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).
Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s tax practice focuses on the energy, real estate, and transport sectors, with a particularly strong reputation for tonnage tax and shipping. Richard Stephens has more than 20 years’ experience with the firm, and has significant expertise in maritime tax, while Tom Jarvis has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Chris Kilburn leads the wider corporate services team.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Environment
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Trade finance
- Transport > Aviation
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Employment > Immigration
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Transport > Rail
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Real estate > Property finance