Dominic Stuttaford

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

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

Dominic Stuttaford

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Biography

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 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.

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 African banking interests to Absa Group Limited and the issue of shares by Absa to Barclays. This involved structuring the transaction, co-ordinating relevant advice and negotiating sale documentation.
  • Brookfield – acted on its acquisition of part of the BGE Group, which involved both negotiating the sale documentation and structuring.
  • AXA – advised on its disposal of the AXA UK Life business, involving both the sale and various related complex re-organisations.
  • Iberia – advised on its merger with British Airways and helped to devise a structure that worked for UK and Spanish purposes.