Wills & Intestacy Factsheet

Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney – Wills & Intestacy Tax Factsheet Click here to view Wills & Intestacy Factsheet Why Make a Will? Making a Will allows you to make clear what your wishes are in terms of your money, property and personal possessions when you die. It should set out how you wish … Continued

Death Benefits and Tax Factsheet

Death Benefits and Tax Factsheet Click here to view Death Benefits and Tax Factsheet Major changes to the tax charge on death benefits came into force in April 2015, the changes and new charges are explained in this factsheet. Changes to Tax Treatment April 2015 saw the government bring about major changes in not only … Continued

Enterprise Investment Scheme Factsheet

Enterprise Investment Scheme – Tax Factsheet Click here to view Enterprise Investment Scheme Factsheet What is EIS? The enterprise investment scheme (EIS) was established in the 90’s to encourage investment by private investors in small, unquoted trading companies. The scheme is largely focused on assisting small companies to raise finance at the outset by offering … Continued

Accessing Your Pension Pot

Accessing Your Pension Pot – Tax Factsheet Click here to view Accessing your pension pot Factsheet The Basics For defined contribution (DC) schemes, the minimum age to access your pension pot is 55 and this applies to anyone regardless of whether they intend to retire, work part-time or full time. How an individual accesses their … Continued

Outsourcing specialist makes fifth acquisition in two years

Dow Schofield Watts advised Warrington-based procurement outsourcing service company Inprova Group on its acquisition of an energy consultancy in West Sussex. Energy & Carbon Management (E&CM), which operates out of Horsham, provides energy broker and consultancy services such as commercial gas and electricity procurement, energy risk management and consumption measurement and analysis. The transaction was … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts appoints new group financial controller

Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts, has appointed Judith Cope as its new Group Financial Controller to support its continued expansion. Judith has over 15 years’ experience in finance. A qualified accountant, she started her career in audit with PKF and most recently was Finance Manager with Greenacres Group, a woodland burial park business which … Continued

DSW tech team advise Azzure IT on £2m fundraising

Dow Schofield Watts’ technology team advised Azzure IT, one of the North’s fastest growing small tech firms, on its £2m fundraising from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The deal is the single largest investment by the Fund since its launch in February last year. Sheffield-based Azzure IT helps … Continued

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Record year for Dow Schofield Watts with 38% rise in deals

The North’s leading independent advisory firm, Dow Schofield Watts, is celebrating another record year, with a 38% rise in the volume of deals it advised on.  The firm’s corporate finance and transaction services teams advised on 58 deals worth £839m in 2017, compared to 42 deals worth over £773m in the previous year. During the year Dow Schofield Watts also launched its own international network of corporate finance advisers … Continued


Our partners and staff have undertaken projects working alongside lawyers, corporate clients, external investors (including Private Equity) and law enforcement agencies to investigate and report on a wide range of issues. Our expertise in this area includes conducting UK and overseas forensic investigations into accounting irregularities and allegations of fraud, money laundering and bribery and … Continued

Commercial Litigation

Detailed forensic accounting analysis and reporting can be the cornerstone of the evidence in a commercial dispute. We understand how the legal profession operates and what the critical requirements are for different case types. Our highly experienced team aim to provide litigators with the specialist support necessary to give them a superior position in the … Continued

Deal arranged by DSW creates one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers

Inflexion Private Equity has backed the simultaneous buyout and immediate merger of Bollington Insurance Brokers and Wilsons Insurance Brokers. The new structure, Bollington Wilson Group, will be one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, generating annual gross written premiums in excess of £120m. Dow Schofield Watts arranged the deal having introduced both companies to … Continued

DSW in running for two Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts has been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Yorkshire Insider Dealmakers Awards. The firm is once again in the running for the Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year, which it won last year. Meanwhile it has been nominated for Deal of the Year (sub £25m) for its role in the sale … Continued

DSW tech team advises Hello Soda on £5.5m fundraising

Dow Schofield Watts’ technology team advised on the £5.5m fundraising by the Manchester-based Hello Soda, the global text and big data analytics service. NVM Private Equity has invested £4m in the business alongside an additional £1.5 million venture debt facility from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank’s Growth Finance team. The investment will enable the company to … Continued