Elizabeth is the Global Head of Tax, advising on all areas of taxation both in the UK and on cross-border transactions, with particular specialisation in complex real estate tax. Acting for a wide range of property owners and occupiers including, commercial property owners, real estate, private equity funds, REITS, investors (including Sovereign Wealth Funds) and developers.

  • 16 years’ experience in advising on tax matters, covering mergers, acquisitions, structured property and structured finance transactions.
  • Particular expertise of property related tax issues including VAT, capital allowances and stamp duty land tax.
  • Significant past projects include the Olympic Village, Woolgate Exchange, 122 Leadenhall Street, ‘The Cheesegrater’ and multiple Land Securities and Canary Wharf developments.
  • A Chartered Tax Adviser and regular contributor to The Tax Journal and publications for the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and speaker at external conferences.

Elizabeth has recently been included in the Lawyer magazine's Hot 100 2018 list (the 100 most influential lawyers in their various fields).

Representative Experience

  • C C Land Holdings - Advised on the £1.15bn acquisition of 122 Leadenhall Street, “The Cheesegrater”, from a joint venture between British Land and Oxford Properties. This is the biggest single asset property deal in the City.
  • China Life and Brookfield - Advised China Life and Brookfield on the £346m acquisition of Aldgate Tower. The acquisition was funded by a combination of equity and a new £208m loan facility provided by LBBW.
  • Time Inc. - Acted for Time Inc. on the sale of IPC Magazines Group Limited, the owner of the freehold of the Blue Fin Building in Southwark, to a joint venture established by Oxford Properties and Temasek for £415 million.
  • Round Hill Capital - Advised Round Hill Capital on its £600m disposal of the Nido portfolio — consisting of three blocks in Notting Hill, King's Cross and Spitalfields — to Greystar Real Estate Partners, one of the largest student accommodation deals in recent times.
  • Carlyle Group - Acted for the Carlyle Group on the creation of the Pure Student Living platform, a joint venture with Generation Estates. Subsequently advised on the sale to LetterOne Treasury Services for £532 million. Pure Student Living, London’s premier purpose built student accommodation business, comprises 2,170 room across five prime central London sites.
  • Cathay Life Insurance Co. - Advised Cathay Life Insurance Co. on the £575m acquisition of the corporate structure owning The Walbrook Building from Delancey and Ares Management’s JV fund, Minerva, in the biggest single-property London purchase in 2015. Elizabeth also advised on their purchase of the Woolgate Exchange building in 2014.