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Nigel Watson

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Brodies LLP

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Commercial services.


Partner advising companies and owner managed businesses on everything to do with employee share ownership, tax-effective reward structures and remuneration design and execution. Having previously worked at major London law firms, including a leading remuneration consultancy and a major investment bank (being a 16 month secondment), Nigel has extensive experience in all aspects of the design, implementation and operation of employee incentive plans both domestic and overseas. For example: long term incentive plans; executive shares plans; all-employee plans; value share arrangements; and performance-related pay plans, such as bonus plans.


Qualified 2000; assistant solicitor at city law firm 2000-04; senior remuneration consultant at executive compensation practice 2004-07; managing associate at city law firm 2007-11; partner Brodies LLP 2012.


Law Society of England and Wales; Share Plan Lawyer Group.


BA (Hons), CPE, LPC


Walking, reading, family

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

The team at Brodies LLP provides 'very measured, constructive advice - nothing flash, just pragmatic and reliable'. Isobel D’Inverno and Alan Barr lead the team, which provides tax support on M&A and real estate transactions, advises on tax issues in the oil and gas sector and handles investment funds-related tax matters, among many other areas. D'Inverno is particularly sought after to advise on issues associated with Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Heather Thompson, who is a recent hire from Turcan Connell, is experienced in advising family and owner-managed businesses on a broad cross-section of personal, corporate and real estate tax issues. Heather Gibson is 'a very intelligent and industrious person, with an eye for detail'. Nigel Watson is a share scheme and employee remuneration tax expert. Associate Bob Langridge is also recommended. A highlight for the team in 2017 involved advising Axis Capital Holdings Limited on the tax aspects of its £477m offer to acquire Novae Plc. Another matter involved assisting a joint venture between Moda Living and Apache Capital with tax issues related its acquisition from Grosvenor of a build to rent site at Springfield, Edinburgh.

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