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Michael Ridsdale handles a wide range of transactional indirect tax matters, and acts on a standalone basis for FTSE 100 companies and foreign multinationals.
Legal 500, 2016
Michael Ridsdale’s standalone indirect tax practice covers VAT, SDLT and climate change levy.
Legal 500, 2014
Michael advises on all aspects of UK taxation affecting businesses (including joint ventures, demergers, reconstructions and reorganisations) 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.
Michael has a particular expertise in indirect tax and regularly advises on the VAT and SDLT implications of a range of transactions. He also advises on the application of double taxation conventions and international tax law generally.
In addition to his advisory practice, Michael is very experienced at handling enquiries and investigations made by HM Revenue & Customs and also litigating against HM Revenue & Customs in relation to all UK taxes (from the Tax Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal upwards).
Michael joined Wedlake Bell in 2005, having initially qualified at what is now Squire Patton Boggs.
He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the London School of Economics and is part of the faculty scheduled to teach on the MSc in Taxation at the University of Oxford. He has lectured on VAT law at a post-graduate level at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and has also lectured at the Academy of European Law in Germany and at the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies in Mauritius.
Michael is the National Chairman of the VAT Practitioners Group in the UK and is a member of the respective VAT committees of the British Property Federation and the Law Society.
He is a regular contributor to journals, speaks at conferences and edits the VAT chapter in Tolley's Property Taxation (published annually).
Articles & Comment
09 May, 2017 | Michael Ridsdale
02 Feb, 2016 | Michael Ridsdale
During last year's Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that SDLT rates would increase in relation to the purchase of additional residential properties. As…Read More
29 Jan, 2014 | Michael Ridsdale
16 Apr, 2012 | Michael Ridsdale
When the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise merged in 2005 to form HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) one of the main drivers was increased efficiency not only in terms…Read More
21 Jul, 2011 | Michael Ridsdale
Since the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Halifax*, the taxpayer and HM Revenue & Customs have adopted different interpretations of the abuse test in…Read More