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Fladgate has strengthened its growing tax and dispute resolution practices with a pair of partner hires from Rosenblatt and US firm Crowell & Moring.
Tax partner Hamilton Forrest, who joins from Rosenblatt where he has been a partner since 2011, rejoins Fladgate after having been a partner there until 2009.
Hamilton advises on UK and international commercial tax matters and specialises in real estate taxation, investment structuring, corporate work and employee tax.
His arrival takes the total number of partners in Fladgate’s tax and private capital group to four while his hire from Rosenblatt follows that of Rosenblatt’s head of projects, construction and infrastructure Cathy Ley last year.
Dispute resolution partner Steven Mash joins from Crowell & Moring. He specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration and has over 15 years’ experience in contentious work.
He has acted in disputes in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the US, acting for and against FTSE 100 companies and major international corporations. His hire takes Fladgate’s dispute resolution group to 16 partners with a similar number of associates.
Fladgate chairman Charles Wander said the new arrivals were part of the firm’s plan to grow areas such as litigation, tax and private client, which were complementary to transactional groups such as real estate and corporate.
“Steven’s arrival expands our capabilities in dispute resolution, notably in regulatory and investigations, particularly financial disputes while Hamilton focuses on a broad spread of tax matters including real estate as well as corporate,” said Wander.
Wander added that the new arrivals were joining Fladgate after the Covent Garden firm embarked on the roll-out of its latest three-year plan, which began earlier this year.
“We’re building in several areas including regulatory, governance and investigations, we see that as a big expanding area,” added Wander. “The business mix will remain similar at roughly 40:40:20 in terms of corporate, real estate and other areas so this is about these areas keeping pace with the expansion in corporate and property. It’s also about hedging, balance and exposing ourselves to different markets and different types of work.”