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Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 APPOLD STREET
LONDON
EC2A 2HB
England
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Work Department

PARTNER IN THE TAX GROUP

Position

Richard advises UK and multi-national companies on all aspects of UK corporation tax, with a focus on the maritime, energy and real estate sectors.

Richard acts for a number of banks and international shipping clients in relation to their financings of maritime assets and has a particular interest in the UK’s Tonnage Tax regime.

Richard is a member of the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Tax and Economics Committee and was a member of the Industry Advisory Group for the UK Government’s Maritime Growth Study.

He acts for a number of international clients in relation to their investments in UK wind (offshore and onshore) and solar projects and has provided advice on the UK tax issues connected with numerous UK company disposals.

In 2018-19, leading legal directory Legal 500 UK praised the WFW London Tax Group as “impressive” and as standing out for its “first-class” client service and “highly-responsive, proactive” approach to issues.

Career

Trained Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, qualified 2003, partner 2012.

Memberships

Chamber of Shipping’s Tax and Economics Committee; Law Society of England and Wales.

Education

Manchester Grammar School (1988-95); University of Birmingham (1995-99).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

The tax offering at Watson Farley & Williams LLP is a core part of the wider corporate group services department, which is led by Chris Kilburn. The main areas of focus are transactions, tax consultancy and disputes, with the firm being noted for its strong presence in the energy, transport and real estate sectors. Partners to note include maritime tax expert Richard Stephens and Tom Jarvis, who specialises in energy and infrastructure deals.