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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 advises individuals and companies on tax issues on the full range of corporate transactions, including company sales and purchases, investments (including EIS), MBOs, demergers and other corporate restructurings.

He also has extensive experience in the field of employee share options and other shares incentives, 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.

Experience

Recent transactions on which Paul has advised include

  • Advising shareholders of Kaystan Holdings Limited, the highest independent metal recycling business in Yorkshire on the sale to Sims Group Plc Limited
  • Advising owners of pub-company on a number of substantial investments
  • Advising a property company on a demerger to separate its investment and trading properties
  • Advising an IT consultancy company on its international reorganisation
  • Numerous share incentive arrangements for high-tech companies, including complex arrangements involving growth shares and EBTs as well as more standard EMI arrangements
  • Advising three IT companies on their merger

What people say

  • 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 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 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... is 'of the highest calibre'.

    Legal 500
  • He provides the reassurance required and never ceases to amaze me with his legislative knowledge.

    Chambers & Partners
  • 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