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Brodies LLP’s Isobel d’Inverno is noted for her Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) knowledge, and has also been at the vanguard of Scotland’s new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), having advised the Scottish Government on its introduction. Alan Barr handles the full range of business and personal tax issues.

In addition to undertaking advisory work across the spectrum of direct and indirect taxes, Gwen Souter’s team at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP handles the tax planning and structuring aspects of Scottish and UK-wide corporate deals. It also recently assisted clients with commercial property transactions falling within the SDLT or LBTT regimes. Lorna McCaa advised Aberdeen Asset Management on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Parmenion Capital Partners and its sister company, Self Directed Holdings.

Burness Paull LLP advises businesses on tax issues at every lifecycle stage, from start-up and expansion to acquisition, divestment and exit. John Finnick’s team not only acts for Scotland-based clients on tax issues concerning domestic and outbound activities, but also inbound investors. In 2015, Finnick acted for Standard Life on its acquisition of Pearson Jones from Skipton Building Society.

MacRoberts LLP’s Ainsley MacLaren advises on a wide range of taxes, including SDLT and VAT, for commercial and property clients. MacLaren advised Idox plc on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Reading Room. Carillion plc, Johnston Press and W&J Knox are other clients.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Karen Davidson advised the selling shareholders of By the Bridge Limited on the tax aspects of the company’s sale to Cambian Group for £36m. Christine Yuill dealt with tax issues arising from an energy company’s disposal of its North Sea assets.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team advises on a range of corporate and personal tax issues, including SDLT, capital gains tax and VAT. It has particularly notable expertise in tax issues arising from corporate and property transactions. Stephen Miller advised iomart Group on the tax aspects of its acquisition of United Communications Limited. Rodger Cairns is also recommended.

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