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Paul joined Ward Hadaway in 2001 and heads up our tax team. He advises on a wide range of corporate tax issues, including tax exit planning, investment, buy-outs and restructuring.

Paul has extensive experience in the field of employee share incentives and other employee benefits, particularly in entrepreneurial and high-tech companies.

He has a broad knowledge of property taxes, including SDLT and VAT, and structuring of property investments.

In addition, he has acted for over 10 years on the full range of corporate transactions, including takeovers, sales and purchases, joint ventures, MBO’s and finance raising.

Paul edits the tax section to Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Shares and Asset Sales 8th Edition.


Recent transactions on which Paul has advised include

  • advising equity investor Growth Capital Partners on its purchase of international healthcare communications firm Fishawack in a deal worth £13m
  • advising management at accountancy services provider Optionis on substantial secondary buy-out.
  • the internal re-organisation of the UK group of a US corporation
  • numerous share incentive arrangements for high-tech companies, including complex arrangements involving growth shares and EBTs
  • advising shareholders on the sale of a multi-franchised motor dealership in the North East.
  • advising owners of pub-company on substantial investment.

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Independent verdict

  • "He provides the reassurance required and never ceases to amaze me with his legislative knowledge."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Paul Christian... is 'of the highest calibre'."

    Legal 500
  • "Paul Christian of Ward Hadaway provides adroit counsel on corporate and real estate tax issues. Clients value his ability to 'point us in the right direction and to give very good advice during negotiations'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Paul Christian of Ward Hadaway has over a decade of experience acting on corporate and real estate tax matters, and is known for his stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and VAT prowess."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Paul Christian of Ward Hadaway is praised by clients for his 'solid, practical advice'. He acts on property and corporate tax matters as well as handling employee benefits work."

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Paul Christian of Ward Hadaway is acknowledged in the market for offering clients ‘good advice and strong commerciality; he is practical and easy to communicate with’. He focuses on advising entrepreneurial companies on all manner of corporate tax concerns."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Paul Christian has extensive tax restructuring and employee share incentives expertise.”

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