Paul is a Partner and Head of our Tax and Estate Planning Team.
Areas of Expertise
Paul specialises in all aspects of tax and estate work, with a particular focus on the succession of family businesses.
His work includes advising on the use of Wills and Trusts for succession planning as well as asset ownership structures to maximise tax efficiency. Paul also advises on mental capacity issues, care home fee planning and also regularly advises on contentious trust and estate matters including Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims.
Paul regularly acts for high net worth individuals including those appearing on the Times Rich List and has been quoted in both the national and local press, as well as specialist publications, on succession issues.
He also specialises in tax disclosure work. Paul’s understanding of taxation from a legitimate planning perspective allows him to identify issues clients might have when faced with a disclosure or investigation. Indeed he often identifies potential historic tax issues for clients when discussing their future planning.
As well as making many voluntary disclosures for clients through the Worldwide Disclosure Facility and other HMRC tax disclosure facilities, Paul also works on major tax investigations including matters involving false invoicing, crytocurrency gain, property income and offshore structures.
“highly approachable and technically excellent” – Legal 500, 2022
“Paul Bricknell stands out for me, always generous with his time he is an outstanding legal adviser for a business owner.” – Legal 500, 2021
“in-depth expertise and experience in his role as a private client partner,” “He is very commercially aware and looks for solutions for the client’s benefit. He works collaboratively with both colleagues and other advisers.” “He is very, very easy to work with, and you know he has the client’s best interest at heart. He is exceptionally good at what he does.” – Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020
“Superb attention to detail and the advice he gives is not just factually correct but more importantly always relevant to the particular circumstances at issue.” – Legal 500, 2019
“Proactive, commercial, friendly and solutions-driven.” “Paul is an individual that I trust implicitly. He is extremely knowledgeable, very good with people and a thoroughly honest person.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019
Kuits from 2012
Manchester Metropolitan University
College of Law York
Away from the office
Spending time with his young children