Press release: Kingsley Napley creates new tax practice

8 November 2021

We are pleased to announce that Matt Spencer has joined the firm as a partner to help build a new tax practice.

Matt joins from DAC Beachcroft where he has worked for the last 9 years. He advises on the efficient structuring of a wide range of corporate and real estate transactions including M&A, land transfers, developments and leases.  He is also expert in employment tax issues and the structuring of employee incentive schemes as well as VAT issues in the public and private sector. He has experience advising clients across a range of sectors from tech to house builders or landlords, and consultancy companies to public bodies.

His arrival follows the appointment of partner Laura Harper in the summer from the London office of McDermott Will & Emery with a background in UK tax, trust law and international estate planning for both UK and non-domiciled individuals.

Together Laura and Matt will develop and lead the firm’s tax capabilities, supporting clients from practice areas across the firm including Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate & Construction, Employment, Private Client and Family & Divorce. The intention is to service tax matters in-house more than the firm has done historically and to add further specialists in due course. 

Linda Woolley, Kingsley Napley’s Managing Partner, comments:

“I am delighted to welcome Matt to the firm. Having tax expertise in-house will significantly strengthen our client offering and will be invaluable to clients across a broad range of practice areas.” 

Matt Spencer comments:

“I am excited to be given the chance to build and grow the firm's tax practice, working in conjunction with Laura and with a focus on providing advice in plain English. We look forward to assisting the various excellent teams at Kingsley Napley and their clients who will benefit from our skill-sets.”

Other lateral hires to the partnership in the last year include – Claire Lamkin (Real Estate & Construction) and Peter Metcalfe (Real Estate & Construction); Craig Baylis (Regulatory); Michael Mulligan (Dispute Resolution); as well as Christina Kelly, David Davies and John Young to the Corporate & Commercial team.

Matt’s arrival brings the total number of partners at the firm to 72.

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About Kingsley Napley
Kingsley Napley LLP is a leading UK based law firm providing expertise for our clients’ business and private lives, when it matters most. We advise in the following areas: employment law, private client advisory, public law, criminal defence litigation, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, family law, medical negligence & personal injury, regulatory, real estate, construction and immigration.
Kingsley Napley is ranked as the number one UK law firm to work for in the Best Companies to Work List 2021 list as cited here.

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