Ford, Patrick

Patrick Ford


Patrick Ford’s expertise covers advising on the tax implications of corporate finance and property transactions as well as tax structuring opportunities in connection with such transactions and corporate restructuring generally. 

Patrick has varied experience of employee incentive work and has drafted documentation for, implemented and advised on the operation of a wide range of equity based employee incentive arrangements. He also has extensive experience of advising on employment and pensions tax related issues.

The Legal 500 UK 2013 describes Patrick as "very approachable, and excellent in his field - advice is always tailored to specific needs, well thought through and never boilerplate or generic."

Chambers UK 2014 ranked Patrick as the top tax lawyer in the north west, with comments including that he provided “fantastic support on complex tax issues. He was extremely responsive to our deadlines and got to understand our ways of working very quickly.”


  • Acting for UK companies (quoted and unquoted) on the tax aspects of corporate and property acquisitions and disposals and the tax efficient structuring of such transactions.
  • Advising UK and non-UK private companies on tax efficient group restructuring, including a complex scheme of arrangement involving a worldwide group.
  • Providing pre-sale tax planning for vendors of private companies.
  • Acting for UK, US, Dutch, Canadian and Chinese companies (quoted and unquoted) on the implementation and operation of various UK and international employee share incentive schemes.
  • Advising on various employee-related tax issues, including redundancy programmes, bonus scheme structuring, salary sacrifice and secondments.
  • Advising UK companies and pensions trustees on pensions tax issues and planning.


  • University of Cambridge, Jesus College, B.A., First Class, 1998
  • College of Law, Chester, L.P.C., Distinction, 1999


  • England and Wales, 2002
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Corporate tax

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