Simon Newsham
Tax Partner

Simon Newsham

Simon is a highly experienced, innovative and commercial tax lawyer and chartered tax adviser and advises a diverse mix of corporate and private clients (both in the UK and internationally).

Simon deals with a range of tax matters, including Corporate Transactional matters, Real Estate tax (both commercial and residential), Employment Tax, Profit Extraction techniques and advising Private Clients on minimising a range of personal taxes including Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains.

Simon advises corporate boutiques, family offices, financial institutions, general trading businesses, professional practices, ultra-high net worth individuals (including professional sportsmen and women) and media stars in relation to structuring and documenting a range of domestic and international transactions and minimising the associated tax costs.

Simon trained at one of the Big 4 accountancy firms in London (where he qualified as a chartered tax adviser in 1998) and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 2000 at a leading City law firm. He has held Head of Tax roles at a leading US law firm, tax partner roles in a London law firm and regional accountancy firm and founded his own boutique London tax law firm.

Areas of Tax Practice include:        

Corporate and Finance:   

  • Mergers, demergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Corporate reorganisations and restructuring
  • Tax efficient profit extraction
  • R&D tax credits
  • Pre-sale tax planning for selling shareholders
  • SEIS and EIS fundraising


  • Share options and stock option plans
  • IR35 structuring and compliance
  • Employee incentive arrangements
  • Reward structures
  • International relocations


  • Property holding and acquisition structures
  • Advising BTL landlords on tax efficient structures
  • Capital gains tax minimisation structures
  • SDLT advice

Private Client:

  • Internationally mobile employees
  • Private client wealth planning across jurisdictions
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Trust planning
  • Tax investigations


  • Cross-border M&A
  • Setting up international holding companies
  • Setting up IP structures
  • Personal tax planning across multiple jurisdictions
  • Non-dom planning

Recent Transactions:

  • Tax structuring and implementation of a demerger and capital reduction for a £100 million cosmetics and beauty company in separating out its trading and commercial property businesses.
  • Advising on the tax aspects relating to a £120 million disposal of a medical equipment supplier and setting up a property holding company.
  • Advising a private equity buyer on the tax structuring and documentation relating to the acquisition of a Formula 1 engineering business.
  • Advising on the tax structuring for the acquisition of a central London hotel for overseas investors.
  • Advising an ultra-high net worth European family with the tax aspects of relocating to the UK and assisting with setting up a new business venture and various financial interests in London.
  • Documenting and implementing share incentive option arrangements for a Swedish climate change company.
  • Advising and implementing various inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation structures for a range of private clients.


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