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Emma Bailey


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Emma heads up the Tax and Incentives practice at Fox Williams.

She has had extensive experience advising on a broad range of direct and indirect tax matters, including in the context of public and private UK and cross border M&A and private equity transactions, public listings and offerings, corporate re-organisations and restructurings, inward and outbound investment, property and other financings and tax structured financial products.

Emma has a specialism in employee share schemes (approved and unapproved) and management incentive arrangements (including in the context of carried interest structures) and is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group and on the Tax and Share Schemes Committees of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA).

Emma is a member of the CBI’s employment tax working group and is deputy chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance share scheme expert group. Emma was also selected to join the Tax Committee of the Share Plan Lawyers group. 

She also has considerable experience advising on tax issues affecting entrepreneurs, investors and business owners (including venture capital tax schemes) and works closely with Fox Williams’ professional practices and employment groups in relation to the tax issues arising in the context of partnerships and LLPs and the remuneration of employees, directors and partners.

Emma advises UK and overseas clients including listed companies, mid-tier corporates, owner-managed businesses, partnerships and LLPs and individuals in a wide range of business sectors including travel and leisure, real estate, banking, financial services, technology and digital and fashion.

Emma has contributed to a number of tax publications, including PLC Tax, Tolleys Tax Planning, and Xpert HR and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.

She recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

Emma graduated from Keble College, Oxford with an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and joined Fox Williams as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2010.

"A thoughtful and competent tax lawyer with excellent industry insight"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Knowledgeable, very smart and an impressive operator"
(Legal 500, 2017)


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  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze