Clear advice, opinions and recommendations – with a commercial edge

Gateley Plc advises on all areas of corporate tax and VAT, and has a reputation for providing highly commercially focused and technically excellent advice.
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We provide the highest quality advice and proactive, expert recommendations on the tax implications of all corporate activity – private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, banking and lending, property investment, development, housebuilding, asset finance, litigation with HMRC, share schemes and management incentivisation, corporate re-organisations or demergers, tax planning for entrepreneurs, cash extraction, etc.

We’re known for the strong, long-term relationships we develop with our clients, who include the likes of BT and Bovis Homes. Our clients are international and domestic, private and public, corporate and non-corporate, large and small. They operate in industries ranging from insurance, finance, manufacturing and retail to media, entertainment, hospitality, sport and property. One day we can be advising on the VAT treatment of the sale of a wind farm or the tax structure of a hotel acquisition by a BVI company, the next we can be advising a foreign family on their tax residence status in the UK and acting for the sellers of a global entertainment brand. We’re also the leading UK tax lawyers on the VAT treatment of superyacht transactions.

Our clients value us not only for our clear and conservative advice, but also for our proactive approach to providing practical recommendations on how current legislation and case law affects their tax position and how best to navigate that legislation.

Although we do not and have never promoted aggressive tax planning techniques, we’ll always look at how a transaction can be structured to mitigate your tax liabilities as fully as the law appears to allow. We’ll seek to warn you about tax risks associated with a proposed tax structure so you can make well-informed, commercial decisions about the most effective way forward for you. We’re also not afraid to challenge HMRC when your position is unfairly prejudiced by the law or HMRC’s interpretation of it – we’ve recently had some considerable wins for both commercial and real estate clients.

Unlike other law firms of our size, every member of our team has the expertise and experience to advise on the tax issues arising from all types of corporate transactions, from M&A to share schemes to real estate tax. This results in a significant continuity benefit for clients, and a streamlined service that delivers exceptional value for money alongside consistently high quality advice.