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.

    Patrick is described in Chambers UK as “absolutely pre-eminent in the market” and “brilliant and responsive”, and in The Legal 500 UK as “outstanding”. He is recommended in Chambers UK for Tax, National Leaders (Outside London) and ranked in Band 1 for Tax, North West. He is also recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK for Corporate Tax.

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    • 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.

    Education

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

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2002
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Tax, National Leaders (Outside London); North West
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Corporate tax
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Corporate and commercial
    • 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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