Corporate tax in South East

Shoosmiths LLP

The Thames Valley team at Shoosmiths LLPgives clear, commercial advice', with expertise in advising investors and investee companies alike on enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trust compliant investments. Exemplifying this in particular is practice head Tom Wilde, who is a leading expert in this field nationally. The team benefits from the wider department’s real estate tax practice, led by Daniel Kennedy, who also has considerable experience in providing transactional corporate tax advice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Wilde

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Kennedy


‘Tom Wilde is very commercial and always delivers a quality service.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of VCT provisions and can give clear, commercial advice whilst staying within the boundaries of the VCT regulations.’

Key clients


Octopus Investments Limited

Shareholders of Gravity Global Limited

Beringea LLP

Shareholders of Metals and Materials Limited

Deepbridge Capital LLP

Vita Living

Marstons plc

Everbridge, Inc.

Gresham House Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised XPO on certain real estate tax aspects of the demerger undertaken to separate the transport and logistics segments of the listed company.
  • Advised Octopus on their investment into APLYiD, a reg-tech business headquartered in New Zealand.
  • Advised the management of Gravity Global Limited in connection with the private equity investment by Elysian Capital into the Gravity Global Group.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP‘s corporate tax team works alongside the firm’s wider corporate practice to support the firm’s M&A offering, regularly advising on transactions involving complex equity incentive structures. Standalone tax advisory work is becoming a more significant part of the group’s offering, but advice involving exit tax planning and M&A transactions involving complex equity incentive structures remains a staple. Entrepreneurial clients, owner-managers and SMEs from a variety of sectors instruct the team, which was formed in 2008 by practice head Kate Schmit.

Practice head(s):

Kate Schmit

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Balchin


‘Kate Schmit is first class. Our go-to for tax support on transactions. Responsive, commercial, and first rate communication skills.’

‘Stevens & Bolton offers a full service for M&A transactions. The team is technically excellent, whilst being commercial and offering a friendly and personable service.’

‘Sarah Balchin is brilliant. She simplifies tax issues and is never afraid to advise her clients on the best route forward. Her commerciality and awareness of deal sensitivities mean that working with Sarah is always a pleasure.’

‘Professional, experienced, and well informed in the tech industry. Efficient and pragmatic yet friendly, encouraging and helpful for executives without legal expertise/training.’

‘Sound technical knowledge matched by a willingness to understand client needs and offer pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients


Seal Software Limited

Shareholders of Zenitech

Founders of Tonic Games Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of Tonic Games Limited (developer of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knock Out) in relation to their exit by means of the sale of the entire issued share capital to Epic Games, Inc. (developer of Fortnite).
  • Advising CANCOM SE on the sale of CANCOM UK and Ireland to Telefónica S.A.
  • Advised in connection with the acquisition of Techsil Group.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

As well as advising on tax planning issues and employee remuneration schemes, Field Seymour Parkes LLP advises on domestic corporate group restructurings and the subsequent transaction clearance applications to HMRC.

Practice head(s):

Rob Crowther; Sue Vandersteen

Other key lawyers:

Ben Oliver