A Fraser & Co Solicitors is a small conveyancing practice in Inverness city centre. The firm deals with house sales, wills, conveyancing, power of attorney applications, executries, immigration and more. Managing director Alasdair Fraser appointed Nick at Goldwells as the firm’s accountant three years ago and has sought his advice on various accounting matters, including the business set up and payroll, as well as more recently advice regarding the regulations that affect business as a result of. the coronavirus pandemic. “At the start of lockdown, I sought advice on furlough, and lately on taking staff off furlough,” said Mr Fraser. “It was useful to discuss the flexible furlough scheme with Nick, gaining specific advice on interpreting the law. “Like many businesses, we had a query at one point over eligibility, as well as a claim for backdated furlough, and I relied on Nick’s advice on both matters. Thankfully with Nick’s support in due course we did receive payment of sums for which the Inland Revenue had initially said we were not eligible. Well done Nick!” “We have now also asked Goldwells to take over the payroll for the business. Our staff, including part timers numbers eight. It has become clear that it is more effective to have an external expert take responsibility for this, than dealing with individual salaries in-house.” “I am pleased with the way we have managed the business during the lockdown, particularly as we are now fairly busy. We appreciate the advice from Goldwells, which has helped ensure that the practice is in a good position to move forward.” Alasdair Fraser Alasdair Fraser Solicitors