Sophie Donnithorne-Tait Partner

Sophie is a partner in our tax group, having joined Macfarlanes from a major US law firm in October 2022.

Sophie advises private credit, private equity and alternative asset fund managers on a broad range of funds and investment structures. These include fund formation and separately managed account arrangements, fee and carry structures, and secondary transactions.

She also advises on all aspects of corporate tax, including domestic and international corporate and finance transactions, mergers and demergers, and corporate reorganisations. She has a particular expertise in the tax implications of financial restructurings.  

Sophie is Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee of the City of London Law Society and a frequent contributor to leading industry journals. 

In 2022, Sophie was awarded Tax Lawyer of the Year at the Women in Business Law Awards EMEA and was included in’s list of top 25 UK female lawyers under 40.

She is also a member of PETF, our forum for individuals working in the private capital industry to keep track of tax developments and market practice, share insights and network with each other.


What people are saying


"She is simply the best tax lawyer we have ever worked with and has an excellent understanding of our industry."

Chambers UK 2023

"Her approach to understanding the context relating to the issues and her evaluation of different analyses, and their relative merits or otherwise, were both excellent and practical."

Chambers UK 2023

"Sophie Donnithorne-Tait is a brilliant tax partner and one of the best I work with in the restructuring market. Sophie is great at quickly identifying key deal issues and developing practical and commercial solutions. "

Legal 500 2022

"Sophie Donnithorne-Tait advises clients on a wide range of tax matters including restructurings and those relating to investment funds. Sources note she is "very personable, responsive and gets to the nub of an issue - she is a skilled tax lawyer and a pleasure to work with."

Chambers UK 2019

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