Corporate tax in North

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP’s corporate tax team is acclaimed for advising entrepreneurial hi-tech companies on structuring, investment and exit planning. Other teams in the firm, such as the private client department, collaborate with the corporate tax practitioners on IHT issues and employee share ownership schemes. Paul Christian is often active on corporate-related tax, while Richard Butts and Imogen Holland act on private equity funded transactions, exits, buy and build strategies, as well as management incentive schemes. Nicole Axon is also key.

Practice head(s):

Paul Christian

Other key lawyers:

Richard Butts; Imogen Holland; Nicole Axon.


‘The practice has the full suite of services to add value to any client. The in-house tax expertise compliments the core legal offering. This not something other firms in the North East can provide.’

‘All members of the team are approachable, providing proactive advice and always keep you in the loop with projects being undertaken. Key individuals have an excellent knowledge of tax legislation and are able to apply this to SMEs’

Key clients

Inn Collection Group

Handbag Clinic Limited

The Northumberland Estates

eQuality Solutions Group

Story Homes Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers of the Sterling Technology group in respect of the sale of the group to TransPerfect.
  • Handled the sale of The Inn Collection Group to the Harris Family and Kings Park Capital.
  • Handled the MBO and funding of NAC Group.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s corporate tax team is frequently on hand to support the firm’s corporate and real estate practices, not only in the North East, but also across the UK on tax issues arising from transactions, advising on alternative structures that are more tax efficient and risk averse. The team also assists on tax issues arising in other areas including banking, restructuring and employment. Newcastle-based Jeremy Smith advises employee ownership trusts on matters concerning the acquisition of share capital; he also supports the corporate team on disposals and sales of businesses and shareholdings.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Smith


‘The firm is customer focussed, has real knowledge of the business and our sector and is extremely hard working as well as diligent. A true partner of our business’

Key clients


REG Power Management



Resource Group

Engage Technical Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the management shareholders on the tax aspects of the sale of their shareholdings in UK Land Estates Limited, a commercial property specialist, to GIC, a Singaporean Sovereign Wealth Fund.
  • Acted for an employee ownership trust on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a 90% shareholding in Engage Technical Solutions Limited and its transition to employee ownership.
  • Acted for Applied Digital on the tax aspects of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of