About Sarah

Sarah is an Associate Solicitor specialising in tax. Sarah trained with Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP and qualified into the tax team at Eversheds Sutherland LLP in September 2014.

Sarah undertakes a broad area of work and is able to assist on a range of tax matters covering property tax, VAT (including VAT litigation matters), corporate and employment related taxes.

Sarah regularly provides advice on the following areas:

  • corporate transactions (both share and asset deals), in particular advising on the drafting and negotiation of documents for strategic disposals and acquisitions, as well as providing advice on post-transaction stamp duty and stamp duty land tax and drafting relevant applications to HMRC.
  • property transactions, carrying out complex SDLT analyses and advising on the VAT, capital allowances and CIS implications.
  • employment matters, in particular advising on the tax treatment of termination packages and PAYE compliance.

Sarah has provided both internal and external training on SDLT and VAT.   Sarah has also presented on Making Tax Digital for the Leeds Women in Tax Group.

Sarah has written articles for Tax Journal.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Women in Tax


  • Sarah has advised on the tax aspects of share acquisitions and disposals for a number of mid-market private equity firms, FTSE 100 companies and has particular experience advising clients in the clean energy sector.
  • Sarah has specialist knowledge advising on SDLT for lease renewals and for the past 12 months has advised a leading bank on its SDLT position for an extensive portfolio of lease renewals.
  • Sarah has also been involved in a significant VAT case against HMRC concerning a long running dispute regarding a company’s partial exemption special method.

When not at work

Sarah likes spending time with friends and family.  She also attends a variety of gym classes and enjoys horse riding and skiing holidays.

Sectors that Sarah is involved in:

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Entrepreneurs’ relief (“ER”) is an important tax relief to consider when looking at the sale of a family business.

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Pencil iconBy Sarah Illidge on 16th January 2020

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Landlords should understand the April 2020 changes to Private Residence Relief

When you sell your home for more than you paid for it, you will normally be able to take advantage of private residence relief (PRR)

Pencil iconBy Sarah Illidge on 27th September 2019

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Entrepreneurs’ Relief – Is it all bad news?

Entrepreneurs’ relief (“ER”) is a valuable tax relief for individuals exiting a business. Provided certain conditions are satisfied, it enables such individuals to achieve a 10%

Pencil iconBy Sarah Illidge on 27th November 2018

“I admire the way Lupton Fawcett has grown its regional presence by creating three well-respected offices in Sheffield, Leeds and York. The Sheffield office has developed a great team with specialisms across all legal disciplines. Not only is this benefitting clients in South Yorkshire, its reputation is such that it is also attracting clients from across the UK.”

Sarah Illidge, Lupton Fawcett Senior Solicitor


Graduated University of Leeds (LLB Law with Management)

Qualified as a Solicitor with Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Joined Lupton Fawcett LLP as a Senior Solicitor

Promoted to Associate Solicitor

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