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Our Tax team specialise in providing tailored advice and practical assistance on all aspects of commercial tax, including all relevant tax aspects for UK property, in an easily understandable way. We provide companies and the entrepreneurs, directors and owner managers behind them with clear and practical business tax advice.
We are unashamedly besotted with corporate and commercial tax law, which may make us a little unpopular at parties, but does mean we are excellent advisors. Our clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs to global listed groups, including large media, advertising and newspaper groups, house-hold brand names, venture capitalists and funds.
Tax is a key consideration at every major stage of a company's life. Clients may be starting off a new business venture, looking to raise finance or invest in a company, rewarding or incentivising management or other employees, dealing with the departure of key owner managers, bringing in new blood, moving on or selling up. In each case, we are expert in helping our clients to achieve their commercial objectives in a way which mitigates tax risk and maximises tax efficiency.
Our favourites areas include M&A, buy-outs, buybacks, reorganisations, funds, investment, debt structuring, transfer pricing, capital gains tax planning, partnerships, VAT planning and international tax structures. Our expertise covers a range of sectors from sports and entertainment to media and advertising to technology and insurance. We can provide the tax planning and strategies required to help all our clients achieve their objectives and goals.
Tax legislation is often complex and changes can be fast moving. This is where we are able to help. Our clients range from entrepreneurs to large multinational PLCs. The types of property we advise on vary from development sites, high value residential to commercial premises. Our clients usually all have the same concern - to understand the specific tax treatment for a transaction. We have the expertise within the team to provide clients with clear, commercially sound tax advice. This is invaluable for getting the transaction moving in the right direction from the outset and ensuring matters progress smoothly.
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Loans to participators in a close company – a tax updateBy Sara Cohen
This article is a reminder of the pitfalls to look out for when a close company is making a loan to one of its participators; and includes recent legislation to close a loophole.
Remuneration Code for banks, building societies and investment firmsBy Richard Miskella, Victoria Goode, Sara Cohen, Jonathan Carr
In December 2013 the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) (the bodies which took over the regulation of the financial services sector from the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) on 1 April 2013) issued a new Remuneration Code (“the New Code”) taking into account the requirements of the fourth amendment to the Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD4”). The remuneration requirements of CRD4 build on the remuneration requirements of the third amendment to Capital Requirement Directive (“CRD3”) which aimed to align remuneration principles in banks, building societies and investment firms across the EU and, in particular, to impose restrictions affecting the structure and timing of bonus payments including for example deferring entitlement to bonuses already earned by individuals.
Streamlining partnership: The wider impact of the UK LLP tax changesBy Fergus Payne
In an article for Managing Partner, Fergus Payne discusses the impact of controversial UK LLP tax changes.