in the construction industry includes the following:


  • Construction Industry Scheme
  • VAT issues
  • Sage Construct accounting software
  • Financial risk assessment
  • Company Structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Care Homes

Working with care homes for 15 years has involved establishing systems for the reconciling of income, maximising tax claims regarding the refurbishment of some homes, and counsel on exit routes. We have also advised on keeping ongoing income tax to a minimum, discussing the option of incorporation and claims for personal use.

Our accountancy experience in the field of care homes includes the following:


  • Property tax implications
  • Capital allowance maximisation
  • Review of finance options
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners
  • Company Structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Design and Office Refurbishment

Our 10-year industry experience has included working with start-ups that have become highly successful businesses. Activity includes implementing contract costing systems, establishing strong working relationships with the finance teams of our clients’ manufacturers to achieve the ‘common goal’, and counsel on all tax and commercial aspects.

Our accountancy experience in the design and refurbishment sector includes the following:


  • Dealership agreements
  • Contract costing solutions
  • WIP/Cost provisions/Mock up costs
  • Company Structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Engineering and High Tech

Engineering and High Tech companies are one of the great joys for the 'tax practitioner' as there are serious tax breaks available to them.

Key tax planning issues in this sector include the following:


  • Research and Development tax claims
  • Patent Box Relief tax claims
  • Exit strategy and Capital Gains Tax Entrepreneurs' Relief

Farming

With over 15 years’ experience in the farming sector, our work has included advising on opportunities and tax planning activities surrounding diversification. We have also minimised clients’ ongoing tax liabilities using the capital allowance and averaging rules to maximum benefit, and considered the capital gains tax and inheritance tax options relating to exit routes available to farmers.

Our accountancy experience in the farming industry includes the following:


  • Property tax implications
  • Review of purchase finance options
  • Capital allowance maximisation
  • Profit averaging
  • Review of diversification schemes
  • Sole traders:
    Expenses
    Motor vehicles
    Private use

Hotels and Guest Houses

Acting for hotel clients for 15 years, we have been involved in activity such as long term capital gains tax and inheritance tax planning, in relation to sale or transfer of hotel businesses. We have also advised on the tax and commercial aspects of decisions regarding extensions and refurbishments, as well as encouraging cash and stock control and the introduction of point of sale touch screen systems.

Our accountancy experience in the hotel industry includes the following:


  • Property tax implications
  • Capital allowance maximisation
  • Cash control
  • Review of finance options
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners
  • Company structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Management Consultancy

Our 20-year experience in management consultancy has included advising on the break-up of original partnerships into diverse businesses. We have also counselled on matters such as maximising the net income received on an annual basis including spouse as partner, business percentages, incorporation alternatives, and pension contribution planning.

Our accountancy experience in the field of management consultancy includes the following:


  • IR35 considerations
  • Considerations of commercial risk
  • Time recording systems
  • Review of finance options
  • Company structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings
  • Sole traders:
    Expenses
    Motor vehicles
    Private use

Manufacturing

Working for manufacturing companies for over 10 years, we have advised on diverse issues including protecting risk by incorporating, diversifying product and client ranges, and maximising the tax and commercial advantages of purchasing additional machinery and opening new production units.

Our accountancy experience in the manufacturing sector includes the following:


  • Stock control solutions
  • WIP/Cost provisions
  • Machinery purchase/lease options
  • Import/Export
  • Company structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners

Public Houses and Restaurants

In acting for public houses and restaurants for 10 years, we have counselled on the purchase of freehold properties and brewery leasehold agreements, implemented point of sale touch screen systems, and helped clients focus on achieving gross profit ratios and other industry measurements.

Our accountancy experience in the pub and restaurant industry includes the following:


  • Financial review of brewery lease agreement
  • Property tax implications
  • Point of sale stock control systems
  • Cash control
  • Tips and troncs
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners
  • Company structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Recruitment

Our 20-year experience in the recruitment sector has included planning for exit strategies, devising incentive packages for agency consultants, and providing a complete bookkeeping and accountancy service to allow teams to focus on their marketing and performance targets.

Our accountancy experience in the recruitment sector includes the following:


  • Cashflow management
  • Considerations of commercial risk
  • VAT issues
  • Purchase/sale advice
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners
  • Company structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Retail

Our retail experience of 20 years includes assisting management with tax issues surrounding the purchase of new retail outlets and warehouses, extraction of profits and long term structure regarding ultimate sale or transfer. We have also advised on how to substantially improve cash management, and helped implement point of sale stock control systems.

Our accountancy experience in the retail sector includes the following:


  • Point of sale stock control systems
  • Cash management
  • Property tax implications
  • VAT issues
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners
  • Company structure:
    Extraction of profits
    Directors/Shareholdings

Solicitors

Acting for firms of solicitors for 20 years, we have enjoyed the challenge of solving complex tax matters and carefully handling a number of partnership issues, including the appointment and retirement of partners, the financial effect of certain practice decisions on individual partners, and the management of partnership capital accounts.

Our accountancy experience in the legal sector includes the following:


  • SRA – solicitors accounts rules
  • Client money ledger software systems
  • LLP option
  • VAT issues
  • Partnerships:
    Partnership current accounts
    Prior profit adjustments
    New and retiring partners