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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Burges Salmon LLP's team regularly provides tax support to other departments in the firm on matters such as corporate restructurings and real estate transactions. It is also sought out to provide standalone tax advice in its own right. Recently promoted partner Ian Carnochan leads the practice, which is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious matters. Sarah Lane, who has previous experience of working as a partner at a 'big four' accounting firm, demonstrates strong capabilities in UK and international tax controversies. She also has expertise in tax issues connected with fund structurings, real estate issues, joint ventures and treasury tax. Nigel Popplewell is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Ian Carnochan; Sarah Lane

Other key lawyers:Nigel Popplewell; Jessica King; John Barnett


'Outstanding expertise and deep insight of market practice and revenue authority tolerance'

'Ethics and integrity are visible practiced'

'Deep knowledge of areas of expertise, great presentation and negotiation skills and strong listeners'

'Sarah Lane and John Barnett are stand-out partners'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Yeo Valley Group Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

The Church Commissioners

Battery Energy Storage Solutions

Chatterjee Group

Shareholders of Ad Bruf

Toolstream Limited

Wales Pension Partnership

Work highlights

  • The team provides ongoing tax advice to the Crown Estate in relation to agricultural property transactions.
  • Advised Yeo Valley Group Limited on the corporate tax aspects of the disposal of Yeo Valley Dairies Limited to Arla Foods Limited.
  • Advised Wales Pension Partnership on tax aspects of the establishment of an FCA-authorised vehicle to deliver pooling benefits.
  • Provided tax advice to Hydro International's senior management team in respect of the buyout of the client by private equity firm Agilitas.
  • Provided tax advice to management in respect of the Warburg Pincus-backed buy-out of Supplier Assessment Services (Constructionline) from Capita.

Ashfords LLP distinguishes itself in corporate reorganisations, particularly in the context of demerging high-value property investment businesses without incurring tax liabilities for associated shareholders or the companies involved in the demerger. The team regularly provides tax structuring advice for corporate groups, standalone entities and individual private clients. It also has significant experience of employment taxation, cross-border tax issues, VAT and stamp duty, among other areas. Practice head Angus Bauer primarily advises clients on income, corporate and capital gains tax issues.

Practice head(s):Angus Bauer

Other key lawyers:Nicola Manclark

Key Clients

Galliford Try Partnerships Limited

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Gemalto N.V

Schlumberger Plc

Centrax Limited

Datarama Technologies Limited

Taylor Wimpey Plc

Wessex Exploration Plc

Swallowfield Plc

BDW Trading Limited Plc

Eden Ventures

Cogen Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised selling shareholders in the sale of all the shares in Cut4Cloth Limited to True Capital Limited, and also part rollover of shares into the buying vehicle. The team advised on structuring the sale, applying for and obtaining income tax and capital gains tax clearances and negotiation of tax aspects of sale and purchase documentation.
  • Advised Swallowfield Plc on the acquisition of Fish London Limited, including tax aspects of transaction documents and VAT issues relating to separate purchase of IP rights.
  • Advised the management team and the buying company on the purchase of all the issued share capital on the management buyout ("MBO") of Torbay Leisure Hotel Limited, including negotiating tax issues in the share-purchase agreement and advising on employment-related securities.
  • Advised Cogen Limited on stamp duty land tax in connection with the site of a developing power plan, as well as negotiating tax aspects of the agreement with the investor.

Foot Anstey handles both contentious and non-contentious corporate tax matters for clients such as private equity houses, household-name corporates and high net worth individuals. A notable feature of the practice is that, on the contentious side, the firm conducts the majority of tax litigation in-house, as opposed to instructing external barristers. Non-contentious work includes advising on employment-related taxation, and assisting with the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations and commercial real estate transactions. Plymouth-based John Pindard, who heads up the team, is both a qualified lawyer and Chartered Tax Adviser. Anna Parker made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):John Pindard

Other key lawyers:Anna Parker

Key Clients

United Business Media


Mole Valley Farmers Limited


B & Q Plc.

China Fleet Country Club

Devon Waste Management

TIGL Holdings

Maybank UK

Go-Train Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed to provide tax support in relation to the client's equity investment into a plant hire business.
  • Advised tax support regarding an investment by private equity house into the client's target company.
  • Asked to provide corporate tax opinion on the likelihood of an existing corporate structure qualifying as an Enterprise Investment Scheme compliant structure.
  • Instructed to advise the client on maximising the amount of capital allowances  claimed as a result of a contribution to works.
  • Advised the client on the VAT treatment of fees charged under their current terms of engagement.

Osborne Clarke's tax practice covers both UK and cross-border standalone tax advisory, structuring and transactional work. It generates work from clients across multiple sectors, such as technology, media and communications, real estate and infrastructure, private equity and healthcare. Erika Jupe, who leads the international tax practice, advises overseas companies on their investments into the UK and Europe, as well as advising clients in the renewable energy sector. Tracey Wright, who heads up the corporate tax offering, is heavily involved with the real estate and infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):Tracey Wright

Other key lawyers:Erika Jupe

Key Clients

Gram Games


Equitix and Campus Living Villages


Cloud Savings Company


Addington Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on tax structuring and completion of its cross-border sale to Zynga Inc.
  • Assisted the client with bond-financed student accommodation project, providing tax opinion on financing and tax assumptions report.
  • Advised the client on the tax structure in relation to the acquisition of Lochailort Reading Limited.
  • Provided stamp tax advice to the client as part of a wider international reorganisation and planned merger with Alstom.
  • Advised on the tax structuring and disposal of Emerald Electron Limited, a company holding a solar portfolio.

TLT's corporate tax team is strong in both personal and business tax, and provides advice to national and international companies, management teams, owner-managers and land developers. Notable strengths include real estate taxes, employee share schemes and tax structuring for company sales. Practice head Ben Watson is highly experienced in all aspects of employee tax, employment-related securities and employee share schemes.

Practice head(s):Ben Watson

Key Clients

Boohoo group Plc

WHSmith Plc

Molson Construction Equipment

ExamWorks UK

Aardman Animations Limited

Swan Housing Group

Endless LLP


Francis Flower

Encore Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Dymag Group on EIS and VCT aspects of a £3.6m private equity investment, including successfully obtaining HMRC clearance.
  • Acted for WHSmith Plc on its acquisition of Cult Pens, the team advised in-house counsel on dealing with transaction documentation and related due diligence issues.
  • Advised Peabody Trust on ways to mitigate stamp duty land tax liability for the acquisition of shared ownership units from Bellway Homes.
  • Provided advice and solutions to ExamWorks UK on a range of tax issues related to the acquisition of the Kindertons Group by the client.
  • Advised Francis Flower on tax aspects of the sale of the business to Swedish state-owned LKAB Minerals.

VWV is increasingly instructed in matters with an international aspect and a significant portion of its work involves acting for non-UK domiciled individuals with business interests in the UK. It also advises clients in the charities and education sectors. Emma Bradley leads the team, whose expertise includes high-value SDLT and VAT planning, HMRC disputes and cross-border tax structuring. The group works closely with practitioners in various other areas - such as corporate, real estate, employment and private client - to advise clients on a broad cross-section of tax issues.

Practice head(s):Emma Bradley

Key Clients

Morgan Lloyd Administration Limited

Bellevue Education Group

Magmatic Limited t/a Trunki


University of Bristol

Work highlights

  • Advised The United Church Schools Trust/The United Church Schools Foundation on VAT issues with the result of  achieving a tax saving.
  • Assisted the owner of Daneshill School with the tax aspects of the sale of the school to the Duke of Wellington Estate
  • Provided cross-border tax advice to a foreign legal firm, specifically in relation to UK stamp duty.
  • Represented an international executive in a high-value income tax dispute.
  • Successfully defended a client from an HMRC enquiry.

The corporate tax practice of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has notable expertise in the energy, finance and private equity sectors, and regularly handles cross-border matters relating to UK investment by foreign clients. Within the aforementioned sectors, the team, led by managing associate Ronan Lowney, advises on restructuring, reorganisation of share capital and tax incentives.

Practice head(s):Ronan Lowney

Key Clients

Piper Private Equity

RES UK & Ireland








Work highlights

  • The team advised Sojitz Corporation on tax issues relating to the sale of Sojitz Energy Project Limited, including streaming losses associated with the different assets and ensuring mutual recovery from each party.
  • Advised Sojitz Energy Project Limited on VAT issues and capital allowances related to the sale of the client's LPG distribution business to Flogas.
  • Advised Transdev Plc on tax issues arising from a strategic transaction, including analysis of chargeable gains and VAT position on pre-acquisition restructuring.
  • Provided tax advice to Piper Private Equity on investment structures and negotiated tax issues in the deal documentation related to a growth capital investment.
  • Advised LDC on tax issues related to an investment, including negotiations with HMRC and transaction documents.

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