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Stephen Goldstraw, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Stephen is a tax consultant specialising in all areas of business taxation. He advises companies and individuals on a wide range of taxes, including VAT, capital gains tax and stamp duty land tax. He also advises both employers and employees on employee share incentives and non-residents on property investments in the UK.

An Oxford Scholar, Stephen spent four years with a magic circle law firm, before joining one of the Big Four international accountancy firms as a tax consultant in 1985. He joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1990, a position he held until 2024. Having worked in both the accountancy and legal professions, Stephen is well placed not only to offer strategic planning advice but also to advise on the financial consequences of that planning.

Stephen has always acted for many property and property development companies, advising on both commercial and residential purchases and developments. He has assisted a number of colleges and universities on spin-out and similar transactions. He also advises on the enterprise investment scheme, entrepreneurs relief and R&D tax incentives.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a university on the transfer pricing issues arising from the acquisition of an international group of companies.
  • Acting for an employer on a dispute with H M Revenue and Customs over the effect of the disguised remuneration rules.
  • Advising a property developer on the VAT implications of a mixed commercial and residential development.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP