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Accounts and Legal announced as finalist in British Accounting Awards

11 Sep 2013

According to companies house, there are more than 30,000 accounting firms in the UK. So we're very proud to have been announced as finalists for this year's British Accountancy Awards.

One of the features that sets us apart from our competition is that our accounts team is supported by a dedicated group of Business Consultants who typically have a decade's real world managerial experience. Through a process of analysis and evaluation, their job is to bring the accounts process to life, helping our clients cut unnecessary cost and maximise return on investment.

Before we launched last year, we conducted an extensive series of interviews with a range of UK based small businesses. We asked our survey panel three key questions about their current accounting arrangements:

1. Only 10% reported being happy with their current accountant with a significant majority (60%) saying they were dissatisfied with the service they currently received.

2. 90% of participants told us that beyond satisfying their statutory obligations, the accounts process yielded nothing of commercial value whatsoever.

3. 80% of them told us they were desperate for more commercial guidance from their accountant.

Keir Wright-Whyte


Managing Director

0207 043 4000

About the author

Originally graduating with a degree in geography from Edinburgh University, Keir claims that he was then tricked into becoming an accountant by one of the UK's top 5 accountancy practices.The deception extended to the usual training in audit and associated activities.

Keir subsequently worked in a number of advisory roles with clients including in the energy trading, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.

He loves working at Accounts & Legal because of the variety of work and clients, the excellent team ethos and morale, the importance placed on genuinely helping and being useful for clients and because he believes what he does matters to clients and helps the firm.

Keir's primary role is to ensure that new clients with complex businesses or needs are on-boarded in the best way and he is a "trouble shooter" both for clients and where complex issues arise internally. He also helps the accounting teams strive to improve what we do for clients, whether processes or services.

When not debiting or crediting, Keir has a penchant for fixing old buildings, skiing, surfing and cycling.


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