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bernard mcilroyBernard McIlroy trained with a large firm of accountants before qualifying as a solicitor in a law firm in 1999 and becoming a partner in an international law firm in 2005.

Bernard has extensive experience in all aspects of transactional tax. In particular, advising on exit planning, reorganisations and reconstructions and the structuring of private equity backed transactions.

"Bernard McIlroy is praised by clients, with one saying: 'I couldn’t speak highly enough of him. He’s professional, diligent, and has always been right’
(Chambers UK 2015).

"Bernard McIlroy is recognised as a leading figure in the tax field, and handles mattes related to all manner of divestments, investments and reorganisations. One satisfied client remarks: 'Bernard is a highly effective tax adviser who blends technical tax excellence and commercial acumen to deliver a first-class service' ”
(Chambers UK 2014).

"He is regarded by peers as an excellent practitioner who is a 'pleasure to work with'. Clients praise McIlroy as a lawyer who is 'commercially very astute, and provides no-nonsense, jargon-free advice' "
(Chambers UK 2013).

“His peers consider him to be conscientious, experienced and of good judgment”
(Chambers UK 2012).

“He is recommended as an ideal all-round business adviser”
(Chambers UK 2011).

FIona SutherlandFiona Sutherland qualified as a solicitor with a City firm in 1994 and became a partner in an international law firm in 2001.

Fiona has specialised in corporate tax work since qualification and has broad experience of transactional tax, (in particular reorganisations, reconstructions and exit planning) and in structuring and implementing all types of employee share incentives for a broad range of private and public companies.

Fiona Sutherland has nearly 20 years’ experience in working on corporate tax matters, and is described by peers as 'technically very savvy. She places a commercial edge on factually correct advice’
(Chambers UK 2015).

“Fiona Sutherland is praised by market sources as a highly capable adviser on a variety of tax matters, including exit planning, restructuring, capital gains and share schemes”
(Chambers UK 2014).

"Fiona Sutherland is valued by clients for her 'very commercial' manner, and for 'making herself available around the clock' "
(Chambers UK 2013).

“Deemed technically good and pragmatic”
(Chambers UK 2012).

“Fiona Sutherland has an excellent reputation for advising vendors on exit planning and on structuring private equity transactions"
(Legal 500 2011).