Alex Barnes Partner, Head of Tax

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Alex Barnes leads Memery Crystal’s tax group.

He advises on the tax implications of:

  • a wide range of real estate transactions for occupiers, investors and developers (UK and offshore);
  • a wide range of corporate transactions including M&A, reorganisations, tax reliefs and incentives for investors and tax efficient exit planning;
  • finance matters, including withholding tax, double tax treaties and FATCA.

Alex’s role is to provide pragmatic, commercial solutions to client’s tax issues.

Alex is a regular contributor to Estates Gazette and Property Week.

Outside of work he likes a variety of sports, the theatre and reading.

"They are always one step ahead; they are great at anticipating problems and having a solution already in place."

Chambers UK & Europe - 2016

In detail

Recent experience

  • Advised on several corporate acquisitions and disposals for SIG plc, Jones Lang La Salle and Liverpool Victoria
  • Advice on investor reliefs including EIS, SEIS, VCTs and entrepreneurs relief for several individual clients
  • Advising HSBC, Chenavari and Deutsche/Hypo on finance transactions
  • Advising Caudwell Properties, Mercer Real Estate Partners, Redevco UK Limited on large investment property acquisitions and disposals
  • Advising on developments projects, collaboration agreements and property joint ventures for Henry Boot Developments plc, Hallam Land Management and Gazeley
  • Advising on conversions of residential property to commercial property
  • Advising offshore investors on tax structuring of inward investment into UK real estate

Career history

  • Trained at Eversheds LLP and worked there from 1997 to 2011
  • Partner at Irwin Mitchell LLP from 2011 to 2016

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