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Richard Ferguson

Richard Ferguson

Senior Associate

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Richard specialises in providing tax law advice to a wide range of clients, with a particular focus on high net worth individuals and owner managers. Richard’s key work areas include property taxation, VAT, reorganisations and demergers, employee incentive schemes and entrepreneurs’ relief planning.

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Recent Work

  • Demergers: a capital reduction demerger to partition a family owned property investment group which included mitigation of stamp duty and SDLT.
  • Employee Incentives: designing and implementing an employee share option scheme which incorporated growth shares to provide tax efficient value based incentives to key senior executives in anticipation of sale.
  • Entrepreneurs’ relief planning: reduced the effective rate of capital gains tax payable on an exit using life interest trusts to maximise the availability of entrepreneurs’ relief.
  • Earn-out planning: using a ‘profit warranty’ mechanism to secure the most efficient seller tax position where unascertainable consideration is included.
  • VAT: advising a public sector client on the establishment of a special purpose vehicle to minimise irrecoverable VAT on a project to building and retain private rental sector housing.
  • Stamp duty land tax: advising a major house builder on the design and implementation of a forward funding structure to deliver a significant housing project in a tax efficient manner whilst meeting key commercial objectives and advising on the correct VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax treatment of the acquisition.



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Call: 0845 030 5787
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