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David Peirson

David Peirson


David Peirson is the firm’s tax partner. He is responsible for all the firm’s tax services and provides specialist tax planning and compliance services to businesses, individuals and trusts. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member of STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

David’s practice focuses on UK taxation and how these taxes impinge on clients’ affairs at different stages of their lives. His work frequently deals with interaction between UK and overseas taxes and the transfer pricing and other considerations that arise. David advises clients on the UK’s residence and domicile laws, in particular in relation to the Statutory Residence Test and recent changes to legislation relating to non-domiciles.

In relation to the firm’s business clients David has advised on the UK’s transfer pricing rules, employment taxation including share-based payment, pensions (including auto-enrolment) and on mergers, acquisitions and management buy-outs.

As a member of STEP David is experienced at assisting individuals with the establishment and administration of trusts and in providing assistance to executors on their tax and other obligations following someone’s death.

In recent work David has assisted a client with the disclosures required under an HMRC offshore disclosure facility. He regularly advises clients on the provisions of the CGT Entrepreneurs’ Relief and on succession planning for families and family businesses. He advises clients looking to become resident in the UK and those looking to move overseas.

David became tax partner at Smith Riches in 2012 having previously trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm. Following qualification as an accountant he passed the membership examinations of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and later gained the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (England and Wales). He has a degree in Economics with Mathematics from Durham University.

e: dpeirson@fwsr.com