Specialist disputes firm Enyo Law has announcde the appointment of Fiona Walkinshaw, a commercial and tax litigation specialist, and Louise Bell, who specialises in insolvency disputes, as partners.
Fiona has 30 years’ experience of handling and resolving complex commercial and tax disputes. From 2009 to 2015 she focused exclusively on tax litigation as a partner and head of corporate tax disputes at Deloitte LLP. In this period she advised on some of the most high profile and important tax cases to reach the courts as well as giving strategic, tactical and practical advice to clients at all stages of the HMRC enquiry process. Prior to this Fiona had a broad commercial disputes practice including civil fraud, banking and finance litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, and professional negligence. She now enjoys a mix of work across the commercial and tax disputes spectrum.
Fiona has a law degree from Cambridge University. She qualified with Withers in 1988 and moved to Theodore Goddard in 1990 where she was a commercial litigation assistant for 6 years. In 1996 she moved to the Arthur Andersen law firm, Garretts, to form a new litigation group for them, and was promoted to partner in 1998. It was at Garretts that Fiona began to work on tax disputes.
Following the demise of Arthur Andersen in 2002 Fiona moved as a partner to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain where she became head of their commercial litigation group and set up a tax disputes practice for them.
In 2009 the opportunity arose for Fiona to join one of her major clients, Deloitte LLP, as a partner and head of corporate tax disputes where she remained until joining Enyo in 2016.
Fiona Walkinshaw commented: “The opportunity to develop a tax disputes practice at such a dynamic stage in Enyo Law’s development is extremely exciting and I look forward to being a part of its continuing success.”
Dilpesh Topiwala was promoted internally in January 2017 to the role of Global Head of Tax at Dematic.
Dilpesh has experience in both public accounting and industry service, with a specialization in the area of international corporate tax and cross border transactions.
Commenting to Tax Grotto, Dilpesh said “I am delighted to be promoted into this role leading Dematic’s global tax team on global tax projects as it embarks on a new era with KION Group AG, the new parent company of the Dematic operating unit.”
H W Fisher has announced a number of internal promotions to partner, as part of its ongoing push for growth. As of 1 May Tim Walford-Fitzgerald becomes a Private Client Tax Partner.
Mr Walford-Fitzgerald has been with the firm since 2006 and has worked in Private Client taxation for over 14 years. In that time he has dealt with and advised on the tax affairs of high net worth individuals and their associated businesses, trusts and family matters. His experience covers a wide range of clients, from the proprietors of modest businesses through to household names, particularly in the fields of property and media. He provides a full range of taxation services, from compliance and advice to dealing with enquiries if they arise.
Tim has particular expertise in dealing with non-domiciled clients seeking to optimise their UK tax position.
Fabrizio Capponi, a chartered accountant and auditor, advises on deal structuring and taxation in M&A and private equity transactions and on obtaining tax rulings from the authorities. He also assists banks in corporate financing transactions. Recently, he has handled some of Italy’s most complex transfer pricing cases involving voluntary disclosure and settlements with the Tax Authority.
Capponi has cooperated with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to study and implement fiscal measures to support entrepreneurship, such as tax credits on research and development for the fashion industry.
He is ranked as a leading individual for Tax in Italy in all major legal directories, including Chambers Europe and Legal 500.
Federico Sutti, Italy Managing Partner, declared: “With the hire of Fabrizio Capponi, who rejoins his former Tax colleagues who moved to Dentons in December 2016, we are continuing the momentum in our plan to position Dentons’ Tax practice among the leading teams in the market.”
Andrea Fiorelli, Head of the Tax practice in Italy, added: “Together with Federico, we are working on an ambitious growth plan for our Tax practice in response to our clients’ needs and to the market demand for more and more sophisticated solutions. Our goal is to create a team of talented and reputed lawyers with integrated and complementary capabilities to cover all areas of specialization within the tax sector. ”
Fabrizio Capponi commented: “I was very interested in Dentons’ plans to strengthen the Tax practice, as well as very impressed with the Firm’s growth on both the international and national stage, its strength in Banking, M&A and Tax, and its strong global presence. Moreover, the Tax team is an important practice within the Firm and pays close attention to maintaining independence and avoiding conflicts of interest.”
Associate Filippo Jurina has also recently joined the Tax practice in the Milan office. He is a chartered accountant and was previously a tax specialist at Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.
With these new joiners Dentons has nine Tax professionals in Italy, divided between the Milan and Rome offices.
Saffery Champness has promoted 3 new tax parters:
Neil Davies joined the Bristol office in 2003 and became a Director in 2016. A qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, Neil advises growth businesses, including AIM listed entities, covering a wide range of sectors, from manufacturing, retail and engineering to construction, property and professional practices. He is a member of the firm’s Professional & Consultancy Services Group.
Peter Harker is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He joined Saffery Champness in 2004 and became a Director in 2016. He is a member of the firm’s Landed Estates Practice Group and is a regular speaker at industry events on issues such as renewable energy and tax planning for landed estates and property businesses. Peter manages a mixed portfolio of clients that includes wealthy individuals, landowners, owner-managed businesses, agri-businesses and not-for-profit entities.
Alison Hone is a VAT specialist who joined Saffery Champness in 2003, having previously worked as a visiting officer for HMRC. Alison is a Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the firm’s Not-for-Profit Group. She advises a wide range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including sports clubs, umbrella bodies, religious organisations, hospices and wildlife trusts. Alison is a regular speaker at industry events and is the author of numerous articles on charity VAT issues.
Rob Elliott, Managing Partner at Saffery Champness, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Neil, Peter and Alison to the partnership. They bring valuable and varied experience to the firm, which is of enormous benefit to our clients.
“Their promotion demonstrates again our commitment to providing opportunities for those who show exceptional talent in their respective fields, and dedication to the firm’s culture and our clients’ success.”
Smith & Williamson has announced that Simon Jennings, Frances Jennings and Anita Millar-Neale are joining its private client tax division from Rawlinson & Hunter.
Joss Dalrymple, head of private clients for Smith & Williamson’s tax and business services division, commented:
“By bringing on board this highly-respected team we are further extending our ability to advise non-UK domiciled clients, trusts and private clients more widely. Our ability to attract three such respected figures in the private client space is a strong endorsement of our existing service offering and plans for growth. I look forward to working closely with Simon, Frances and Anita as we help our clients plan for their financial future.”
Simon Jennings specialises in tax planning and wealth structuring for international families. He is a trusts specialist, and advises on the planning and administration of settlements as well as the UK tax issues flowing from them. He advises on issues of tax residence, and on UK tax for foreign domiciliaries. He has considerable experience of handling HMRC enquiries, investigations, and appeals. Simon is a Fellow of the ICAEW and an active member of its Tax Faculty; he is a founder member of STEP and has been a leading member of its technical and international committees throughout its existence.
Frances Jennings specialises in providing tax and financial advice to private clients, their families and the vehicles they chose for their business and charitable interests. She has a particular interest in trusts, advising international families on the use of onshore and offshore trust structures for tax, family, philanthropic or commercial purposes. She is also an experienced trustee for both family and charitable trusts.
Anita Millar-Neale advises UK resident and non-resident individuals and family groups, non-domiciliaries, entrepreneurs, and non-UK resident trustees, with particular experience in advising sports professionals and artists. Anita deals with all aspects of UK tax compliance, including complex HMRC enquiries, advising on various aspects of tax planning, such as residence and domicile issues, establishing and running non-UK resident trusts.
It is anticipated that Anita Millar-Neale will join Smith & Williamson in May 2017 and Simon Jennings and Frances Jennings a month later.
Guildford and London based Alliotts Chartered Accountants has merged with Delia Orme, a boutique tax advisory service based in Elstead, Surrey. The merger enhances the range of personal tax services that the firm offers as Delia, who is joining as a new Partner, and her team move into Alliotts’ Guildford office to provide a wider range of services including family inheritance tax planning and succession.
Steve Meredith, Partner at Alliotts said:
“This merger is pivotal to the growth of Alliotts tax offering by enhancing our range of personal tax services.
“As a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planning (STEP) Delia Orme is qualified to advise on family inheritance and succession and has proven experience in advising on matters including inheritance tax, trust and estate planning and trustee matters. We welcome Delia and her team and will be building on her Private Client expertise as we move forward together.”
Delia Orme began her career at Touche Ross in their entertainment sector division before moving to Allen Baldry as a Partner in 1988 which ultimately merged to become part of Morison Stoneham. In In 1999 Delia set up her own firm which she built up to become a successful tax advisory practice. Delia is joining Alliotts as a partner with a specialisation in Private Client services which includes inheritance tax, wills, trust estates and family matters. In her spare time, Delia is a part time priest in the Church of England, taking services across churches in the parish of Seale, Puttenham and Wanborough in Surrey.
Delia Orme said:
“I’m delighted to be returning to Guildford, where I first worked over 20 years ago to join the Partnership team at Alliotts. I think that the ethos of both firms is very similar – we put our clients first – so I’m very much looking forward to working with the new team and enhancing their offering in the Private Client division. I will also continue to advise my clients on other areas of taxation and business strategic thinking.”
RSM has announced that it is promoting 13 new partners across the UK firm.
Four new partners are being appointed within the firm’s tax practice including Ryan Broomfield in London, Richard Urron in Newcastle, Jo Gibbons in Basingstoke and Peter Graham in Stoke.
Ryan Broomfield has been with the firm since 2006, advising clients on ad-hoc tax issues, both domestic and international.
Richard Urron joined RSM in 2011 from The Charlton Williamson Partnership, where he was a partner.
Joe Gibbons joined in 2007 having previously worked at Tenon Group.
Peter Graham joined RSM in 2004, having previously worked at Royal London Group.
Laurence Longe, RSM’s UK CEO said: ‘Our ambition to become the first choice adviser to leading, middle market businesses globally relies on having exceptional talent. I’m delighted that our ongoing commitment to training and development is helping to nurture that talent internally and I’d like to congratulate all 13 colleagues on their promotion to partnership. Each of them will now play an even more important role in enhancing our service offering to clients in the UK and across our international network.’