Dominic Stuttaford

Head of Tax, Europe, Middle East and Asia
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 3379
United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 3379
Dominic Stuttaford

Dominic Stuttaford

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Dominic Stuttaford is a tax lawyer based in London, and head of tax for Europe, Middle East and Asia. He focuses on the tax aspects of corporate finance and other finance transactions and structures, with a particular interest in the insurance, resources and technology sectors. He trained at the firm and became a partner in 1999.

Dominic’s experience includes: mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies; group restructurings; acquisitions; and other finance structures. He also has a very active litigation practice, both in the UK and internationally.

Dominic has been recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 and has been described as “extremely bright”, with clients remarking that “he can be relied upon to come up with the right answers” and "he is very proactive, thorough and knowledgeable, and always delivers what we need, when we need it." Dominic has been identified for many years by Who's Who Legal as a leading Corporate Tax Lawyer.  Who's Who Legal 2019 says: "Dominic Stuttaford at Norton Rose Fulbright continues to earn plaudits from prominent peers thanks to his outstanding skill in tax structures associated with corporate finance transactions, as well as his experience in the technology sector."

Dominic is a member of the Law Society International Tax Committee and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CTA). He is on the editorial committee of the Practical Law for Companies (PLC).

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
  • BMW – advised on a complex tax appeal, securing successful outcomes before the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal and Court of Appeal in a highly significant case concerning VAT grouping. The Court of Appeal upheld the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal ruling and decided in favour of BMW. It establishes that the right to claim a VAT refund lies with the representative member of a VAT group at the time the claim is made, regardless of any changes in group membership. This is a complex case involving a large number of parties and technical arguments on the interpretation of VAT legislation. It is possible that this may go to the Supreme Court.
  • Barclays – assisted with the sale of its US$2.8bn Barclays Africa Group Ltd.
  • Barrick Gold Corporation – acted for Barrick in relation to Acacia Mining.
  • HSBC – acted on its ground-breaking SDRT litigation.
  • Canadian Tire – acted on the C$985m acquisition of Helly Hansen.
  • Bombardier Inc – acted on the CPDQ of US$1.5bn convertible shares in Bombardier Transportation.


Joint ventures and tax considerations

Publication | October 12, 2020

UK: The “CCO”

Publication | September 18, 2020

Global: Managing multinational companies from a tax perspective: Practical lessons

Webinar | July 02, 2020

UK tax law: Directors’ duties and EBT schemes

Publication | December 16, 2019