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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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Supreme Court declines to extend scope of legal advice privilege to non-lawyersBy Gagan Ranu
In one of the most eagerly awaited and significant rulings of recent times, the Supreme Court, by a majority of 5-2, has ruled that accountants will not be able to claim legal advice privilege in relation to tax advice provided to their clients.
Use of freelancers: Sensible tax planning or “morally wrong”? By Victoria Goode
In the current economic climate there has been a growing trend among politicians and the press to condemn tax planning as a “form of cheating” which “smacks of cynicism” and “greed”. The targets for attack have ranged from “non-doms” who, if certain conditions are satisfied are able to keep non-UK income and gains outside UK tax, to Jimmy Carr who confessed to a “terrible error of judgement” in using a Jersey based planning scheme which apparently enabled him to pay a 1% effective tax rate on his income
Thorny problemsBy Sara Cohen
In an article for Taxation magazine, Sara Cohen discusses the Office of Tax Simplification's proposals for unapproved share schemes.