Project Description

Professional practices

Established over twenty years ago, the expertise and experience of our professional practices team has grown to support an ever-increasing number of law firms and a range of legal professionals including; sole traders, partnerships, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and limited companies.

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Our specialist team includes audit, tax and M&A experts with a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of professional services clients.

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Adding value beyond the numbers – we’ll help you make money, save you time, support you now and in the future and give you peace of mind.

Some of the ways we do this:

  • Delivering genuine business advice that looks beyond your numbers

  • Maximising your business performance

  • Minimising your tax liabilities & reducing your costs

  • Agreeing deadlines that you can be confident we’ll stick to

  • Taking care of your regulatory & compliance obligations

  • Working with you to build a bigger, more efficient and profitable business

Areas of expertise

We know what’s what when it comes to understanding the legal sector.  Alongside the core accountingtax and payroll services that we can provide, we can help ensure the future success of your law firm with specialist support in the following areas:

  • Solicitors’ Accounts Rules audit
  • Business accounts & tax compliance
  • Business plans
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Tax planning
  • Financial benchmarking
  • Financial and cashflow management
  • Interim financial manager services
  • Outsourced services – helping to meet your clients’ demands
  • Specialist VAT advice for lawyers
  • Succession planning
  • Incorporating your practice or forming an LLP
  • Strategic review
  • Finance training for fee earners

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Whether you’re a sole trader or a partner in a law firm, all solicitors must submit a personal tax return and can benefit from our personal tax services and private client expertise. In addition to dealing with personal tax compliance matters for individual solicitors, we’re experienced in liaising with partnerships to plan for future tax payments with the intention of improving cash-flow and ensuring adequate provision for the payment of tax at the right time.

Our membership of  the ICAEW Solicitors Interest Group means we are always up to date with the financial issues that will affect you.

Financial services is an increasingly complex and heavily regulated environment and we understand the issues and regulatory pressures our financial services clients face. Our team of specialists have a wealth of experience across audit, tax & advisory services and are well equipped with the technical expertise needed to find practical and strategic solutions.

Financial services advisory

We gain a deep understanding of you and your business to fully understand and support your goals. The team can  and provide a bespoke & individual service that adds value and delivers the best outcomes for you.

Services include;

  • Management Buy Out / Buy In
  • Business Valuations
  • Business Flotation Advice
  • Business Exit Strategy Planning
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Raising Finance
  • Business Sales

We understand you’ll want to concentrate on your legal career and leave the accounting and financial matters to someone else. Rest assured that you can rely on our dedicated barrister team, and the wider experience available within Sagars, to take care of everything from bookkeeping, accounts and tax compliance, to wider tax planning issues that require bespoke solutions.

We act for over 300 barristers and chambers, so you can have complete confidence that we understand the intricacies of the taxman’s rules relating to barristers’ accounts and, thanks to the efficiencies and opportunities that cloud accounting is delivering, all that you really have to do is choose how much you’d like us to help and we’ll do the rest.

Services for Barristers, Judges & QCs include:

  • Tax planning
  • VAT (preparation, returns)
  • Expenses
  • Self assessment for individuals
  • Self employed accounts
  • Making Tax Digital (MTD)

What Our Clients Say

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As with all working in the legal sector we are faced with new challenges in the changing landscape of legal services and the management of professional service firms. n order to compete, move forward and excel, we need the assistance & guidance of a forward-thinking and innovative firm such as Sagars. We have always found John’s advice helpful and to the point of issue.

Simon Stell, Managing Partner, LCF Law

At the outset, we wanted to find advisers who would fit with our principles: Approachable; Individual; Straightforward; and Sagars have certainly proved to be an excellent match. From strategic tax advice, practice and tax compliance work, liaising with our bankers, reviewing our systems, helping us to recruit a cashier and looking after the partners’ personal tax affairs, the Sagars team has done it all.

Louise A. Handley, Partner, 3volution Limited

The Sagars team guided us through the inevitable pitfalls &  emotive issues of a four-sided merger, with a sensible and logical approach. Whilst the issues were complex & varied, you gave us straightforward and easy to understand explanations and advice.  Now that we’re established as a single firm, the on-going advice & support is valuable and we look forward to a long & successful working relationship.

Warren P Spencer, Partner, Blackhurst Budd Limited

When we employ lawyers, we look for individuals with personality who are approachable, understand our business needs and those of our clients. People who are capable of conversing in plain English but who are skilled and confident in their approach. Those who will do what they say within the timescale that they agree – understandably, we expect the same from our advisers and Sagars absolutely deliver.

Neil Wilson, Managing Partner, Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors

Trusted advice and support for your business

There’s plenty of information here about the different support we can provide but if you want to talk about how we can help you, you’ll find key contacts for the Professional Services sector below

John Beevers
John Beevers
Professional Practices Partner

A Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and an ICAEW Solicitors’ Special Interest Group committee member, John specialises in advising growing businesses and professional practices.

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Kate Naylor
Kate Naylor
Business Tax Partner

Kate spends a lot of time working with businesses and their owners on tax strategies and mitigation, which includes looking at the business and its structure, through to the owners personal tax situation and their longer term goals and plans.

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James Hunt
James Hunt
Senior Manager

A qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Taxation Adviser, James manages a mixed portfolio of business clients including, providing solutions to clients’ challenges and supporting them to achieve their goals across audit, accountancy, taxation and business advisory services.

Helen Furniss
Helen Furniss
Senior Manager

Helen specialises in looking after the personal tax affairs of our business clients including many from the legal profession such as solicitors, barristers, judges and QCs. She deals with personal accounts, tax returns, capital gains tax issues and tax planning matters.

Joel Topham
Joel Topham
Senior Manager

Joel is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a varied portfolio, and is particularly experienced in looking after solicitors’ practices. He advises on solicitors’ accounts, SAR and partnership tax, whilst also providing business management, accounting, audit and taxation advice to solicitors practices.

Tracy Jamal
Tracy Jamal

Tracy specialises in looking after professionals in private practice and has particular experience in supporting our barrister clients. She provides bookkeeping, accounting, taxation and VAT return services to her clients, whilst also solving a range of queries.

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