Michael Ridsdale > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wedlake Bell LLP

Work Department

Corporate tax.


Partner who advises on all aspects of UK and international taxation affecting businesses situated both in the UK and overseas. He is frequently asked to advise on the structuring of real estate transactions and has extensive experience advising both buyers and sellers on M&A and real estate-related transactions, ranging from FTSE 30 companies to family-owned companies. He also advises owners of all types of property interests be that UK and non-UK resident individuals, companies or partnerships, as wells as offshore and UK trustees on their underlying interests in land be that investment or trading, such as landed estates. Michael has a particular expertise in indirect tax and regularly advises on the VAT and SDLT implications of a range of transactions. In addition to his advisory practice, Michael is very experienced at handling enquiries and investigations made by, and appeals against, HM Revenue & Customs.
Recent experiences 


Trained Hammonds; qualified 2001; joined Wedlake Bell 2005; partner 2007; visiting lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; has also lectured at the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany, on the emergence of an abusive practice test in relation to VAT. Edited the VAT Chapter in Tolley’s Property Taxation 2012-2013. Regular contributor to journals, speaks at conferences and has also been quoted in the ‘Financial Times’ and ‘The Times’ on VAT matters and sits on the editorial board of the ‘Legal Compliance Bulletin’, published by the Law Society.


British Property Federation’s VAT committee; Law Society’s VAT and Duties sub-committee; VAT Practitioners Group (National Chairman).


Driffield School; Sheffield University (1997 LLB (Hons)); London School of Economics (2004 LLM taxation).


Shooting, chainsawing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

Wedlake Bell LLP has a team of experts providing specialist advice on tax matters including suspected fraud, as well as tax issues for clients in the construction and higher education sectors. Michael Ridsdale leads the practice and advises standalone clients on specialist VAT matters – he is also an active member of the VAT Committee of the British Property Federation.