Stephen Betts

Role: Consultant
Dept: Tax Specialist
Location: Preston
Direct Dial: 01772 904277
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Stephen provides tax advice on a diverse range of matters. Part of his role is to assist and advise Napthens’ departments on a variety of tax issues, acting both as an internal tax expert but also as someone who can work alongside external accountants to ensure that any legal work is effective from a taxation perspective. In addition, Stephen provides stand-alone advice to individual and corporate clients where required.


Stephen supports the corporate team on matters such as transactional work including acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs and buy-ins, joint ventures, restructurings and de-mergers. He has expertise in employee share option schemes, including designing and implementing Enterprise Management Incentive schemes (EMIs) and where appropriate, sophisticated share option scheme planning including the use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

Stephen assists the employment team on all aspects of tax including directors’ and employee severance payments and on tax efficient benefit schemes including EMIs.

He provides advice on Stamp Duty Land Tax, VAT, inheritance tax, employment tax and tax issues arising from divorce.


Stephen is dual qualified as both a solicitor and chartered tax adviser.  He joined Napthens in 2009 having previously worked at DLA and with experience of heading up the corporate tax teams at Cobbetts and DWF.  He lives in Sale.

Memberships and Awards

Stephen is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians.

More about Stephen Betts

What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
Helping clients achieve their commercial objectives in a tax efficient manner

How do you like to relax out of work?
Walking, cinema and skiing

What 3 items would you take with you on a desert island?
Food, water and an escape boat

If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
A professional tourist!