McLaughlin Crolla was formed to offer independent advisory services to entrepreneurial businesses, high net worth individuals & their families.

The partners are pro-active, interested in long term relationships with our clients to help them be successful in both their business and personal lives.  Our own experience of running businesses over the past 25 years allows us to understand the gamut of issues that can arise, whether directly related to the business or in relation to succession planning.

We constantly look beyond the narrow point at issue and consider the wider context to help make family businesses prosper and succeed in an ever-changing environment.


McLaughlin Crolla is focused on providing strategic taxation and financial advice to companies and individuals across a broad range of industry sectors.

The partners have many years’ experience in strategic advising as well as raising funds both for clients and their own businesses.


Tax has always been an important business consideration, but in today’s environment sensible tax planning is the key to many objectives.

McLaughlin Crolla provides bespoke taxation advice to owner managers and their businesses, whether trading or investment.

We have over 60 years’ combined experience in advising SME businesses on all aspects of taxation and two of our partners are long-time members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Family businesses – our focus encompasses

  • succession planning – whether within the family or with a view to an eventual exit;
  • asset protection – looking at business structures to ensure assets are ring-fenced appropriately, minimising risk without affecting commerciality
  • return on investment – advising on how to maximise and extract value tax-efficiently
  • conflict – ideally anticipating, or else advising on, family/shareholder/director conflict

Offshore – we have many years’ experience advising UK and non-UK domiciled clients on relevant tax issues when either entering or leaving the UK; we work with experienced tax counsel to provide bespoke solutions

Strategic advice – we have long experience with

  • Start up businesses – funding / structure etc.
  • Growth – acquisition or merger / raising capital via external funding/share capital/loan capital
  • Profitable – maximising tax reliefs and allowances / efficient cash extraction for business owners / recruitment & retention of key staff
  • Loss making – minimising costs, expediting tax reliefs/refunds
  • Restructuring – merger / demerger / tax efficient reconstructions
  • Succession or exit – strategic planning to minimise tax on exit / future IHT exposure

Compliance issues –  McLaughlin Crolla has specialist expertise in dealing with all types of HMRC enquiries from straightforward aspect enquiries through to complex serious fraud investigations under HMRC’s COP9 CDF (Contractual Disclosure Facility).

We also have considerable experience negotiating settlements with HMRC on behalf of clients who may have been involved in tax avoidance schemes, whether tailored or not.

Corporate Finance

We advise growth companies at all stages of their development, including:

  • Fund raising both Bank and Venture Finance
  • Refinancing
  • Restructuring
  • Outsourcing
  • Strategic events (acquisitions, disposals, returns of capital etc)
  • Company Strategy

Our strengths in strategic financial advice are underpinned by close client relationships, a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and a shared motivation to see them achieve their goals and ambitions.

This is strengthened by the in-depth tax knowledge of the Partners.


We offer full accounting, corporate tax and personal tax compliance services to our clients as well as company secretarial services.

Business Support

We offer support to clients for management accounts work, financial projections and profitability analysis.



Aidan McLaughlin

More than 30 years’ experience in tax, advising businesses / owner managers

Specialist experience in reconstructions, acquisitions, mergers/demergers, funding and corporate finance generally

All aspects of tax advisory including: cash extraction, corporate tax planning, R&D tax credits & capital allowances, share valuation & share incentives both approved and unapproved

Tax investigations work / negotiation with HMRC


Kevin Brown

Kevin has over 20 years’ experience in finance, including almost 10 years as internal accountant for a niche consultancy and latterly acting as financial controller and Company Secretary for a listed high-profile Scottish investment company.

Kevin joined McLaughlin Crolla as Finance Manager in 2017 and was appointed Partner in May 2020.


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Tel: 0131 220 9390

77/2 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EE

McLaughlin Crolla LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Scotland and regulated by the Chartered Institute of Taxation for the purposes of UK anti-money laundering regulations.

Registered Number: SO302329