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What is involved?

Every financial transaction you make involves tax, whether you’re an individual or a fully-fledged company. Getting the right advice on taxation law could save you money and it is an essential consideration when managing your assets. The way you organise your shareholding and business structures has direct implications on your tax liabilities. You want to preserve your wealth, while protecting against any risks.

The ever-changing background of tax law makes it important to respond to regulations and ensure your accounts are in line with the law. With tax avoidance increasingly in the public eye, we’ll help guard you from penalties or the wrath of the media. Get in touch with us for sensible tax planning advice.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We advise on Corporate, Capital Gains, Income, Inheritance and Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Our team includes tax lawyers and chartered tax advisors for a 360° view of your affairs
  • Freeths lawyers clearly explain the traps and pitfalls of tax in plain English, so you know the risks
  • We are delighted to have been voted in the top tier for Corporate Tax in the Legal 500 guide
  • Enjoy the same level of experience and expertise as large city firms, at a fraction of the cost
  • We can combine all tax and legal advice on a transaction, reducing your overall spend

Our taxation solicitors are up to date with how UK law affects corporation tax, mergers, acquisitions and company restructuring.

You can rely on us for great tax property tax planning advice – we are also experts on the structure of collective schemes. Freeths take an analytical yet commercial approach, supporting all types of corporate transactions as well as VAT, Stamp Duty and SDLT planning.

Legal 500, 2020 Leading Firm Freeths LLP


You can expect practical, pragmatic advice on all situations; from owner-managed business, private equity and unit trusts to properties and funds.

These may include exit strategies and offshore structuring, groups of companies, employment tax and remuneration planning (including redundancy).

Meet the team

Tax Lawyers

Claire Boyce, Senior Associate & Chartered Tax Advisor

Claire Boyce
Senior Associate

0845 274 6947

Simon Ellis, Director

Simon Ellis

0845 128 7983

Richard Ferguson, Senior Associate

Richard Ferguson
Senior Associate

0845 030 5787

Adrian Hackett

Adrian Hackett

0845 077 9601

Sabah Iqbal, Solicitor

Sabah Iqbal

0845 274 6812

Bob Neal, Partner

Bob Neal

0845 634 1729

Jaspal Pachu

Jaspal Pachu

0845 128 6995

Robert Rowley

Robert Rowley

0845 634 9797

Matthew Switzer, Associate

Matthew Switzer
Senior Associate

0845 634 1738

Aidan Tynan

Aidan Tynan

0186 578 1208

Related news

"Bob Neal of Freeths LLP advises on a wide variety of tax issues, including those involving M&A, corporate reorganisations and the real estate sector. Clients say: 'From knowledge of tax matters to understanding idiosyncrasies and thinking outside the box, he is just exceptional and incredibly talented'."

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

"Simon Ellis 'has an unrivalled knowledge of commercial law and a strong appreciation of litigation tactics'."

(The Legal 500, 2017)

"Freeths LLP fields a team of thorough, motivated and knowledgeable individuals who go the extra mile and are a pleasure to work with."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

Notable Work
  • Sale of portfolio of 50+ let commercial properties for circa £60 million, including advice on key VAT and capital allowance issues.
  • Demerger of major student accommodation provider, including transfer of properties valued at £12.4 million to new company and onward transfer of that company. Freeths gave comprehensive tax advice on structuring given to ensure complete tax neutrality.
  • Successfully appealed against HMRC decision to enforce a £200,000 movement guarantee facility against a leading international haulier.
  • Conducted the landmark appeal of European Brand Trading Ltd versus HMRC to the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising a non-UK resident on the tax implications of investing in UK commercial property with a view to residential development, giving advice on the most suitable structure for the project.
  • Negotiated tax deeds entered into between an incoming corporate shareholder, outgoing shareholder and the target company, as part of a share purchase and subscription transaction.
  • Advising on the Stamp Duty Land Tax implications of a client’s acquisition of a £25 million+ residence and surrounding land, obtaining the client a tax liability saving of over £80,000.
  • Designing and implementing an employee share option scheme which incorporated growth shares to provide tax efficient value based incentives to key senior executives in anticipation of sale.
  • Successfully dealing with a formal enquiry raised by HMRC in relation to a transaction with a Stamp Duty Land Tax liability of £1.2 million.
  • Helped structure and drafted the legal documents for an £8 million limited partnership aiming to alleviate the poverty premium.
  • Successfully negotiated with HMRC to withdraw Follower Notice and APN penalities levied on our client in respect of a tax avoidance scheme. We also managed to secure a favourable settlement and payment plan for our client with HMRC.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Talk to us

Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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