Claire Watkins - Partner

 “I'm very lucky to be in a professional practice working with other professional practices. Whatever sector my clients are in, we all share a very similar approach to running our respective businesses. That sort of mutual understanding helps us work well together”

Claire is a Partner and heads up Buzzacott’s Professional Practices team, which looks after small and medium-size firms in the legal, architectural, property and consultancy sectors.

Claire has particular expertise in: 

  • Business start-ups 
  • Restructuring from partnership to LLP or Limited Company 
  • US firms doing business in the UK
  • Tax planning
  • SRA/RIBA regulatory matters
  • Succession issues
  • Financial forecasting

She also works with owner-managed businesses in a variety of sectors, providing Finance Director-style support to clients as well as: 

  • Bookkeeping
  • Management accounting 
  • VAT
  • Payroll 
  • Company secretarial 
  • HR consultancy

Claire is a registered auditor and her team also provides financial planning, pensions and tax advice to individual partners and company directors.

To view the latest news and insights written by Claire click here.

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Our professional practices team are ready with answers on audit, financing, tax compliance and all the other issues you face. Talk to them and profit from our familiarity with your sector. You’ll save time, reduce risk and build a dependable relationship with a team who want your business to succeed just as much as you do.

Professional practices we work with:


We have extensive knowledge of the legal sector, working closely with many different legal firms of all sizes. We cater for all financial aspects of accounting, audit, VAT and tax returns, tax advice and payroll. We also have a high level of expertise in the SRA Accounts Rules, including the recent updates.


As well as assisting with the financial aspects of your business, we work with firms on their business strategy. This includes growth plans, budgeting, forecasting and cash flow management. In addition to this, our specialist R&D tax team can assist with your research and development tax claims. This is an important and ever growing area within the architecture industry and a talented R&D team is essential in preparing a robust application leading to a successful claim.

Surveyors and engineers

We advise on accounting, audit and tax planning for firms of various sizes. We also help firms with their KPIs, succession planning, business restructuring and tax planning. We also assist with the conversion between limited liability partnerships (LLP) and limited company, advising and implementing the best business structure for your firm.

Experienced support for professional practices

  • Structuring and set-up: discuss with us the pros and cons of LLP v. Limited Company and ensure the right fit for your business
  • A one-stop shop: find all your accounting, tax, VAT, payroll and HR requirements within one firm
  • Tax planning for partners
  • Succession planning: consider exit routes for founding owners and discuss with us how to incentivise the next generation of business leaders
  • Partner/capital structuring: talk to us about profit sharing, fixed share v. equity, forecasting cash flows and managing partners’ expectations
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) reporting: find out how to keep your firm below the SRA’s radar by ensuring compliance and good governance; use our expertise to provide a robust defence if challenged
  • Employee ownership structures
  • Mergers, acquisitions and bolt-ons: talk to us about valuing your firm and how to carry out effective due diligence on potential mergers.

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