Real Estate Tax

Our real estate tax team provides a wide-ranging tax advisory service to support our clients’ real estate transactions, ensuring that they are structured and implemented tax-efficiently.

Combining in-depth knowledge of the commercial drivers of the real estate sector with expertise in tax law, we provide clients with innovative, business focused advice that helps them to achieve their objectives.

As a multi-practice, international law firm we can also advise on joint venture structures and the use of partnerships in real estate acquisitions, and the establishment of collective investment funds for holding UK real estate for both resident and non-resident investors.

Our advice includes:

  • Pre-sale and acquisition structuring, both onshore and offshore
  • Stamp duty
  • Stamp duty land tax planning
  • VAT planning

If you have any questions or queries please call Hamilton on +44 (0)20 3036 7325 or email

The team has good knowledge of the tax issues involved in property deals.  Clients say that “the quality of service is high across the board”.

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  • Eccleston Square Hotel Ltd – tax aspects of its acquisition, refinancing and development of the former Elizabeth Hotel on Eccleston Square, London SW1 which is currently being refurbished into a luxury boutique hotel.
  • Ultra high net worth individuals – tax aspects of the acquisition of a substantial residential property in central London.
  • Offshore based high net worth individual – tax aspects of the acquisition of a substantial residential property in central London.
  • Investor clients – HMRC investigations into stamp duty land tax.
  • Investor clients – securing the availability of capital allowances on a number of property acquisitions.
  • Marchmont Investment Management Ltd – tax aspects of the establishment of Jersey based Marchmont Atlas Portfolio Ltd which has invested in a mixed commercial, retail, office and light industrial property portfolio, worth in excess of £31m, and located throughout the UK.
  • Overseas funds – tax efficient international structures to own UK property.
  • Bravecase Developments Ltd – numerous residential and commercial matters including the development, letting and management of a combined retail/residential development in Parsons Green, London.
  • Fairgate Group Ltd – tax efficient acquisition structure for a property development in London.
  • Arazim subsidiary – tax and property aspects of the acquisition of 80 Cannon Street from PRUPIM for an undisclosed consideration.
  • Property developer – VAT aspects of various property developments.
  • UK group of property companies – tax aspects of a demerger.
  • Splendid Hotel Group – tax aspects of its reorganisation of a portfolio of eight branded and two unbranded central London hotels whereby one existing partner of Splendid Hotel Group acquired five hotels personally from the partnership and five were sold to Redefine South Africa funded by Aareal Bank of Germany.