Law Services for Businesses Corporate Tax

Pragmatic and straightforward tax advice to fit with your commercial objectives.

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Legal advice on direct and indirect tax issues

MacRoberts advises on a broad range of direct and indirect tax issues which arise in commercial transactions, including corporation tax, capital gains tax, VAT, stamp duty land tax / land and buildings transaction tax and employee taxes.

Our clients range from local Scottish SMEs to large commercial organisations, and we frequently advise charities and third sector organisations on the tax aspects of mergers and consolidations and charity trading matters.

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Expert legal advice tailored to your requirements

Our Corporate Tax Partner, Ainsley MacLaren, is a Chartered Tax Adviser and ranked in the independent legal directories for her expertise in corporate tax law. She sits on the Tax Committees of the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Property Federation.

Tax advice to fit with your commercial objectives

Our team provides standalone tax advice, working closely with our colleagues and clients’ other professional advisers to ensure this advice fits with our clients’ commercial objectives.

We work with construction and infrastructure firms, financial services organisations, property developers and investors, public sector bodies and charities, and regularly provide tax planning advice to shareholders in relation to entrepreneurs' relief and substantial shareholdings relief.

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Ainsley MacLaren is highly able, commercial in her approach and client-focused. She has a very good understanding of commercial business matters and is an excellent communicator.


Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • Iso 14001 2015 Environmental Management

    MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2019.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.

  • MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark for 2023. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.

  • MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.