The work of the tax team can be broadly divided into four main categories:
Corporate support. A significant proportion of our work involves supporting our national team of over 95 corporate lawyers. In this respect we commonly advise on the tax implications of private equity transactions and transaction structuring, M&A, tax planning for management teams, reorganisations and restructuring including debt restructuring and demergers and advice on joint venture projects.
VCT and EIS. We have one of the UK’s leading VCT/EIS tax practices and, as such, a significant proportion of our time is dedicated to advising investors and, in some cases, individual shareholders on their qualifying investments. We structure and restructure investments to ensure compliance and frequently engage with HMRC to seek clearances and to better understand and pre-empt the impact of the continuously evolving legislative framework in this area.
Real estate support. As a firm we employ over 200 real estate practitioners. Part of the role of our tax team is to support those practitioners by advising on SDLT, LBTT, VAT, capital allowances and the CIS. We have a large number of developer clients whom we structure development transactions for, giving rise to more complex real estate project based tax issues.
Employee incentives. We frequently implement ESS and EMI schemes, both on a stand-alone basis and in the context of M&A and private equity deal structuring. We also implement and advise on growth/hurdle share schemes, CSOPs and SAYE schemes.
A thriving three Partner team lead by Kate Featherstone and Tom Wilde, this role offers an excellent opportunity for the successful individual to become involved in a broad range of tax issues.