As experienced corporate tax specialists, we appreciate the need to communicate complex issues in a straightforward, accessible way.

Our commercial approach mirrors that of our clients as we seek to meet their business needs with a one-stop approach that will often involve other specialist teams within the firm. Our experience covers a broad range of company sizes and sectors, from specialist consultancies and niche players through to major multinationals.

Our team also includes specialists in tax disputes who have considerable experience in representing clients before the Tax Tribunals across the UK.

As a team we work closely with the firm’s experts in employment, employee share incentives, and pensions.

What we do

The practice is best known for its authoritative advice and speed of responsiveness:

• corporate tax transaction advice for major clients of the firm;

• advice on a wide range of real estate taxes including VAT, stamp duty land tax, land and buildings transaction tax, capital allowances, enterprise zone allowances, landfill tax, aggregates levy and non-domestic rates;

• high value bespoke tax advice for individual clients;

• implementing tax planning for shareholders and investors including the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Entrepreneurs’ Relief; and

• high quality advice on a wide range of other tax matters including share schemes, employee benefits, PAYE, national insurance, withholding tax, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.

  • Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team advises on a range of corporate and personal tax issues, including SDLT, capital gains tax and VAT. It has particularly notable expertise in tax issues arising from corporate and property transactions.

  • Their fees are competitive, response times are good and their advice is balanced and reliable.

Experience

Cairn Energy plc
Acted for Cairn advising on corporate tax aspects of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Norwegian company, Agora Oil & Gas AS.
Bowleven plc
Acted for Bowleven plc advising on corporate tax aspects of its strategic alliance with Petrofac
Croma Security Solutions Group plc
Acted for Croma Security Solutions Group plc advising on corporate tax aspects of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of CSS Total Security Limited, CSS Locksmiths Limited and Alarm Bell Company Limited, and the placing of new ordinary shares, part of the proceeds of which were used to fund the acquisitions
Sainsbury’s plc
Providing tax advice to Sainsbury’s plc in Scotland in relation to VAT, stamp duty land tax and capital allowances. The rules in Scotland for stamp duty land tax on the grant, variation and extension of leases are materially different from the rules in England and Wales, and the specialist knowledge offered by the firm’s corporate tax team has proven to be of particular value in this area