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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton tax partner Nikhil Mehta has quit the firm to join Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers.
“The bar’s something I always wanted to go back to,” Mehta said. “It’s more flexible and as a sole practitioner you have the opportunity to be much more proactive according to your own ambitions, including in my case a practice with a significant Indian element.”
Mehta has a strong Indian client base and recently entered into a retainer agreement with Indian-based firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. That arrangement could see him spend up to 40 per cent of his time providing non-Indian tax advice to Amarchand and helping to strengthen the set’s ties with Indian clients.
Prior to joining Cleary in 2002 Mehta spent a decade with Linklaters, where he established the India practice group before handing over to current head Sandeep Katwala.
Cleary said it would maintain a relationship with Mehta and refer work to him. The firm now has one London partner in Richard Sultman, who specialises in tax law, and two associates.