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Addleshaw Goddard

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Michael Hunter

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Addleshaw Goddard


Partner specialising in corporate and property tax, advising on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, property development and investment, reorganisations and restructuring, joint ventures, tax disputes and employment taxes. Michael’s clients include Ivestec, The Hut, John Laing, Peel and Capita.


Trained Pinsent Masons; qualified 2000; made partner in present firm 2013. 1998-2011 Pinsent Masons LLP (senior associate); 2012-13 Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley (partner); 2013 to date Addleshaw Goddard (partner). Publications of note: ‘Back to Basics: Tax on Capital Contributions’; Tax Journal, 11 October 2013; ‘Group relief: a backgrough’; Tax Advisor, 16 December 2013; ‘VAT and Student Accommodation’; Tax Journal, 26 October 2011; ‘DV3 RS LP: Clarification or Complication’; Tax Journal, 14 April 2011; ‘A Dam Good Result’; Tax Journal, 14 December 2009; ‘After the Transaction’; Tax Journal 22 December 2008; ‘SDLT: An Unworkable Position’; April 2007, Practical Conveyancing; ‘VAT on Landlord Inducements to Tenants’; Tax Adviser, August 2005.


Chartered Institute of Taxation; core member of Property Taxes sub-committee of Chartered Institute of Taxation; Stamp Tax Practitioners Group.


St Ambrose College, Hale Barns (1992); Hertferd College, Oxford (1995 Modern History 2:1 (Hons)); Manchester Metropolitan University (1997 Common Professional Examination Commendation); Nottingham Law School (1998 Legal Practice Course, Distinction).

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Hunter - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Corporate tax

Addleshaw Goddard is commended for its ‘high level of service’ and ‘pragmatic approach’. The team has ‘in-depth expertise’ in a range of private equity tax structuring and real estate-related tax matters, including joint ventures, funds and structured investments. It also handles VAT, energy sector tax issues, insolvency-related tax matters, and fund structuring. Highlights included acting for Co-operative Group on tax-related matters relating to the sale of 298 of its smaller food stores to McColls; and advising National Grid on the tax aspects of the £11.6bn disposal of its gas distribution business, which included SDLT compliance advice in relation to 45,000 property transactions. It also provided tax advice to the shareholders of Autonet Insurance Services on its sale to HPS Investment Partners. Standard Life, Siemens, Aviva and The Hut are also clients. The ‘exceptional’ Justine Delroy leads the firm’s national commercial tax team and is well versed in private equity transactions as well as the tax aspects of property projects. Michael Hunter has a particular specialism in energy transactions. Managing associate Catherine Concannon is focused on corporate and employment tax matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

Addleshaw Goddard’s team ‘makes great use of technology, bringing significant savings and time efficiencies’. It has a blue-chip client base and a reputation for advising FTSE 100 companies and providing private equity structuring advice. Manchester-based Michael Hunter, who is the key partner, has a broad range of expertise covering VAT and indirect taxes, restructuring, fund establishments, tax disputes and acquisition finance, among other strengths. Hunter advised WSP Global on the tax aspects of the £75m acquisition of an international, infrastructure engineering and environment consultancy business, Mouchel, from Kier. He also handled a pre-sale reorganisation process for Lenlyn to transfer its ATM business out of its banking division into the international currency exchange division, ICE, which it then disposed of for £196m to China-based HNA Group. National group head Justine Delroy, who is also based in Manchester, is ‘a very safe pair of hands, and instils a high level of confidence with her advice’; she handles commercial tax issues for clients including Standard Life, The Co-operative Group, National Grid, Bruntwood, LDC and Sainsbury’s. Delroy recently assisted NorthEdge, and the management of Sumo Digital, with the tax aspects of the £50m sale of Sumo Digital to Perwyn, and also handled the £112m sale of Go Outdoors to JD Sports. Other clients include Müller, Skipton Building Society, Equitix and Shepherd Building Group.

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