About Us

The Rosetta Tax story


Why work with us

We are an independent ‘boutique’ law firm, specialising in providing ‘City’ quality business tax and VAT advice, to businesses and professional services firms.

We are passionate about providing no-nonsense, plain English tax and VAT advice in a way that is easy to understand.

Our highly experienced tax lawyers are natural problem-solvers, applying creative thinking to everything we do, but always with a focus on giving pragmatic advice that works in the real world, tailored to your specific circumstances.

We work together to offer a seamless, cross-disciplinary service and we can integrate with your other advisers where relevant, to provide joined-up advice that adds value to your situation. We also have a network of relationships with other key specialists, so we can provide a one stop shop for all your tax advice needs.


Our name and its origins

Did you know: when the meaning of the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone was finally understood, the text recorded the grant of a tax exemption for priests?

We strive to understand and demystify the complexities of tax law, just as the Rosetta Stone provided the key to understand Egyptian hieroglyphs. This is the reason we chose the name Rosetta Tax.

Our leading VAT expert

Linda Adelson

Linda is a solicitor who is recognised for excellence in VAT, with rankings as a leading VAT expert in Chambers and the Legal 500. She has specialised in all aspects of VAT and indirect tax since 1995, and has particular expertise in financial services and insurance-related VAT issues, including outsourcing transactions.

She has been a partner at City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, as well as Head of VAT for Lloyds Banking Group, and Legal & General. She has often spoken at VAT conferences and events, and is an active member of both UK Finance and AFME’s VAT committees and also a past Chair of the British Bankers’ Association VAT Working Party.

Linda has a reputation for no-nonsense, plain-English VAT and indirect tax advice which cuts to the heart of the technical issues but always retains a focus on the practical and commercial realities of the situation.

  • Legal 500: Rosetta Tax is ranked at Band 3 for Indirect Tax and Linda Adelson is ranked as a leading individual for VAT
    Linda Adelson “has 'VAT in her DNA' and significant in-house experience” – Legal 500

  • Chambers: Linda Adelson is ranked as a leading individual for VAT
    “she is ‘a pure pleasure to work with’ because she is ‘extremely knowledgeable, resourceful and rigorous’." - Chambers


Contact Linda

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Tel: 020 3587 7801

Our leading corporate tax expert

Charles Goddard

Charles Goddard is a solicitor with over 20 years' experience of advising on the corporate tax aspects of a wide range of corporate and financial transactions. Charles’ practice covers advice on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures, real estate transactions, financings (including asset-based deals) and management incentives.

He has been recommended by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ("an excellent deal adviser"). Prior to joining Rosetta Tax, he was a partner in the Corporate Tax team of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and qualified at Slaughter and May. He is the author of the Losses chapter in Tolleys Tax Planning and writes regularly for other tax industry publications.

Charles’ clients range from multinational blue-chip institutions to private individuals and many are international groups or cross-border investors.

  • Chambers & Partners has recognised Charles as:
    “an excellent deal adviser”

  • Charles has been recognised for his corporate tax expertise by the Times newspaper:
    Rosetta Tax has been ranked as one of the Times’ Best 100 Law Firms.


Contact Charles

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Tel: 020 3587 7803

Find out more about our services


Services for Businesses

Whether you’re a startup, SME or larger corporation, we can help with your tax and VAT needs

Services for Advisers

We work with solicitors, law firms and accountants who need outsourced tax or VAT expertise