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Sarah Squires

Sarah is a barrister at Old Square Tax Chambers, having been called to the bar in 2017. She has significant corporate tax experience, having practised a as a solicitor in leading City firms prior to re-qualifying as a barrister. She started her professional career in the tax department of Linklaters and then, following a move to Clifford Chance LLP in 2000, became a partner in their tax group in 2002. Sarah is a member of the Law Society Tax Law Committee. In addition, she also acts as a consultant to various trade and other representation bodies on tax policy matters. Sarah's practice is focused on general business and corporate tax matters, including in relation to real estate, finance and capital markets transactions.
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Murabaha—tax consequences of purchase and resale arrangements
Murabaha—tax consequences of purchase and resale arrangements
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax outlines how a murabaha works as a form of financing, the UK corporation tax and withholding tax issues that apply to a murabaha that qualifies as a purchase and resale arrangement under the UK alternative finance arrangement rules. It also considers certain stamp taxes and VAT issues relevant to a murabaha. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Musharaka—tax consequences of diminishing shared ownership arrangements
Musharaka—tax consequences of diminishing shared ownership arrangements
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax outlines how musharaka works as a form of financing and the UK corporation tax and withholding tax issues that should be considered by a company that is party to a musharaka that qualifies as a diminishing shared ownership arrangement under the UK alternative finance arrangement rules. It also considers certain issues regarding the taxation of chargeable gains, stamp duty, stamp duty reserve tax and VAT relevant to diminishing shared ownership arrangements. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Qualifying private placement exemption from withholding tax
Qualifying private placement exemption from withholding tax
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the exemption from UK withholding tax that applies to interest paid by a corporate borrower on a qualifying private placement (QPP exemption). It explains the various conditions that need to be met for the QPP exemption to apply and the circumstances in which the exemption ceases to apply. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

SDLT: alternative property finance relief and musharaka—FA 2003, s 71A
SDLT: alternative property finance relief and musharaka—FA 2003, s 71A
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax outlines the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) relief for alternative property finance arrangements (APFA) provided by section 71A of the Finance Act 2003, using a musharaka or diminishing shared ownership arrangement over land situated in England or Northern Ireland to illustrate its application. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers

Sukuk al ijara—capital allowances relief under FA 2009, Sch 61
Sukuk al ijara—capital allowances relief under FA 2009, Sch 61
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax considers the reliefs in Schedule 61 to the Finance Act 2009 that are available for UK capital allowances purposes in respect of the land transactions underlying a sukuk al ijara (sale and leaseback) over land in England. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Sukuk al ijara—conditions for tax relief under FA 2009, Sch 61
Sukuk al ijara—conditions for tax relief under FA 2009, Sch 61
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax considers the conditions in Schedule 61 to the Finance Act 2009 that must be satisfied in order for reliefs relating to stamp duty land tax (SDLT), tax on chargeable gains (CGT) and/or capital allowances to apply to certain land transactions underlying a sukuk al ijara (sale and leaseback) over land in England. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Sukuk al ijara—relief from tax on chargeable gains under FA 2009, Sch 61
Sukuk al ijara—relief from tax on chargeable gains under FA 2009, Sch 61
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax considers the reliefs that apply to the land transactions underlying a sukuk al ijara over land for the purposes of UK tax on chargeable gains (CGT) under Schedule 61 to the Finance Act 2009. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Sukuk al ijara—SDLT reliefs under FA 2009, Sch 61
Sukuk al ijara—SDLT reliefs under FA 2009, Sch 61
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax considers the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) reliefs in Schedule 61 to the Finance Act 2009 that apply to a sukuk al ijara where the underlying asset held by the issuer of the sukuk is an ijara (sale and leaseback) over land in England. The SDLT reliefs apply to both the land transactions underlying a sukuk al ijara and dealings in the sukuk certificates. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Sukuk al ijara—tax reliefs for sale and leaseback arrangements
Sukuk al ijara—tax reliefs for sale and leaseback arrangements
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax outlines how sukuk al ijara (sale and leaseback) over land in England works as a form of financing, and introduces the UK tax reliefs that are available under Schedule 61 to the Finance Act 2009 to such arrangements that qualify as alternative finance investment bond (AFIB) arrangements for UK tax purposes. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Sukuk—investment bond arrangements and stamp duty and SDRT
Sukuk—investment bond arrangements and stamp duty and SDRT
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax outlines the principal UK stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax (SDRT) issues that would need to be considered by a company issuing or holding sukuk (ie Islamic certificates that equate to bonds) that qualify as alternative finance investment bond (AFIB) arrangements for the purposes of the UK’s tax rules that apply to alternative financing arrangements. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Sukuk—investment bond arrangements and their UK direct tax treatment
Sukuk—investment bond arrangements and their UK direct tax treatment
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax considers the UK corporation tax and withholding tax issues relevant to sukuk (certificates) that qualify as investment bond arrangements and are issued as part of alternative finance investment bond or AFIB arrangements. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Wakala—tax consequences of profit share agency arrangements
Wakala—tax consequences of profit share agency arrangements
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Islamic finance and tax outlines how a wakala works as a form of financing, the UK corporation tax and withholding tax issues that apply to a wakala that qualifies as a profit share agency arrangement under the UK alternative finance arrangement rules. It also considers stamp taxes and the VAT issues relevant to profit share agency arrangements. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with Sarah Squires of Old Square Tax Chambers.

Practice areas

Membership

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Law Society

Panel

  • Contributing Author

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