Wilkins Kennedy has appointed Tom Lacey to head a new specialist Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) offering at the firm.

Tom, who joins Wilkins Kennedy from a leading regional law firm, has more than 25 years’ experience as a tax adviser. He specialises in SDLT to help clients reclaim payments, carry out compliance checking and taxation status for investors in UK property whether they are resident in the UK or overseas.

Chartered tax adviser Tom who is from Fordingbridge in Hampshire is also CIOT Hampshire Branch Chairman. He will be based at Wilkins Kennedy’s Southampton office, but Tom’s extensive knowledge and experience will be utilised across the firm.

Lacey said: “Following the introduction of the 3% SDLT surcharge for ‘second homes’ planning for SDLT costs has moved up the agenda for both clients and professional advisers. I am delighted to be joining the team at Wilkins Kennedy and I am looking forward to launching the service offering at the firm, particularly as there is a growing need in the property sector at the moment.”

Wilkins Kennedy Southampton office managing partner Adam Wilson said: “We were keen to develop the offering as we have noticed a growth in demand for such a specialised tax service. We are pleased to have Tom on board and be able to offer this additional service to our clients.”