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At Blake Morgan LLP, practice head Simon Court has a strong focus on transactional tax matters. The group advised Beagle Healthcare and Albion Ventures on the tax aspects of its sale of joint venture Orchard Portman House to Cygnet Health Care.

Clarke Willmott LLP advised the sellers on the tax implications of the sale of shares in Forthglade Foods. Niall Murphy has ‘all-round skills and knowledge.’

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, Kate Schmit is experienced in advising on transactional tax matters, exit planning, corporate reorganisations and real estate tax. It has noted an increase in work for management teams relating to employee shareholder agreements. Clients include State Oil and Monitise.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP has a strong track record advising on the tax aspects of UK inward investment, due, in part, to the expertise of department head Philippa Roles. Highlights included advising Encryptics on establishing a parent company and trading operations in the UK, which involved tax planning and R&D tax relief.

Shoosmiths LLP’s team is led by Tom Wilde, who also leads the firm’s enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trusts tax practice. Wilde advised Octopus Investments on its investment into the HST Group.

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