Tim Harrop


Tim advises on the tax aspects of international and domestic (public and private) mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, group structuring, reorganisations and demergers, equity capital markets transactions, banking transactions, commercial trusts and tax disputes and investigations.

Tim has advised on hundreds of transactions, with particular experience in the private equity, tech, infrastructure and consumer fields.


Representative matters

Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP on their acquisition of WGSN Limited from Ascential plc.

Direct Line on the sale of its brokered commercial insurance business lines to RSA.

The Weston Family on its sale of the Selfridges Group to Central Group and Signa Holding. 

A.P Moller Holdings on the acquisition of Unilabs from Apax Partners.

Published Work

  • Tax Journal: Insight and analysis - Farnborough Airport: losing control? 22 March 2019
Tim Harrop is very knowledgeable, practical and commercial.
Legal 500, Corporate Tax, 2024



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2002


BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, St Peter's College, Oxford University, 1997


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.