Philip Ridgway#3819

Philip Ridgway

Philip was called to Bar in 1986 after which he did pupillage with Gabriel Moss QC of South Square and William Massey QC of Pump Court Tax Chambers. Following pupillage he worked at Paisner & Co (1987-89), Allen & Overy (1989-93), Coopers & Lybrand (1993-96) and Deloitte (1996-2007) being made a tax partner in 1999. He joined Temple Tax Chambers in 2007 where his practice involves a mix of litigation and advisory work. He advises on all areas of revenue law, both corporate and personal, but has a particular interest in corporate tax matters including acquisitions and disposals, reconstructions and demergers, MBOs, returning capital to shareholders, s425 schemes, SDLT, stamp duty and SDRT.

Philip has a special expertise in the taxation of insolvency and reconstructions and has acted on some of the UK's most high profile insolvencies including Maxwell, Pollypeck, BCCI, British and Commonwealth Bank, Olympia and York (Canary Wharf), The Sock Shop, Mayflower and ITVdigital. More recently he has been instructed on MFI, Allied Carpets, Borders Books, Farepak Lehman Bros, Halliwells, Davenport Lyons, Rangers Football Club and Phones4U. Philip is a Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (MABRP) having passed the Joint Insolvency Examination Board examinations and lectures regularly to R3 (formerly the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency). Philips is also a member of the R3/HMRC liaison group which meet regularly to discuss issues of conflict between insolvency law and tax law.

Philip is co-author (with Tim Sanders) of Bloomsbury Professional's Tax Indemnities and Warranties. He is also a visiting lecturer at City University where he teaches International Tax on the Commercial Law LLM programme.

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Taxation in corporate insolvency—the principal issues in outline
Taxation in corporate insolvency—the principal issues in outline
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers various corporate insolvency procedures, such as liquidation (or winding up), administration, appointment of a receiver and a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and outlines the possible tax consequences for the company in that procedure. This Practice Note was produced in partnership with David Irvine of Goodwin Procter LLP, Nathan Langford of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Philip Ridgway of Temple Tax Chambers.

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  • Chartered Institute of Taxation, Low Income Tax Reform Group, Association of Business Recovery Professionals


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