HomeAccountants and their clients

At Francis Wilks & Jones, we have a long history of working with accountants and their clients. As an SME ourselves, we understand the vital role a good accountant plays in a business's success. We also recognise the challenges accountants and their clients face in their day to day business.

How we help accountants directly

We provide a wide range of support directly to accountants, including:

  • Advising on management or board issues within the practice
  • Defending against professional negligence claims from clients
  • Providing guidance on failed tax schemes and managing any resulting pushback

How we can help your SME and business clients

At FWJ, we frequently assist SMEs referred by accountants. Here’s how we can help:

Tax disputes

Our team, led by Andy Lynch, who spent 18 years at the HMRC Special Investigations team, handles a wide range of contentious tax work for businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Services include advice on disguised remuneration schemes, R&D tax credit fraud claims, security notices, tax disclosures and investigations, statutory demands and winding-up petitions, defence work, Code of Practice 8 and 9 investigations, Loan charge work and Account freezing orders

Director duties and claims against directors

We specialise in defending and advising directors against claims by HMRC, liquidators, shareholders, or Companies House, and are experts in Director Disqualification claims. We also regularly advise new and existing directors about their duties and responsibilities.

Shareholder Disputes

We help resolve shareholder and management disputes, including shareholder deadlock, boardroom disputes, family business ownership disputes, business exits, share sales and valuation work and legal claims such as derivative claims, minority shareholder claims, and unfair prejudice claims

Commercial Litigation Work

Our expertise covers a wide range of commercial litigation and business dispute claims, with a particular focus on contract claims and freezing order and fraud claims.

Debt Recovery

Our team handles everything from single debt claims to volume-based recovery work, representing both claimants and defendants. We offer a sophisticated debt recovery platform that can integrate with clients’ systems for high-volume work.

Company Rescue and Insolvency

We assist financially distressed businesses, advising directors on their fiduciary duties and making court applications for validation orders. We also provide guidance on administration, pre-pack administration, CVAs, and liquidation. Our extensive network of insolvency practitioners is available if your practice lacks this specialisation.

How we can help your private clients

Personal Insolvency Assistance

We offer comprehensive support, including defending statutory demands and bankruptcy petitions, handling matrimonial home issues, managing bankruptcy restriction orders and trustee claims, annulment applications, defending HMRC claims, dealing with IVA-related matters and referrals to trusted bankruptcy trustees

Debt recovery and commercial litigation

We provide pragmatic and commercial solutions for debt recovery and litigation, whether your clients is a Claimant or Defendant. Our team is well-versed in court processes and dedicated to resolving disputes efficiently.

HMRC and tax related claims

We offer a range of services for individuals, including statutory demand and bankruptcy defence, tax investigation and disclosure advice and also assistance with Time to Pay arrangements

Whatever your enquiry or situation, our friendly team of experts is here to help.

I have had a decade long relationship with FWJ and have instructed them on a wide variety of claims, both litigation and insolvency based. I enjoy working with them as they listen to what I need and their advice is always commercial and astute. I have also been deeply impressed by their continued commitment to using technology to assist in the recoveries process. Their interactive case management system is particularly impressive delivering quick, accurate solutions together with very helpful case reporting.

Clive Gould, former risk director at Aldermore Bank, Invoice Finance

Contact Us

Call us: 020 7841 0390

Email us: info@fwj.co.uk

London Office Address:

6 Coldbath Square,

Cardiff Office Address:

1 Capital Quarter,
Tyndall Street,
CF10 4BZ

Key contacts

Maria Koureas-Jones

Maria Koureas-Jones


Andy Lynch

Andy Lynch


Stephen Downie

Stephen Downie


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