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Gowling WLG is particularly known for its strength in real estate tax, where it provides ‘commercial and practical advice on complex issues’. Department head Lee Nuttall is ‘very experienced’, and director Chris Nyland is ‘technically excellent’. The team also handles corporate work, with an example being Zoe Fatchen’s tax advice to the departing CEO and management team in the MBO of Aeromet International. A particular specialism is the development of warranty and indemnity insurance in relation to tax liabilities.

The ‘commercial and problem-solving’ team at Parisi Tax LLP Birmingham has a broad practice, taking in Becky Rees’ expertise in EIS/SEIS and Jennie Newton’s ‘robust advice’ on property tax. On the corporate transactional side, ‘standout lawyer’ Lisa Stevenson advised the management shareholders on the tax aspects of the sale of RFIB Holdings to Calera Capital.

DLA Piper UK LLP has significant strength in real estate transactions and structuring, with one specialist area being student accommodation. Mark Burgess heads the team and handles all areas of corporate and real estate taxation; in one highlight, Burgess advised Oaktree Capital on the tax aspects of the sale of 13 student accommodation properties via share sales. Aviva and Blackstone Group are key clients.

The ‘commercially and technically astuteJon Stevens leads the team at DWF, which focuses on real estate and M&A tax. In addition to advising Colony Capital on the property tax aspects of its purchase of the Gemini property portfolio, the team assisted CentralNic Group with the tax elements of its acquisition of Instra. Stevens is known for his expertise in business premises renovation allowances.

At Gateley Plc, James Gopsill advises on all areas of corporate tax, real estate tax and share schemes, and specialises in the taxation of real estate investment, development and urban regeneration. Senior associate Martin Jahreiss is recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is led by dual-qualified chartered tax adviser and lawyer Andrew Noble, who focuses on corporate, public sector, and property tax. Noble assisted the management team of Insure The Box with the tax aspects of its share sale to Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance. Associate Beth Dowson is the other name to note.

Higgs & Sons provides a ‘first-class service’ under the leadership of Susheel Gupta, who is particularly strong on corporate tax planning work. Highlights included advising the shareholders of Domotec on the tax aspects of the group’s reorganisation. The team was enhanced by a number of hires, including chartered tax adviser Adam Rollason from RSM.

Henry Davenport is the main contact at Knights Professional Services Limited, where areas of focus include corporate transactions, employee share schemes and capital gains tax planning.

At Mills & Reeve LLP, Kevin Lowe provided tax advice on a range of corporate transactions, including acting for the shareholders on the sale of My Goodness to Aurivo.

Shoosmiths LLP’s Kate Featherstonecuts through the detail’ and specialises in corporate tax. In a notable deal, Featherstone advised Indutrade on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Adaero Precision Components.

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