Milestone co-founder, Miles, acts for a wide range of clients including:

  • owner-managed businesses;
  • investment funds and private equity houses;
  • real estate developers;
  • sportspeople and entertainers; and
  • entrepreneurs and HNWIs.

He is the co-author of International Tax Systems and Planning Techniques (Sweet & Maxwell) and The Principles of International Tax Planning (Corpus) and comments regularly on tax issues in the national press and on TV and radio.

Miles is responsible for the firm’s media output, providing regular commentary and insights on topical news stories via Twitter and LinkedIn. He also writes a monthly newsletter, the MTN (Milestone Tax News), which is distributed by email to over 2,500 subscribers, as well as a monthly summary of the firm’s press and media coverage.

Miles delivers perceptive insights, which, as well as erudite, can also be controversial and humorous. He communicates effectively to a broad range of audiences, from specialists to the lay person. His analysis is bold and direct, without losing the sense of nuance and appreciation of the complexities involved.

Miles’ views and insights have been covered by broadsheets, tabloids and specialist trade, financial and legal publications. He has also featured in broadcast media and was recently interviewed by Sky News on the Paradise Papers release and the Queen’s investments, as well as by BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Five Live.

Miles is a member of the International Bar Association; International Fiscal Association; Tax Faculty ICAEW; Hong Kong Venture Capital Association; and Transnational Taxation Network.

Most recently, Miles has advised on:

  • the disposal by a Spanish company of a landmark Ibiza hotel and the tax efficient distribution of profits taking account of Spanish exit tax provisions, Dutch step up in basis provisions and the application of relevant double tax treaties;
  • the tax consequences of ‘de-enveloping’ UK residential properties following significant changes in the taxation of real estate;
  • HNWIs and their trustees on the changes to the taxation of non-domiciled individuals effective 6 April, 2017; and
  • the relocation of a DJ/music producer and his family to Spain, the application of the ‘Beckham Law’ and structuring of performance income and royalty income from music sales.

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Just a thought… – 1 November 2018

The news that Marcelo, the Real Madrid footballer, pleaded guilty to defrauding the Spanish state of €490,000 and received a fine of €750,000 and a suspended jail sentence of four months won’t come as a surprise to those that have been following the Spanish Tax Administration’s (AEAT) raid on footballers over recent years. Like many before him, Marcelo had used a non-Spanish company to exploit his image rights with the income not being taxable in Spain.

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