What sets Paul apart?

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, with over 25 years of experience in advising Entrepreneurial businesses and their owners, both in relation to taxation as well as wider commercial and financial matters.  

Paul combines a deep technical knowledge with creative and commercial thinking, to deliver effective and truly bespoke tax planning solutions for his clients. Paul aims to cut through the technical rules and jargon to focus clients on the key commercial issues and opportunities relevant to them.

Paul recognises the importance of really understanding a client’s objectives over the longer-term and therefore looks to build long-lasting relationships as their trusted advisor. He is also able to use his knowledge and understanding of owner-managed businesses to bring together all of the services offered by Bishop Fleming as a single integrated approach.

Paul's service expertise

International Tax
  • Knowledgeable on cross-border and international tax issues, including domicile and residence matters, inward and outward investment, group structuring
Tax
  • Experienced in all aspects of taxation relevant to Entrepreneurial businesses and their owners
  • Particular expertise in the areas of Transactional & M&A tax matters, Group structuring and tax efficient demergers
  • Highly experienced in the design and implementation of tax efficient employee  incentive arrangements, including tax efficient share option schemes, Employee Ownership Trusts, and the Employment-related securities rules
  • A key advisor to start-up companies in relation to innovation tax reliefs, including SEIS/EIS, Entrepreneurs’ & Investor Reliefs, R&D tax credits
  • A wide understanding and knowledge of personal tax planning for business owners and private clients, including inheritance tax structuring, family investment companies, use of trusts etc

Paul's sector expertise

Manufacturing
  • Works closely with client on an ongoing basis to ensure that they structure their businesses to minimise taxation and take advantage of tax planning opportunities that are available year on year
Property
  • Regularly advises both property developers and investors on tax efficient structuring options, working with them through the life cycle of their businesses
  • Knowledgeable on the SDLT and VAT aspects of property related transactions, and highly experienced in the area of property-related capital allowances and making claims
Technology
  • Understanding of innovation tax reliefs and their application to technology businesses
  • Advising businesses from start-up through to growth and eventual exit

Bishop Fleming have provided me with invaluable advice, both in my corporate and personal affairs, throughout the period of our relationship. They have always been able to provide me with the right expertise for whatever circumstances I have encountered. This has continued right up the sale of the business, where their combined corporate finance and tax advice was vital to us reaching a successful conclusion within a tight deadline.

 

Andy Cotton, former Managing Director of PD Edenhall Limited group

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