We understand the practicalities of farming, rural life and rural businesses. We are at home speaking with, advising and acting for our rural clients.
With clients situated throughout rural Scotland our rural team understands the key issues affecting different types of farming. Each type of farming and each area across Scotland will face different challenges and our team are on-hand to advise. Every year our rural client numbers grow, mainly due to the recommendations coming from our existing clients.
We act for businesses of all sizes, from the small crofter, to the large commercial farmer or wholesaler. The commonality is that for all of our clients we have the right people, with the right experience, to deliver a quality local service.
The core area of our business is tax planning. This covers a wide range of planning for different types of client. We cover all income, capital and indirect taxes, such as VAT and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) planning. For the most profitable businesses we can deliver planning which minimises the tax cost.
Farming is a business that is capital intensive. We often advise clients on capital expenditure, tax allowances and re-structuring businesses to maximise opportunities and minimise tax.
We have experts dedicated to VAT planning, which has an increasing relevance in rural business and rural property development. You may have complex needs and we have the expertise to advise on suitable structures to achieve optimal tax efficiency. We have the depth of knowledge and experience needed to ensure you benefit from all areas of tax planning.
For our farming clients planning and advising for succession is vitally important. This is an area that requires technical expertise in Capital Taxes, but also necessitates experience and understanding of subsidy, tenancy and finance issues. We have the resources to deal with the most complex of situations and the experience to handle the delicate and difficult issues. contracts.
Many farmers have diversified their business in a small or large way. We act for many businesses with farm shops, contracting work, holiday accommodation and those who sell direct to customers. Many of these diversified projects require the support of someone who has seen it before and we can provide knowledgeable advisors who can call on their past experience.
Energy & Natural Resources
Renewable energy is increasingly relevant to all rural businesses. Our team has been exposed to all the key renewable technologies. We are experienced in projects of all sizes and advise on tax, finance and commercial aspects of renewable projects.
Andrew is a partner in a family business, which farms on the outskirts of Perth. This interest in farming has led to an extensive client base in the agricultural industry and he acts for a significant number of farmers and landowners. Andy regularly speaks at agricultural seminars on tax and succession related topics.
Andrew is a CA and Chartered Tax Adviser who has worked in practice in Ayr for over 20 years. Whilst representing clients across a variety of sectors Andrew has a particular specialism in agriculture and other rural businesses.
Ian has established himself as a leading adviser in Scotland’s rural sector with emphasis on profit improvement, capital taxes, VAT and stamp duties planning and forensic work, with over 25 years experience.
Ian comes from a farming background in Fife. He looks after a diverse portfolio of owner managed businesses, ranging from groups of companies to family partnerships providing accountancy, business advisory and taxation advice. Working from the Perth office he has a wide range of farming and landowners amongst his clients.
John became a qualified Chartered Accountant with Campbell Dallas in 1999, before gaining exposure to large corporate accountancy in the Big Four. There he focused on advising owner managed businesses on tax issues. John is also a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser. John has a broad experience in general practice with owner managed businesses and as such, has a growing involvement with the firm’s rural sector clients.
Gordon is qualified FCCA and ATT. He has over 25 years’ experience of a wide range of clients, ranging from small unincorporated businesses to large corporate companies and charities. Gordon has worked extensively within the agriculture sector and manages most of our estates, farming and agricultural support clients in the Ayrshire area.
Business Advisory Services Director
Lynne has extensive experience of owner-managed businesses, dealing with all aspects of accountancy and tax compliance. She works extensively with clients in the agricultural sector, including arable & livestock farming businesses, wholesalers and agricultural contractors.
Business Advisory Services Director
Susan has extensive experience of owner-managed businesses, dealing with all aspects of audit, accountancy and tax compliance. Within the rural sector she has niche experience with sporting estate clients, as well as a wider range of farming businesses and landowners.
Personal Tax Manager
Julie is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser based in our private client team. She specialises in tax compliance and advice for a wide range of clients, including succession planning and inheritance tax. Julie regularly provides specialist tax advice to our growing number of rural clients based around Edinburgh and the Lothians.