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Tax is money. Whether for your business, for your employees, for your shareholders or for you, our Tax Team understand that managing your tax position is of critical importance. Inevitably it is an area riddled with complexity and requires advisers with the highest technical abilities. Tax law can often influence the way businesses are structured and as a result how transactions are effected. The right advice not only reduces risk but saves money. However, the tax rules are changed with alarming frequency and being up to date is a constant project.

Yet this is not enough. A tax advisor not only needs to know the rules but needs to understand what drives businesses and transactions to be able to add real value to clients. However just as important is the commercial awareness of the context in which such complex issues are to be considered. It is this balance of the technical skills with commercial awareness which sets our Tax Team apart.

All our tax advisors are commercial lawyers experienced in structuring transactions and negotiating deals both with the tax authorities and other parties. The emphasis is not on the calculation of tax but on giving practical and commercial advice to save our clients money.

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Transactional efficiencies

We work with our clients to achieve exceptional results. We are able to consider all the aspects of a proposed transaction and identify the potential pitfalls that the tax system can create for the non specialist. We advise on M&As, private equity transactions, IPOs, incorporation, corporate and partnership structures, debt instruments and property taxation.

Value creation

We are on top of the ever-changing tax system and we’re always vigilant for new opportunities to reduce unnecessary tax burdens in a measured way. We’re quick to adopt new ideas, including both government-promoted schemes and also bespoke creative arrangements.

Supporting business goals

We’re able to advise as to the optimum structures for businesses and investments, including advising on investments under the EIS/VCT regimes, and share incentive arrangements including EMI, CSOP, all-employee plans, and a variety of bespoke growth share and cash-bonus arrangements. We have experience across many companies of different sizes with differing incentivisation requirements.

Achieving results

We have not only successfully defended clients under HMRC investigation, but we have also claimed back overpaid taxes of many millions of pounds for our clients following review by us of previous dealings.

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