Professional Practices brochure - Crowe Horwath International

Professional Practices brochure - Crowe Horwath International

Professional Practice

How we can work with you

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP is a

leading national firm offering audit,

tax and advisory services.


Our relationship is based on

partnership – working closely

together to solve problems

as they arise.


02 How we can work with you

04 Partners in business

06 Service categories

08 In more detail

11 Quality of service

12 Contact details


Professional Practice 01


My name is Louis Baker. I am the partner who heads the

Professional Practice group within Crowe Clark Whitehill.

As Chair of our own Supervisory Board, I have a

particular understanding of the complex challenges

faced by professional practices. Whether it is tax

planning, statutory audit, advice on practice funding or

structure, we offer you the very best expertise, delivered

by people who act as true partners to your firm operating

with independence.

Our team has the capabilities and capacity to take on

even the biggest challenge, yet the breadth and depth

of our expertise is only part of what we offer.

We take pride in building long-term relationships.

We believe that listening and learning about your

practice, its strategic direction and what keeps you

awake at night is crucial to making sure you get the

best possible advice and services.

I hope that this brochure will give you an overview of

what we do, how we are different, and how effectively

we could work together.

Louis Baker

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

Professional Practice

How we can work with you

As one of the UK’s Top 10 audit firms,

Crowe Clark Whitehill can provide the

depth and breadth of audit, accounts

and advisory services required by even

the largest professional firms. Yet it is

the personal nature of our service that

many of our clients appreciate most.

Senior partners or executives can find

management responsibilities a significant

burden and we aim to relieve these pressures

by providing a sounding board, offering

expert advice and delivering carefully targeted

solutions. We also help individual partners

and senior executives within professional

practice firms with tax planning and advice.

Our clients

We act for a wide variety of professional

practice firms, and our clients include the

biggest firms in three professions.

We act for clients across the full spectrum of

professional services. These include law firms,

accountants, chartered surveyors, consulting

engineers, actuaries, patent and trademark

attorneys, architects and insolvency practitioners.

This breadth of knowledge adds value for our

clients, enabling us to offer greater insight into

best practice and the latest developments within

and across sectors. Our strength in this field

being recognised by our peers.

With our team of specialist professional

practice tax and audit partners along with highly

effective managers and support staff, clients are

able to draw on the highest levels of expertise

and the most efficient processes.

Crowe Clark

Whitehill LLP

Over 550 staff


More than 70 partners





In my experience, Louis and his

team win out against the Big Four

by offering great personal rapport

and high-quality service combined

with fair fees and billing.


Simon Rees

Managing Partner, Gerald Eve

How we can work with you


Mid-tier Auditor of the Year 2009

and 2010 – Financial Directors’

Excellence Awards.

For Accountancy Age’s 2010 Finance

360 survey, over 600 financial

directors and financial controllers

were asked their views on the service

they receive. Crowe Clark Whitehill

was placed second overall, ahead of

the Big Four.

Crowe Horwath


Comprises 167

independent accountancy

and advisory firms in more

than 109 countries

650 offices

28,000 partners and staff

Ranked among the top

ten largest global

networks of accounting

and advisory service firms

Expert advisers

Our highly experienced team of partners have

served in the management team of Crowe Clark

Whitehill. This personal knowledge of professional

practice management is backed by significant

industry-wide expertise. By playing a leading role

in key industry bodies such as the Association of

Partnership Practitioners and the ICAEW as

well as on the steering committee for LLP

SORP, we are able to share the latest thinking

with our clients.

Of course, expertise alone is not enough;

it must translate into value for our clients.

At Crowe Clark Whitehill we have a higher than

usual partner‐to‐staff ratio, which means you

have much more contact time with a partner.

Many of our partners joined us precisely

because they wanted to spend more time

with clients, developing one-to-one

relationships. Most of our business is won or

maintained in this way, and many of our clients

have been with us for a long time, as testament

to this service commitment.

We believe that this combination of expertise,

influence and personal commitment to clients is

unique in our sector. More importantly, it results

in enjoyable, highly effective relationships that

stand the test of time.


As a leading member of Crowe Horwath

International — a formal grouping of

independent accountancy firms in more than

100 countries — we are strongly positioned to

support your international needs.

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

Professional Practice

Partners in business

‘Partners in business’ is a statement

of intent that underlines our commitment

to our clients and our focus on close

working relationships.

We believe that to truly be your partner in

business we must understand you, your

partners, your firm, your sector and the latest

thinking and legislation affecting them.

With this knowledge and insight, we can better

apply our technical expertise and specialist

knowledge, to achieve the results and make

the recommendations that make sense to you

and your firm. Yet where and when appropriate,

we are able to operate with the required levels

of independence.

Ultimately, our ambition is for you to regard us

as your long-term trusted adviser.


We aim to be open and transparent in our

dealings with clients. That is a vital part of

building the trust which supports long-term

professional relationships.

Commitment and continuity

People choose to work for us because they

have a genuine interest in the Professional

Practice sector and are attracted by our

reputation in it. As a result, we have a high

degree of staff continuity, and in most of our

service areas clients can expect to see the

same people looking after their interests.

Equally, clients tend to stay with us for the

long haul, confident that we will look after their

interests and respond quickly and expertly

whenever they need us.


Our relationship with Crowe

Clark Whitehill is based on a

partnership – working closely

to share information and

solve problems as they arise.

David Dixon

Head of Finance, Trowers and Hamlins

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

Professional Practice

Professional Practice

Service categories

Practice advisory Taxation Statutory


Providing ongoing advice

to you and your firm

Providing taxation advice

to the firm and its partners

Fulfilling your legal, reporting

and filing obligations

The diagram on the right

provides you with an overview

of the range of services that

Crowe Clark Whitehill offers to

professional firms so that you

can see easily the areas which

may be of relevance to you.

Sounding board and trusted


Firm tax advice

Statutory audit

Firm tax advice and planning Partner tax advice Financial accounts preparation

Mergers and team acquisitions

advice, planning and due diligence

Firm tax compliance

Regulatory client money audit

Cashflow management advice Partner tax compliance Firm tax compliance

LLP conversions

Tax reserving

Partner tax services

Service companies

Firm VAT compliance

and planning

Registered office services

Accounting and tax clauses

in partnership/LLP agreements

VAT transaction advice

on client matters

Tax and financial arrangement of

lateral hires and partner retirements

Employment taxes advice

and compliance

Developing and refining

business strategy

International services International services International services

Advice on setting up abroad Structure of overseas operations Overseas and international audit

Transfer pricing

Overseas tax compliance

Overseas tax compliance

Management of overseas

tax compliance and planning

Expatriate tax planning

Overseas secondment

tax compliance reporting

Overseas secondment

tax planning

Branch office filings

and registered office

Professional Practice: Service categories


Advice for partners

and directors

Advice for employers

and employees

Risk and

efficiency services


Helping the partners of the

firm manage their finances

Motivating and incentivising

staff efficiently

Helping the firm analyse

and manage risk

Where skill set and

efficiency savings often

lead the firm not to recruit

and maintain staff

Personal tax planning Remuneration planning Business viability

and capital financing

Preparation of annual

statutory accounts

Personal tax compliance Flexible benefits Risk management Preparation of

management accounts

Wealth management Employment tax advice Internal audit Preparation of profit share

calculations and review of

partner current accounts

Pension planning Pension planning VAT healthchecks

Tax compliance services

Estate and trust planning Personal financial planning PAYE settlements and

compliance review assistance

Senior staff incentivisation

Tax risk and investigation services

Forensic accounting services

Calculation of partner

tax reserves

Payroll preparation and compliance

Company secretarial services

FSA regulatory compliance

International services International services International services International services

Expatriate tax planning Expatriate tax services Advice on cross-border


Setting up representative

offices abroad

Non-domicile tax planning

Non-domicile tax planning

Overseas tax compliance

Maintaining overseas

payroll obligations

Overseas secondment tax

and financial planning

Overseas secondment

and financial planning

Management and risk review

Overseas branch and subsidiary

accounting services

Overseas tax compliance

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

Professional Practice

In more detail

We work with our clients to understand

their business and aspirations so that

we can apply our knowledge to create

value that is specific to our clients’ needs.

Case study 1

Crowe Clark Whitehill was recommended to a

struggling four-partner firm whose senior

partner wanted to retire.

Through a number of sessions with the

partners, the partner was able to draw out

the key issues and weaknesses affecting the

business and discuss ways of addressing the

problems. We helped the partners to redefine

the sustainable competitive advantage of the

firm and to set out short- and long-term action

plans and a direction for the future, including

setting up project teams to move things forward

and to monitor progress.

The senior partner was able to retire knowing

that the firm has returned to profit and looks well

positioned for future growth.

Case study 2

Marks & Clerk are the UK’s largest firm of patent

and trademark attorneys, and one of the world’s

leading firms in this sector.

As part of their expansion in Europe and the Far

East, we helped them establish a tax-efficient

structure covering countries with a variety of tax

regimes. The tax position of local partners and

operational requirements have driven local

operating structures on which our Crowe

Horwath International colleagues have advised.

We have agreed steamlined reporting on the

international entities with the UK tax authorities

to ensure that the tax-efficient structure is not at

the cost of complicated tax filings.

With our support, Marks & Clerk have a flexible

blueprint which will help their continued growth

around the globe.


I have found your counsel to be

sound and very helpful at all times

…we have enjoyed working with you

immensely, even if you made my

brain hurt at times! Thank you for

concentrating our collective mind.


Senior Partner

Law firm

‘‘ have an efficient structure and a

As the leading UK-based international

firm, it is important to us that we

good relationship with the UK tax

authorities. Crowe Clark Whitehill

and their international colleagues

provide the support we need on both

structuring and compliance.

Pen Hosford

Finance Partner, Marks & Clerk LLP

Quality of service

Quality of service

Crowe Clark Whitehill is highly regarded

both by clients and within the profession.


This reputation is endorsed by the fact that

we are trusted adviser to other firms of

leading advisers.

For Accountancy Age’s 2010 Finance 360

survey, over 600 financial directors and

controllers were asked to rate their last audit

service across five distinct areas of excellence:

accessibility and communication; technical

skills; understanding of the client’s business;

transparent and fair billing; initiative and added

value. Crowe Clark Whitehill was rated second,

placing us ahead of the largest UK firms.

We performed well in all areas and in ‘transparent

and fair billing’ finished a clear first, beating the

market average by 9%.

Perhaps our greatest endorsement comes from

the people we serve most — company financial

directors. We won the Mid-tier Auditor of the Year

in 2005, 2009 and 2010 at the Financial Directors’

Excellence Awards.

Accountancy Firm

of the Year

The Association of

International Accountants


Mid-tier Auditor

of the Year



‘‘ our peers as mid-tier auditor of the

It is excellent to be short-listed and

a privilege to be awarded ahead of

year by those we work closely with.

Our core values include client focus,

quality service and achievement of

excellence and it is very pleasing

to be acknowledged by finance

directors with this award.

David Devon, Partner

Crowe Clark Whitehill


Accountancy Age

2010 Finance Survey


for transparency

and fair billing

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP

Professional Practice

Start the conversation

I hope this brochure

has given you a clear

picture of how we

could work with you

and support your

business throughout

its journey.

To begin the

conversation, please

contact a member

of our Professional

Practice team.

Louis Baker


020 7842 7100

Johnathan Dudley


0121 543 1900

Mark Hunt


01242 234421

Michael Jayson


0161 214 7500

John Stalker

Thames Valley

0118 959 7222

Simon Warne


01622 767676

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