05 Jul 2024

BKL Spotlight – July 2024


New services, international reach and lots more

Welcome to our new newsletter! Read on to discover how our specialists can help you across a range of areas, including new and expanded services and sector-specific guidance. You’ll also find out what we’ve been up to recently, from award wins and articles to panel discussions.

Tailored support for international clients

BKL joined DFK UK & Ireland, a national group within DFK International: a global alliance of more than 200 accounting, audit, advisory and tax businesses in 90 countries.

Following the coming together of BKL and Wilson Wright, a long-standing DFK member firm, joining DFK was a natural next step to enhance support for our international clients.

If you have ambitions or operations overseas – for yourself, your family or your business, we’d be delighted to help. We’ll work with fellow DFK members to provide you with the best possible guidance.


Technical expertise: tax risk & dispute resolution

Through the combined expertise of Wilson Wright and BKL’s tax team, we’re pleased to offer an expanded advisory service that now includes tax risk & dispute resolution, headed up by Jessica McLellan.

HMRC are using increased powers and resources to focus on tax collection and investigations. Resolving disputes with HMRC quickly, or managing your tax risk to prevent a dispute from arising, can save you considerable time, money and stress. We combine a sensitive personalised approach, technical expertise and a strong understanding of HMRC, to help you navigate:

  • Tax enquiries, compliance checks and serious tax investigations
  • Legacy tax avoidance arrangements
  • Voluntary disclosures, including offshore assets and income
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation
  • Proactive tax risk management

Find out more: tax risk & dispute resolution service

Jessica McLellan – Tax Risk & Dispute Resolution Partner


Deeper knowledge: helping fintechs to thrive

Our latest campaign “Smart Finance, Sure Future”, in partnership with Innovate Finance is designed to help fintechs understand these challenges and secure their journeys to success, from start up to scaleup to sale.

Following our successful roundtable last week, we’re planning collaborations with industry experts from Bovill and Allica Bank. Keep an eye out for details on our insights and events page.

Listen to our recent podcast featuring Jon Wedge, Head of Financial Services, discussing the fintech sector with Innovate Finance.


Specialist guidance to support your business

We share regular updates across our sectors including: academies, music & media and property. From technical updates, tax planning and regulation, our team of over 50 tax experts are on hand to keep you informed. Read and watch our latest insights below.


Stay updated with our tax newsletters: Tax Dispatch, a selection of recent articles and tax news; and BrassTax, delving into specific tax complexities and surprises. Click here to subscribe!


Helping you stay vigilant against scammers

In several recent cases, scammers have written to businesses in the guise of Companies House, claiming that the business needs to make a payment for Enhanced Web Filing Access. Companies House have confirmed that these letters are not genuine.

You can see an example of the letter here. If you receive correspondence from Companies House or HMRC instructing you to take action, please let us know immediately so that we can advise whether it’s genuine.


Out and about

Myfanwy Neville, our Head of Sustainability, was on an environmental regulation panel at IFGS 2024 (Innovate Finance Global Summit) discussing financial markets.

We enjoyed meeting people at The Schools & Academies Show– marking a year since Landau Baker’s education sector experts became part of BKL.

At the Digital Accountancy Show, Myfanwy teamed up with fellow B Corp accounting firms to share insights into our journeys to becoming B Corp certified.

We hosted a business breakfast for fellow members of the Asian-Jewish Business Network (AJBN), strengthening connections and sharing our expertise in the property sector.

Celebrating together

Tolley’s Taxation Awards:

In May, BKL’s talented tax team won Best Business Tax Practice at the Tolley’s Taxation Awards. Having new tax colleagues from Wilson Wright with us, as finalists too, made it even more special. Discover our full suite of tax services.

35 Under 35:

Two of our brilliant senior managers, Alisha O’Donovan and James Dillard, were featured in this year’s Accountancy Age 35 under 35 list.

This builds on the recognition they earned earlier in 2024: Alisha as Bronze winner of the Citywealth Powerwomen award in the ‘Woman of the year: Fintech/Crypto’ category; James as DFK International’s EMEA Emerging Leader of the Year.

Coming together:

In May we came together for our biggest ever summer party. With over 300 people in attendance, it was a great evening with lots to celebrate.

As we continue getting to know each other, we can’t wait to write the next chapter in BKL’s story!

Looking for some advice? Book in a call with one of our experts