Michael Ridsdale


Michael Ridsdale is the National Chairman of the VAT Practitioners Group at Wedlake Bell. He advises on all aspects of UK taxation affecting businesses situated both in the UK and overseas.

He has recently been named in the Tax Journal as one of 40 leading tax professionals in the UK under the age of 40. 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 also has a particular expertise in VAT and regularly advises on the VAT implications of a range of transactions, developing VAT-efficient structures where appropriate.

Michael 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 and upwards).

He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the London School of Economics and is a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies where he is responsible for teaching the VAT law module on the IALS's specialist MA post-graduate degree in Taxation. Michael has also lectured at the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany, on the emergence of an abusive practice test in relation to VAT.Michael co-authored the taxation chapter in the third edition of E-Commerce: A Guide to the Law of Electronic Business, published by Butterworth's and also recently co-authored a chapter in Tax Law Client Strategies for the UK (Aspatore Books).

He is a regular contributor to journals, speaks at conferences and has also been quoted in the Financial Times and The Times on VAT matters and sits on the editorial board of the Legal Compliance Bulletin, published by the Law Society.

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London School of Economics


British Property Federation's VAT committee, VAT Practitioners Group


LLM in Taxation (LSE)