Across the UK, Europe and further afield, we are known for providing specialist tax and private capital advice that makes a difference.
Our clients trust us with a wide range of commercial tax and private capital matters, from the sale, purchase and financing of public and private companies and businesses, commercial transactions, executive engagement and reward, joint ventures and investment structurings through to capital tax, wealth preservation and succession planning.
What sets us apart is the scale and breadth of our expertise and experience. One of the largest UK law firms combining a full private capital team with international commercial tax advice for individuals and their businesses, whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, fund manager, executive, high-net worth individual, or business owner, we draw on a multi-disciplinary team to provide decisive and relevant advice that anticipates tax change and helps you prepare for the future.
Has the introduction of a tax relief and new ownership structure been slowly changing the face of UK business? The use of an EOT will generate tax-free capital gain, while providing benefit to employees.
DWF, the global legal business, has advised Custodian REIT plc on its latest £24.65 million property portfolio acquisition.
The UK Government has lodged an annulment application to the General Court in respect of a recent EC decision which found certain parts of the CFC Group Financing Exemption gave rise to unlawful State aid.
Introduced at the end of 2017, the Criminal Finances Act created two new strict liability corporate criminal offences, both targeted at the prevention of the criminal faclilitation of tax evasion. After somewhat of a 'soft landing' in terms of enforcement we ask: where are we now? What should businesses be doing to protect themselves? What comes next?
The Finance Act 2019 has confirmed new limitations on the availability and operation of Entrepreneurs' Relief. Employee shareholders and private equity investors need to be alive to the changes and their impact on share disposals or on structuring new investments.
The Government has now published over 100 technical notices designed to inform individuals and businesses on how to prepare for a "no deal Brexit".
There remains no guarantee that, from the intended Brexit day of 30 March 2019, the current tariff-free movement of goods between the two territories will not cease. Various models for future relationships are in debate, but the UK is currently ruling out the simplest (and least change) model of remaining in a customs union with the EU.
On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") rendered an important judgement in case C-284/16, Slovak Republic v. Achmea. The CJEU declared invalid the investor-State dispute settlement ("ISDS") arbitration clause in the bilateral investment treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia ("intra-EU BIT").
Under the heading of the "Simplification of the tax and National Insurance treatment of termination payments" the Government is reforming the tax treatment of termination payments. In short, more tax and National Insurance Contributions ("NICs") will be payable on termination payments, with the first wave of changes taking effect on 6 April 2018.
We’re one of the few firms to provide a holistic approach to commercial tax and private capital advice, spanning the legal disciplines and crossing jurisdictional borders. With market-leading tax expertise across the UK and beyond, we are led by dual-qualified and multi-jurisdictional specialists who can provide the focussed advice you need