Michael Sweeney Principal Associate Chartered tax adviser

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2016 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Qualified: 2015 - Solicitor of Northern Ireland

Primary office:  Birmingham

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Michael Sweeney

As a principal associate in the tax team, Michael Sweeney has a breadth of experience advising clients on various types of direct and indirect taxes, including VAT, stamp taxes and other commercial and employment related taxes.

He has advised on many of the firm's corporate and real estate transactions, providing advisory support and assistance with tax structuring and drafting as well as managing post-transaction tax considerations and relevant communications to HMRC.


  • Acting on the acquisition of a large property portfolio by a leading global asset investment company providing VAT and capital allowances advice and drafting;
  • Carrying out many stamp duty relief applications for clients following inter-group re-structuring providing them with large savings on stamp taxes;
  • Advising on the VAT, capital allowances and construction industry scheme considerations to both landlords and tenants in respect of capital contributions on the granting/taking of a lease;
  • Drafting tax covenant and warranty protection on several corporate acquisitions, including the acquisition of a property SPV by a large property investment fund and the acquisition of a well-known brewery chain;
  • Providing SDLT advice in respect of the acquisition of freehold or leasehold properties and other property transactions;
  • Drafting and negotiating the VAT provisions in agreements to transfer property as a going concern;
  • Advising on the PAYE and national insurance contributions implications of employee's termination packages;

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Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2022

    • Career
      July 2022
      Gowling WLG (UK), Principal Associate
  • 2021

    • Career
      February 2021
      Chartered tax adviser
  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      March 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2015

    • Career
      November 2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, associate
    • Education
      Queen's University Belfast, Post-graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of Northern Ireland
  • 2013

    • Education
      Queen's University Belfast, Masters in Legal Science
    • Career
      Corr & Sally, trainee
  • 2011

    • Education
      Queen's University Belfast, Accounting
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