Richard Stephens > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Watson Farley & Williams LLP Offices
15 APPOLD STREET
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PARTNER IN THE TAX GROUP
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.
Trained Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, qualified 2003, partner 2012.
Chamber of Shipping’s Tax and Economics Committee; Law Society of England and Wales.
Manchester Grammar School (1988-95); University of Birmingham (1995-99).
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Trade finance
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets - low-mid cap
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Transport > Rail
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Real estate > Property finance
- Employment > Immigration