Leigh Sayliss

Leigh Sayliss:

Head of Business and Property Taxes

Leigh is Head of Business and Property Taxes at Howard Kennedy LLP within the Corporate Department. 

Leigh maintains a broad practice, advising on all areas of taxation that are relevant to the corporate / business sector. He has considerable experience of advising on real estate acquisition and development tax issues, employment tax and VAT. He also advises extensively on corporate M&A, private equity and funding tax issues including management incentivisation, share schemes and venture capital investments.

Leigh is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) Property Taxes Sub-Committee.  He is also a member of the HMRC SDLT Working Together Steering Group, working with HMRC and HM Treasury to improve the SDLT regime, and of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners’ Group and Law Society's Stamp Taxes Working Group.

Recent work

  • advice on VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax issues on the acquisition and funding of an £18m office block situated within London’s M25 with Permitted Development rights to convert to over 125 residential units 
  • advice to the sellers on tax issues in relation to the £21m sale of Funkin Limited to AG Barr
  • advice on tax issues in relation to the restructuring of a £44m property portfolio
  • advice on VAT, Stamp Duty Land Tax and other tax issues on the acquisition of commercial properties for residential development
  • advice on Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings and capital gains tax for non-UK resident owners of high value residential property
  • applications to HMRC for non-statutory business clearances in relation to VAT and SDLT
  • advice on PAYE and NIC risks in relation to payments to consultants

Random fact

Leigh has been granted patents in the UK and US and has also had a painting exhibited at the Tate Gallery.