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.

  • Specialist Tax Services

    Specialist Tax Services

    Dow Schofield Watts Tax Consulting advises on a wide range of business tax issues with a particular focus on mergers, acquisitions and business restructuring. We work closely with our clients to help them achieve their objectives with maximum tax efficiency by using our technical knowledge and commercial know-how.

  • 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.

  • Investment & Funding (DSW Angels)

    Investment & Funding (DSW Angels)

    Dow Schofield Watts Angels bring together early-stage technology businesses in the North of England with experienced entrepreneurs who can provide investment, support and mentoring. Our aim is to build a strong and active angels’ network to drive the growth of the North’s tech sector and help bridge the funding gap for early-stage technology businesses.

  • 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.

Latest news

Transaction Services team advise law firm on acquisition of cycling practice

24th May 2022

Transaction Services team advise law firm on acquisition of cycling practice The North West transaction services team advised law firm Fletchers Solicitors on the acquisition of the Cycle SOS brand and the personal injury book of Burnley firm Smith Jones.  It is Fletchers’ first acquisition since the firm was acquired by US private equity firm Sun … 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