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Michael Ridsdale

Tel:
Work 020 7395 3000
Email:
Wedlake Bell LLP

Work Department

Corporate tax.

Position

Partner specialising in UK taxation affecting businesses (including joint ventures, demergers, reconstructions and reorganisations) situated both in the UK and overseas. Michael 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. Michael also has a particular expertise in VAT and regularly advises on the VAT implications of a range of transactions, developing VAT-efficient structures where appropriate. He also advises on the application of double taxation conventions and international tax law generally.

Career

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.

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

Shooting, chainsawing.


London: Corporate and commercial

VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Wedlake Bell LLP's Michael Ridsdale has 'a high level of expertise' in VAT, SDLT and other indirect taxes, for which he is 'quick to identify issues' and 'develop practical solutions'. The predominant focus of the department is transactional and tax consultancy advice, although it also represents taxpayers in disputes with HMRC. In 2017, the group was instructed on major property transactions and development projects, as well as insurance-related tax work. Consultant Martin Scammell is another key contact, with vast expertise in real estate and construction VAT.

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