The best in the north.

Dow Schofield Watts’ award-winning teams in the North West and North East of England are amongst the most experienced in their fields, with professionals drawn from diverse backgrounds in Big 4 accountancy practices, investment banking and industry.

Established in 2002 by its three founding partners, Dow Schofield Watts continues to grow and further develop its services. Our responsive, proactive and accessible approach, together with our experience and contacts, enables us to provide the best possible outcomes for clients.

A partner-led service, high-quality advice and reputation for achieving results make us the advisor of choice for corporates, SMEs and private equity firms alike.

The approach and attention to detail through the process was first class.

Peter Cook

HSBC Commercial Banking

Our People

We’re award winners.

We’re helping to shape our industry and in doing so we’re becoming recognised as a leader. We’re very proud of what we’re acheiving and have our customers and partners to thank for that.

Our Services

  • Corporate Finance Advice

    Corporate Finance Advice

    Advice on disposals, acquisitions, buyouts, private equity and fundraisings. Preparing your business for a sale, identifying potential buyers and negotiating and structuring the deal. Developing your growth strategy, identifying targets and managing the deal process through to completion and much more.

  • Financial Due Diligence

    Financial Due Diligence

    Having completed over 60 transactions in the past two years, we are one of the most active financial due diligence advisors in the market. Our award-winning team provides a partner-led service to private equity firms, banks, asset-based lenders, corporate entities and many more.

  • Equity Finance

    Equity Finance

    We have over 100 years’ combined experienced and have backgrounds in corporate finance, industry and private equity – our senior partners have been working together for over 15 years. Our investment focus is on businesses with an enterprise value of up to £10million across all industry sectors.

  • Wealth Advisory

    Wealth Advisory

    Our objective guidance is driven by what you want your money to bring you and your family, both now and in the future. We enjoy taking this approach, as it gives us the freedom to apply our financial expertise to deliver, and then implement, a strategic plan to make your vision a reality.

  • Forensic & Valuation Services

    Forensic & Valuation Services

    Detailed forensic accounting can provide compelling evidence and clarity in commercial disputes. We can advise at every stage of the process, from early case assessment to help barristers or solicitors to understand the client’s position, to expert witness services and alternative dispute resolution.

  • Business Planning

    Business Planning

    We offer financial and commercial advice to private and public sector clients in relation to business planning, financial forecasts, and capital projects. Providing high-quality advice at competitive rates, we assist our clients in addressing the current financial pressures facing business and public sector bodies.

  • Tech Sector

    Tech Sector

    We provide advisory services and funding to growth companies across the technology and media sectors. The team’s experience covers a range of sub-sectors including IT services, software development and platforms, media agencies, digital gaming, hardware and telecoms. Members of the team combine a variety of skills including industry experience, investment banking and Big 4 training.

  • ABL Risk Management

    ABL Risk Management

    The DSW Asset Based Lending Risk Management team offers both pre and post lend Due Diligence and Risk Management specialising in Receivables, Inventory, Plant and Machinery and Trade Finance across all funding levels.

  • Debt Advisory

    Debt Advisory

    Our debt advisory team comprises of former senior bankers (with Board level expertise) and highly experienced debt advisory practitioners. Our primary focus is on using our wealth of experience to add genuine value to the businesses and private equity houses we advise.

  • Tax Advisory

    Tax Advisory

    Dow Schofield Watts tax advisory is one of the UK’s leading independent tax teams, providing expert advice to support clients involved in various tax issues.​ We have a track record of successful delivery of Taxation advice to various companies and individuals. ​

  • Business Recovery

    Business Recovery

    Our highly experienced team of qualified Insolvency Practitioners offers a full range of solutions and has the skills to identify the most appropriate in each case. We will assess your circumstances, explain the options and guide you through the processes to achieve the optimum outcome.

Latest news

DSW Capital AIMS high with latest award nomination

29th September 2022

DSW Capital AIMS high with latest award nomination DSW Capital plc is continuing its streak of award nominations with its shortlisting for the AIM Award in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category. DSW Capital plc raised £5m through its placing on 16 December 2021. The award criteria cites that ‘the winner will have already caught the imagination … Continued

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"DSW were very good at taking the emotion out of the negotiations and fought well on behalf of us, the Management. They engaged with the private equity market early in the process and took the deal to a successful conclusion."

Steve Dalton, ESG