Research and development (R&D) tax firmForrestBrown, is extending the range of services it offers under its FB Consulting arm.  

The R&D tax specialist already offers end-to-end claim preparation for clients accessing the SME and RDEC tax incentives. FB Consulting builds on experience developed supporting R&D claims since ForrestBrown was founded in 2013. Led by ForrestBrown Director, James Dudbridge, the team draws on the expertise of chartered tax advisers, accountants, lawyers and sector specialists with industry experience in R&D-intensive fields such as software, engineering and manufacturing.  

FB Consulting services include due diligence to ensure R&D tax risks have been considered as part of mergers and acquisitions, highlighting any post-sale implications and advising on a strategy for future claims. The team also carry out full claim reviews and training for in-house teams seeking fresh perspectives on project identification, claim methodology and risk management.  

With forthcoming changes to the treatment of R&D tax relief carried out overseas likely to have implications for UK-based companies leading global innovation programmes, FB Consulting also provides comparative analysis of the international innovation landscape to inform global R&D investment strategy.  

Demand for HMRC enquiry support has increased in recent months, with FB Consulting working with companies facing scrutiny of claims they prepared themselves or with other advisers or partners. The FB Consulting team devise and deliver strategies that balance preserving claim value, reducing risk of penalties and securing speedy solutions – all the while protecting the client’s reputation.  

ForrestBrown Director, James Dudbridge, said: “FB Consulting recognises that no two business are the same. Every client has different challenges and opportunities, which is why we put together a specialist team for each client to ensure we provide practical and actionable outcomes tailored to their needs. Innovation has an important role to play, particularly in challenging economic conditions. The services FB Consulting offers can help companies navigate the innovation tax landscape, ensuring they are best positioned to deliver advances in products, process and services which will benefit the wider economy and society.”

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