Robert Birchall, Partner
Robert advises on a wide range of taxation issues for clients ranging from public companies to start-ups, operating in the UK and internationally, as well as wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs.
Robert has particular experience in relation to corporate tax, including company acquisitions and disposals, reconstructions, private equity and venture capital investment (especially EIS and SEIS), employment tax and employee incentives, including EMI, other tax advantaged and non-tax advantaged schemes. Robert is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers group.
Robert Birchall acts as the UK National Reporter for 2018-2019 for the International Bar Association’s Taxes Committee.
- Advised Franek Sodzawiczny, founder and CEO of data centre platform Global Technical Realty (GTR), and his management team on an initial USD$1bn investment by global investment firm KKR.
- Advising on and implementing the restructuring of a technology company to secure EIS investment and putting in place an EMI scheme for its senior employees
- Advising on the corporate restructuring of a UK property group
Charles Russell Speechlys advises discoverIE on its acquisition of Antenova
discoverIE is a leading international designer, manufacturer and supplier of customised electronics to industry.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Acora on acquisition of Westgate IT
Westgate IT specialises in providing IT support to businesses in the South West.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Appital Ltd on £2.5m Investment led by Frontline Ventures
Appital is an Equity Capital Marketplace which aims to bring innovation to Equity Capital Markets.
Charles Russell Speechlys shortlisted for Best EIS/SEIS Legal/Regulatory Adviser at 2021 EISA Awards
The Awards denote excellence and recognise the achievements of EIS/SEIS practitioners over the past year.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Content+Cloud on acquisition of Sipcom
The acquisition establishes Content+Cloud as a global service provider to UK businesses.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises shareholders of Douglas & Gordon Estate Agents on its sale to Foxtons
Established in 1958, Douglas & Gordon is a London-based, family owned independent estate agent.
EMI share options, Covid-19, and Brexit – where are we now?
What are the new measures to employers operating EMI schemes that have been affected by the pandemic?
Charles Russell Speechlys present at EIS Association Autumn Technical Seminar 2020
Our presentation covered the tax and corporate considerations for companies preparing for a possible exit.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises the owners of Safeonline LLP on its sale to Howden Broking Group Limited
Safeonline LLP has a proprietary insurtech platform, iQ, which will offer the capability to provide cyber insurance capability.
Working abroad: unintended consequences
Discovering the implications of working abroad in relation to employment, tax, financial regulations and immigration,
Charles Russell Speechlys shortlisted for Best EIS/SEIS Legal/Regulatory Adviser at 2020 EISA Awards
The Awards recognise excellence among EIS and SEIS practitioners over the 2019/2020 tax year.
Government provides welcome clarity for EMI option holders who have been furloughed
The proposed amendments will provide some clarity and address concerns regarding the consequences of furloughing EMI option holders.
Charles Russell Speechlys advise the shareholders of Veriton Pharma on its sale to SERB
We advised the shareholders of a private pharmaceutical company on its sale to SERB Specialty Pharmaceuticals.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises the founder of Global Technical Realty on USD$1bn investment by KKR
We advised the founder and CEO of GTR, and his management team on an initial USD$1bn investment by a global investment firm.
COVID-19 pushes the government to gift time, lend money and provide clarity
The government has announced measures to ease the financial burden for businesses and individuals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Content+Cloud on the acquisition of Sol-Tec Ltd
Charles Russell Speechlys advised Content+Cloud on the acquisition of Sol-Tec Ltd which is part of IT Lab’s “buy and build” strategy.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Acora on its investment round with Palatine Private Equity
Charles Russell Speechlys advised industry leading IT service provider, Acora, on its investment round with Palatine Private Equity LLP.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises shareholders of MMRIT on the sale to TiG Data Intelligence
Charles Russell Speechlys advised a professional IT services provider, MMIRIT on the sale of the company to TIGL Holdings Limited.
The Generous Chancellor
In his first Budget, Rishi Sunak mastered the art of pleasing many different voters
UK Budget 2020: “Time to pay” arrangements and the coronavirus outbreak
A look at "time to pay" arrangements for companies struggling to meet tax liabilities as a result of the outbreak.