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Corporate tax in West Midlands

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises a broad roster of high-profile clients, including private companies, public sector bodies and financial institutions, and has notable expertise in multinational group and real estate tax structuring. The department is led by veteran tax expert Mark Burgess, who specialises in both corporate and real estate tax and is supported by legal director Nick Hinton, who shares this focus. Hinton is also familiar with employee incentive share options and other employee benefits. Both Hinton and Burgess are based in the firm’s Birmingham office.

Practice head(s):

Mark Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Nick Hinton


‘I found the corporate tax team at DLA Piper to be responsive. They give commercially-focused, targeted advice on complex matters. The team were willing and able to adjust their focus to the level of the individual client; recognising and acknowledging the correct level to pitch advice at depending on who they are dealing with. Uniquely strong technically, and from a client care perspective.’

‘Nick Hinton is technically excellent and able to articulate complicated concepts in a digestible and straightforward manner. Nick took the initiative to work directly and independently with tax counterparts on transactional matters without needing oversight from the client, but always working within client-set timetables.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund


MKS Instruments, Inc

NatWest Group

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Dignity plc




Sytner Group

Harrison Street Real Estate

Elliott Advisers


Work highlights

  • Advising MKS Instruments on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Atotech, a multinational group.
  • Assisting a manufacturer and retailer in ongoing global IP transfers, including high street brands and related IP.
  • Advising several sporting clubs on transactions in the sports sector.


Led by seasoned practitioner Jon Stevens, DWF’s corporate tax practice regularly advises on M&A, share schemes and private equity deals, handling matters generated by its offices in Birmingham and London. The firm also takes on tax litigation cases, such as London Luton Hotel BPRA’s Court of Appeal case against HMRC. This strength in contentious matters is bolstered by legal director Tajinder Barring, who has experience representing both corporates and high-net-worth individuals in direct and indirect HMRC investigations and disputes. Another key name to note is associate Alex Tolcher, who focuses on the tax aspects of high-value property and corporate matters. In notable developments, Tolcher recently qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor and Amy Deal, a senior paralegal from HMRC, joined the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jon Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Tajinder Barring; Alex Tolcher; Amy Deal

Key clients



Whitbread Group PLC

Crisp Thinking Group Limited

Ares Management

MJ Quinn Integrated Services Limited

Kin and Carta PLC

Panattoni Development

BT Group PLC

Shell PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising on London Luton Hotel BPRA’s appeal to the Court of Appeal in a major tax case concerning BPRA.
  • Advising Whitbread, a longstanding client, on multiple tax matters, including the Hub at Old Marylebone Road.
  • Advising the shareholders of Crisp Thinking Group on the high-value disposal of Crisp Thinking to Kroll International.

Parisi Tax LLP

Tax boutique Parisi Tax LLP is highlighted for its ‘excellent understanding of corporate tax’, combining ‘commercial knowledge’ with ‘client communication skills’ to offer specialist tax advice to private companies, business owners and management teams. The firm has experience in M&A, reorganisations, property tax, employee share incentives and private equity deals. Lisa Stevenson, founder of the firm, co-leads the practice with Becky Rees. Stevenson is recognised for her management team tax planning and engagement with significant transactions, and works closely with corporate finance companies, while Rees has broad tax experience including in share incentive planning and M&A. Jon Robinson, based in Leeds, is ‘technically excellent’ and ‘delivers prompt, commercially focused tax advice’.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Stevenson; Becky Rees

Other key lawyers:

Jon Robinson


‘Excellent understanding of Corporate Tax law, good commercial knowledge, good client communication skills.’

‘The whole Parisi team are not only technically excellent, they are super responsive, pragmatic and provide their advice in simple clear language. We rely on Parisi to provide all of our legal tax support and they never let us down.’

‘Lisa Stevenson and Jon Robinson are the two key individuals I work with but others in the team slot in seamlessly. The whole Parisi Team are simply an extension of our team and never fail to deliver.’

‘Excellent service of focused property tax advice.’

‘Jon Robinson is responsive, technically excellent and delivers prompt and commercially focused tax advice.’

‘Competitive pricing. Excellent understanding of Coporate Tax, proactive, provide pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Minor Figures Limited

Actica Holdings

Demma Group Limited

Activate Solutions Group Limited

Prism Healthcare

Inspired Thinking Group Holdings Limited

Mam Tor Productions Limited

Threads Styling Limited

JoJo Maman Bébé Limited

Somit Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for two individuals in the sale of Actica Holdings to a sovereign capital-backed new company.
  • Advised Mam Tor Productions and its shareholders on the tax aspects of its sale to Banijay.
  • Advised the founder and CEO on the sale of her majority stake (as part of a sale of 100% of the share capital) in leading retailer JoJo Maman Bébé.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP regularly provides structuring and transactional advice in the context of M&A and property deals, and assists public sector and not-for-profits in a number of tax and property matters. The firm is also active in employee incentive schemes. Andrew Noble, a chartered tax adviser and solicitor, leads the practice from Birmingham. Legal director Beth Dowson, based in Nottingham, focuses on property tax, employee share schemes and corporate transactions, with a particular emphasis on retail clients, and senior associate Rebecca Burge specialises in corporate and real estate tax, EIS compliance and employee share incentives.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Noble

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Burge; Beth Dowson

Key clients

MSQ Partners Limited

Birmingham City Council

C7 Health Limited

London Borough of Enfield

Harlow District Council

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Development Capital (Holdings) Ltd

Shareholders of Charles Pugh Holdings Limited

RCapital Partners LLP

Shareholders of Blue Light Card

Mills & Reeve LLP

With a varied client list including private businesses, public sector organisations and NGOs, Mills & Reeve LLP’s tax practice supports across a range of matters often relating to M&A, real estate and banking transactions, share incentive structures, employment and investments. Kevin Lowe, a chartered tax adviser, leads the national corporate tax team, while Neil Pearson, specialising in social investment, venture capital schemes and employee share ownership, and Matthew Short, who heads the real estate and charity tax areas, co-lead the regional practice. Senior associate Carrie Ferris has broad experience but is particularly focused on employment tax and share incentives.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lowe; Neil Pearson; Matthew Short

Other key lawyers:

Carrie Ferris


‘Practical advice with the client in mind.’

‘Mills and Reeve offered a professional resource of expert HMRC and more specifically IR-35 knowledge.’

‘Kevin Lowe offered a unique and knowledgeable perspective on IR-35 legislation. Kevin’s expert knowledge reassured us that we were doing the right thing based on the current government legislation. All questions were answered quickly.’

‘Kevin Lowe – Excellemt knowledge of his area of expertise.’

Key clients

Bango Plc

SAS International

KLM UK Engineering

Imperial College Health Partners

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

The Institute of Engineering and Technology

Midwich Group plc

Puratos NV

Sapphiros U.K.

Money Advice Trust

Higgs LLP

Advising corporates, owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals, Higgs LLP, based in Brierley Hill, is highly regarded for its support in corporate transactions, property tax and planning. Susheel Gupta leads the practice and has specialist expertise in corporate taxation, assisting in transactions, restructurings, employee incentive schemes and tax planning structures. Richard Ferguson, legal director, continues to strengthen the team’s property tax capacity, and senior associate Jonathan Hunter concentrates his practice on corporation, capital gains and income tax.

Practice head(s):

Susheel Gupta

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hunter; Richard Ferguson


‘Excellent team.’

Key clients

La Maison Bleue/Old Station Nursery

Serchem Limited

Technology Blueprint

Bond Wolfe Finance Limited

Elta Group

Salopian Brewing Company Holdings Limited

Purity Brewing Group Limited

Shareholders of Concept Information Technology Limited

United Care Group Limited

Shareholders of Marine Space Limited

Hockley Mint

Aston Care Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal advisor in the UK to The Old Station Nursery (OSN) on its acquisition programme, completing four acquisitions for OSN over 12 months, adding 18 nurseries to its portfolio.
  • Instructed to act for Technology Blueprint in respect of the pre-sale reorganisation of the company involving bringing its Indian associated company within the UK group and its subsequent sale of the whole of the share capital of the group.
  • Acted for the shareholders on the sale of their share capital of MarineSpace to ERM-Europe, providing tax support, including writing to HMRC to resolve historic share incentivisation issues.