Alan Sinyor is the firm's Head of VAT.  He specialises in all areas of VAT and other indirect taxes, in the UK elsewhere in the EU, and outside the EU.  He has particular specialisms in real estate VAT and the VAT treatment of internet travel agents and similar service providers.

Alan is a chartered accountant, member of the chartered institute of tax, a barrister and a solicitor. He has previously worked at Deloitte, PwC and Freshfields (as Head of the International VAT group).

Alan has extensive experience in VAT on property related tax issues.  He regularly advises on a wide range of UK and foreign business including property owners and real estate private equity funds.

Alan also has extensive experience of Customs duties issues. He has assisted with classification issues and correction of Customs duties errors, as well as on the availability of various duty reliefs such as temporary admission and returned goods relief.

Alan has been consistently ranked as band 1 in the legal directories for VAT and indirect tax.  Alan has spearheaded VAT cases at the Tribunal regarding the VAT treatment of e-books and the VAT treatment of telephone calls to outside the EU.

Understands technical content incredibly well and takes a very logical and methodical approach that he uses with incredible rigour”. Chambers UK, 2017

Representative Experience

  • Global Rubber Sarl - Advised on a Tanzanian VAT dispute including advising on arbitration strategy and proceedings
  • Land Securities - Advised on the tax structuring of several mixed-use sites including a redevelopment to provide two mixed use office/retail and residential/retail buildings.
  • Nido London Sarl - Advised on VAT issues on the sale of the corporate group owning Nido Student Living business to a joint venture between Greystar and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board for £600m, one of the largest student accommodation deals in recent times.
  • PPHE Hotel Group Limited - Advised on its sale and leaseback Park Plaza London Waterloo for £160 million.
  • Pretorian Developments Ltd - Advised on VAT issues arising from its bid for development of Hyde Park Barracks (expected to be the most expensive residential development in the UK).
  • Resolution and Fosun - Advised on the acquisition of the corporate structure owning Thomas More Square for £284m and a joint venture.