Johnathan Hunter

Principal Associate – Corporate Tax

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"I am a commercially focused corporate lawyer with a particular expertise in relation to tax planning, restructuring and employee incentive arrangements”

I work within our corporate tax team which is part of the larger business services department here at Higgs.

I am a commercially focused corporate lawyer with a particular expertise in relation to tax planning, restructuring and employee incentive arrangements.

I work closely with a wide range of companies, directors and individuals running business of various sizes from owner managed businesses to large international groups. I also work closely alongside other professional advisers such as accountants and tax advisors to ensure a fully comprehensive service can be provided where required.

I prefer to use a practical and straightforward approach (free of ‘legal jargon’) and I believe this has been key in enabling me to maintain excellent long-term relationships. Not only do I believe it is important to provide a high standard of services but also to understand and appreciate that not everyone’s standards, demands and needs are the same.

Outside of my work at Higgs, I am a trustee and Director of Football at Cadbury Athletic Football Club, a registered charity with 20 teams, ranging from under 7’s, a first team which operates at step 7 of the football pyramid and an over 50’s walking football team. The football club play their matches on the grounds of the Cadbury’s factory (and no I don’t get free chocolate).


  • Restructuring a large international group valued in excess of £50,000,000;
  • Advising on the tax elements of corporate transactional work, such as acquisitions and disposals, which has included acting for multi-million pound technology and healthcare companies in transactions valued in excess of £100,000,000;
  • Reconstructing the payment mechanism of certain aspects of the consideration payable to the shareholders upon a sale of the Company, saving them in excess of £100,000 in tax;
  • Devising and effecting a restructure of a group which had operated two distinctly separate businesses in order that upon a sale, the shareholders were able to save up to 29.5% in tax;
  • The restructure of existing groups of companies to ensure they could use the existing cash reserves for investment purposes, without prejudicing the existence of Business Property Relief;
  • The implementation of complex ‘family investment companies’ for several high-net worth individuals;
  • Successfully appealed to the first-tier tax tribunal to overturn HMRC’s initial rejection of a tax clearance application made in relation to the restructure of an existing group; and
  • Working alongside a client’s existing advisors to restructure the existing share rights of the Company and implementing an EMI scheme, in order to incentivise key employees, without prejudicing existing tax planning that had already taken place.

More about me

Favourite film

Any Given Sunday

Most used app

X (formerly Twitter!)


Football (playing and watching), going to the gym and the occasional video game

Interesting fact

I have played and scored at Wembley stadium

“I have worked alongside Johnathan on a few clients and have always found him to be extremely efficient and helpful in getting the project completed for the client. He also makes documents easy to work with his useful notes and delivers the work in a timely manner"

Sarah Axe, Tax Partner, Cooper Parry

“He has dealt with every issue I have put to him in a thoroughly professional manner and with a refreshingly proactive approach. He has been extremely reliable and pleasant to work with”

Mike Turl, Managing Director, Hardyman Group Limited

"First class knowledge and advice in the most complex areas securing HMRC clearance and a corporate structure to satisfy a number of issues"

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