Malcolm Somerston

Malcolm Somerston
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Owner managed and family owned businesses are Malcolm’s speciality. His clients range from ambitious start ups through to medium sized  organisations.

Malcolm takes a “hands on” approach. He works closely with his clients to identify opportunities for growth and then guides them in formalising structures and procedures as the business develops. He is particularly appreciated for his ability to find solutions which minimise overall tax exposure by taking into account his  client’s  tax position  together with any relevant commercial considerations.

In all areas, his pragmatic problem solving skills are greatly appreciated. Malcolm qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 and has more than 30 years experience acting for a varied portfolio of clients.

Prior to CBW, Malcolm was a Partner at Gordon Leighton, a highly respected mid tier practice in central London.

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Areas of expertise

  • Tax planning for owner managed and family owned businesses
  • Tax planning for high net worth and non domiciled individuals
  • Specialist industries include:Property, including clients involved in developing  trading and investing in property
  • Professional services firms, particularly legal practices
  • Recruitment firms

Relevant experience

  • Advised on the continual development of a family owned distribution business for more than 20 years. His advice included guidance on grooming the business for the family’s ultimate (and highly successful) exit via a £15m MBO
  • Advised start ups on structures to optimise both commercial and tax objectives
  • A wealth of experience for all personal and property tax issues
  • Significant experience of dealing with, and successfully concluding Revenue enquiries.


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