Quinn Emanuel has recruited Liesl Fichardt from Clifford Chance.

Ms Fichardt specialises in complex international and cross border Tax Investigations and Disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Liesl was the head of the Tax Investigations and Disputes practice at Clifford Chance. She is one of the leading experts in complex international tax disputes, and she has considerable court and tribunal experience which includes conducting cases in the Tax Tribunal, the courts of appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Ms Fichardt advises on all areas of international tax disputes including raids by tax authorities, organizational and reputational risk issues, complex investigations, strategic discussions with tax authorities, settlement of disputes and litigation.

Fiona Walkinshaw TaxSpecialist 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.”

Tax Dispute Resolution JobsPan-African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, has appointed Patricia Williams as partner in its Sandton Tax Practice to strengthen its tax dispute resolution offering.

Williams specialises in tax-related dispute resolution although her expertise extends to providing tax structuring advice within the context of mergers and acquisitions, including transactions in the private equity fund industry. Her accounting qualifications enable her to assist with financial modelling and pricing calculations in complex transactions. She also has extensive experience in tax due diligences, where her knowledge of accountancy and law gives her a unique advantage.

Prior to joining the firm, Williams built a solid reputation as a tax dispute specialist while she was heading up Webber Wentzel’s Tax Dispute Resolution Practice. She also spent several years in Deloitte’s Tax Practice and some time with SARS.

Chairman and senior partner, Robert Legh, says, “We are very pleased to welcome Patricia to our team. We see significant potential for growth within the specialist field of tax dispute resolution – both locally and internationally – due to the current economic climate as well as the changing way in which tax authorities and society in general perceive tax planning and tax avoidance. Patricia’s expertise will also supplement our general tax offering and enable us to expand our tax due diligence capacity.”

Head of Tax JobsHeather Gething, Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ London Tax Disputes practice, has been appointed a Judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) in England. Her appointment took place with effect from 9 January 2015.

The First–tier Tribunal (Tax) hears appeals against tax-related decisions made by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by both individuals and organisations, be they single tax payers or large multinational corporations.

A solicitor advocate and Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited Mediator, Heather was appointed after a rigorous process and on the recommendation of the Judicial Appointments Commission in England, which selects candidates on merit through fair and open competition.

The appointment represents a part time commitment of approximately 30 days per annum and Heather will continue practising at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Global Head of Disputes Justin D’Agostino said: “This highly prestigious appointment represents both a terrific personal achievement for Heather and a great honour for the firm. She joins an illustrious list of colleagues and alumni who hold or have held judicial office or who sit as arbitrators or mediators, and I am delighted that she will be continuing this proud tradition.”

With 30 years’ experience handling tax matters on behalf of clients in the retail, manufacturing, shipping, energy, telecoms, financial and insurance sectors, Heather is acknowledged as a leading top tier contentious tax practitioner in both Chambers UK 2015 and Legal 500 UK 2014.

Steven Kempster is leaving TaylorWessing to join Withers with effect from July 2014.

Steven joined Taylor Wessing in 2008 from Herbert Smith, to develop and lead the firm’s Contentious Trusts and Estates Group. In September 2011, the group won “Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year” at the annual STEP Awards.

withers trust jobsSteven specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation or administration of trusts and estates in a UK and international context. Recent cases have included disputes relating to trusts and estates in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Steven’s practice also encompasses advising high net worth individuals, private banks and trust companies on trust structuring and succession planning issues, particularly where there is an international element. He also advises on charity law matters, including dispute resolution where UK charities are involved.

Steven speaks regularly on issues relating to trust and estates disputes at conferences in London, the Channel Islands, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and the United States. He also runs a number of in-house training workshops for private banks and trust companies. Steven is one of the editors and contributing authors to Oxford University Press’s ‘International Trust Disputes’ published in hardback in January 2012. He is also a contributing author to ‘International Trust Precedents’ published by Longmans.

Commenting on his move, Steven said ” I am very excited about the international platform that Withers have, and the strength in depth in key areas of private wealth legal services. In particular, the leading
family law practice that Withers has will be very complementary to my own practice, and vice versa. My core focus will remain on complex international trusts and estates disputes and on maintaining Withers’
pre-eminence in the field.”


Kinetic Partners, a leading global advisor to the financial services industry, has today announced that Gary Ashford has joined the London office as a Member within the global tax team. This new appointment further enhances Kinetic Partners’ capabilities across the alternative investment tax spectrum, while also creating a new area of expertise within the practice.

As a leading expert in offshore tax risk and investigation matters, Gary will assist clients, financial institutions and fiduciary companies in relation to the various FATCA intergovernmental agreements, global transparency and voluntary tax disclosure facility industry, the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, the Swiss/UK tax agreement and general asset preservation.

Gary joins Kinetic Partners from RSM Tenon, where he was a Partner and national head of Tax Investigations and Dispute Resolution, building his reputation as a leading offshore tax risk and investigation expert. With more than 25 years experience in the tax industry, gained through roles with Grant Thornton, Ernst & Young and HM Revenue & Customs, Gary brings with him a wealth of knowledge.

Gary is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and sits on the CIOT council in addition to being a member of the CIOT Professional Standards Committee. Gary also represents the CIOT on the General Assembly of the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne, the umbrella body for tax advisers throughout Europe.

Gary Ashford, Member, tax commented: “I have watched the developments at Kinetic Partners for some time and have been very impressed with the progress being made, and the sheer quality of the people here.

“Global Transparency is now at the top of the list of priorities for OECD member countries, with the increasing trend in Tax Information Exchange Agreements and FACTA type agreements. We are seeing fiscal authorities around the developed world become ever more sophisticated in the way they tackle cross border activity. That trend will only continue and I am pleased that Kinetic Partners are well placed to help clients face up to those challenges. Tax is becoming a major focus in Anti-Money Laundering regulations and so I am seeing a significant interest in businesses with offshore structures seeking clarity to ensure they are tax compliant in the new world ahead.”

Julian Korek, CEO, Kinetic Partners, commented: “Gary’s standing within the tax industry and level of specialist expertise will ensure he is a highly valuable addition to the team. We are excited to be expanding our global tax offering to meet the needs of our clients in an ever changing global financial services marketplace.”

Hogan Lovells has hired leading tax disputes partner Rupert Shiers into its London tax team. Rupert will join the firm next week on Monday 24 June.

Rupert will lead the direct tax disputes practice and has been a partner since 2007, most recently at Herbert Smith Freehills, from where he joins Hogan Lovells.

Rupert advises on the resolution of HMRC enquiries and investigations and has led tax litigation in the UK Tax Tribunal, English Courts and European Court of Justice. Clients he has advised in successful complex and high-value litigation include Philips and Legal & General. He also advises high net-worth individuals and is an expert on the legislation and case law governing dealings with HMRC.

Rupert’s appointment will complement Hogan Lovells’ pre-eminent indirect tax disputes practice, led by Michael Conlon QC, to offer tax dispute resolution services with specialist expertise in both direct and indirect tax, the only global law firm to do so.

Commenting on Rupert’s arrival, Fulvia Astolfi, global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells tax group said:

“Hogan Lovells has a first class global tax practice and hiring Rupert reflects our continuing commitment to grow and strengthen this team. Rupert’s skills and experience in conducting tax disputes speaks for themselves and he is a great fit with our practice, complementing perfectly our indirect tax disputes practice led by Michael Conlon QC. With the high level of scrutiny of tax arrangements in the UK, the demand for tax disputes advice is set to increase. In addition, the ever growing legal structure to Tribunal appeals means the role played by tax disputes lawyers is increasingly significant. We are very excited that Rupert is joining us”.

Rupert Shiers said:

“Hogan Lovells offers both a top performing global litigation practice and first class tax advisory practice which, combined, make the firm a perfect fit for my tax disputes expertise and provide an excellent global platform to really develop a direct tax disputes practice. I am very pleased to be joining the team here in London”.

Shiers holds 1st class law degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge.

Hugh Payner has been on of the recent promotion to the partnership at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Hugh has extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution and has a particular focus on tax disputes. He has acted in many major, high-value tax disputes across a broad range of issues and industries. Hugh brings a high degree of commercial acumen and insight to working with clients on cases involving complex financial transactions and is committed to achieving client-focused outcomes. He is based in the Sydney office.

Some of his experience includes:

National Australia Bank in tax disputes with more than $900 million at stake concerning international hybrid capital raisings (the US$1 billion ExCaps and US$450 million TrUEPrS), involving general deductibility, Part IVA and transfer pricing issues

Lend Lease in its successful defence of a $95 million Part IVA and CGT dispute concerning its $365 million Westpac warrant transaction

The Cross City consortium in a $60 million land rich stamp duty dispute involving significant valuation issues

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