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Richard now leads the UK tax group and also leads the international VAT group with its growing global reputation and presence. His key clients include Bet365, Pokerstars and Royal Mail, VATit, RBS, Pfizer, Cornerstone, Mass Mutual, Lloyds Banking Group, Sellar Property Group and Rabobank. Richard advises in particular on real estate transactions, JVs, and funds, involving the UK and international elements on VAT on finance, online gaming, cross border goods and services and real estate. He is the co-author of ‘Stamp Duty Land Tax’, published by Sweet & Maxwell in November 2014, speaks regularly at conferences and is a frequent writer of articles in tax journals, notably BNA, Tax Journal and Practical European Tax Strategies.


Qualified 1989; Nabarro Nathanson, 1990 to 1996; head of UK tax, K&L Gates 1996 to 2007; partner DLA Piper 2007; head of UK tax DLA Piper 2013 to date. Publications of note: co-author of Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Stamp Duty Land Tax’; co-author of Gee’s VAT Planning.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; associate member of Chartered Institute of Taxation; VAT Practitioners Group; Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group.


St Paul’s School, London; Cambridge University, Law MA; Guildford College of Law, Law Society Finals; CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser, Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation).



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London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

DLA Piper‘s team handles a range of transactional and advisory tax work in relation to corporate, real estate and financial servicesmatters. The  firm also advises more broadly on international taxation, which sits alongside a strong transfer pricing practice. Having joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in November 2018, Clive Jones took over the leadership of the department from international VAT expert Richard Woolich. In addition to experience on international transactions, funds and investment structures, Jones has particular expertise in European tax risk insurance.

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

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Richard Woolich

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s clients include financial institutions, UK and multinational corporates and property companies, which the team advises on the spectrum of VAT issues, international tax and transfer pricing. The advisory group is led by Richard Woolich, while Geoffrey Tack leads on indirect tax disputes in tandem with non-contentious colleagues . In addition to more traditional tax work, the team is regularly called upon to advise corporates on Brexit-preparations. In 2018, Clive Jones and David Smith joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Neville Wright left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.