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Richard Woolich

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Richard now leads the UK tax group and also leads the international VAT group with its growing global reputation and presence. His key clients include Bet365, Pokerstars and Royal Mail, VATit, RBS, Pfizer, Cornerstone, Mass Mutual, Lloyds Banking Group, Sellar Property Group and Rabobank. Richard advises in particular on real estate transactions, JVs, and funds, involving the UK and international elements on VAT on finance, online gaming, cross border goods and services and real estate. He is the co-author of ‘Stamp Duty Land Tax’, published by Sweet & Maxwell in November 2014, speaks regularly at conferences and is a frequent writer of articles in tax journals, notably BNA, Tax Journal and Practical European Tax Strategies.


Qualified 1989; Nabarro Nathanson, 1990 to 1996; head of UK tax, K&L Gates 1996 to 2007; partner DLA Piper 2007; head of UK tax DLA Piper 2013 to date. Publications of note: co-author of Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Stamp Duty Land Tax’; co-author of Gee’s VAT Planning.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; associate member of Chartered Institute of Taxation; VAT Practitioners Group; Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group.


St Paul’s School, London; Cambridge University, Law MA; Guildford College of Law, Law Society Finals; CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser, Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation).



London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Woolich - DLA Piper

Within: Corporate tax

The 'excellent' group at DLA Piper handles the spectrum of corporate, real estate and finance tax work, in addition to a wide variety of transfer pricing matters involving acquisitions and restructuring. The team is led by 'true grandee of City tax' Richard Woolich, who advised ING on the tax aspects of its refinancing of the Gherkin building. Building on an existing firm relationship, Paul Rutherford advised Heineken UK on UK tax matters arising from its acquisition of Punch Taverns, and on the subsequent separation of the Punch Taverns Group between Heineken and Patron. He also assisted BrewDog in relation to a £1bn investment into the company by TSG Consumer Partners. Also recommended are Neville Wright (who specialises in finance and real estate work) and new arrival Ben Brown, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in July 2017.

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VAT and indirect tax

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Woolich - DLA Piper

Within: VAT and indirect tax

DLA Piper's indirect tax practice has developed a specialism in standalone post-BEPS advisory work (for which it leverages the firm's presence across the EU and globally) in addition to handling a steady diet of transactional matters. Richard Woolich leads the team and focuses on financial services, gambling, real estate VAT and cross-border goods and services, while the indirect tax disputes team is led by Geoffrey Tack. Highlights for the group included advising on the indirect tax aspects of the refinancing of the Gherkin building; and, in a separate matter, advising DTZ Investments in relation to the establishment of a fund to invest in French real estate, which involved  significant UK cross-border VAT issues. Ben Brown joined the team from Allen & Overy LLP in July 2017.

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