LEADING Cumbrian accountancy and business advisory firm Armstrong Watson and the Medical Defence Union partner to provide tax, accountancy and business advisory services.

As part of the collaboration, Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK's leading medical defence organisation, members, and it's partner organisation the Dental Defence Union (DDU), will receive access to a free, dedicated telephone advice line to discuss financial matters, as well as a preferential rate for Armstrong Watson’s services.

Armstrong Watson looks after a large portfolio of healthcare clients across primary and secondary care as well as within private settings. 

Its specialist healthcare team, led by Accounting Partner Morag Miller, provides guidance and advice on a wide range of business and financial services including annual accounts, tax returns, tax planning and compliance, corporate finance, business funding and accounting technology solutions.

The firm is a member of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA), which promotes and exchanges the best practice in the field of medical finance.

Morag Miller, Accounting Partner and Head of Healthcare at Armstrong Watson, said: “We are delighted to offer our expertise as an added benefit to MDU members. The sector has faced unprecedented challenges throughout the pandemic and we’ve done all we can to support our clients along the way.

“We’re happy to help in any way we can to ensure healthcare workers can focus on caring for their patients, whilst knowing their tax and accounting affairs are in order.

“Our dedicated healthcare team is highly experienced in providing accounting, tax and business advisory services to healthcare professionals.

“When we know and understand our client’s aspirations and goals, we provide robust and commercial financial advice to help them achieve these whilst also ensuring they are fully compliant with the appropriate regulatory bodies.

“Working with the MDU is a really exciting opportunity and a chance for our brilliant team to share their sector-specific financial knowledge and expertise.”

Dr Hugh Stewart, the MDU’s Professional Services Director, added: “We are delighted to partner with Armstrong Watson to offer our members this new service. Healthcare professionals work under enormous pressure and the MDU and DDU want to support them in as many ways as we can.

“It’s reassuring to know that our members now have access to an enhanced tax and accountancy service, provided by specialists in the healthcare field, on preferential terms.”

Morag Miller joined the Leeds office as Partner in 2018, heading up the firm’s health care specialism.

She has extensive experience within the medical sector, having worked with NHS organisations (primary and secondary care) and GPs, providing compliance, advisory and consultancy services. Morag finds the Health Sector both interesting and incredibly dynamic and keenly keeps abreast of the continuous change within it

Armstrong Watson has a network of 17 offices throughout the north of England and Scotland, with 38 partners and over 420 team members in a variety of areas such as: Accountancy, Audit, Business & Personal Tax, VAT, Corporate Finance, Business Strategy, Forensic Accounting & Expert Witness, Payroll, Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Planning & Wealth Management. Armstrong Watson is ranked as the UK’s 28th largest accountancy firm in Accountancy Age magazine’s top 50 accountancy firms (2020).

The MDU/DDU is a not-for-profit organisation wholly dedicated to our members’ interests. Our team is led and staffed by doctors and dentists with real-life experience of the pressures and challenges faced in practice.