Finers Stephens nabs Mishcons tax expert

West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent is taking on a new tax principal from City practice Mishcon de Reya.

Brian Slater is a qualified accountant and joins the firm with partner status to advise on corporate tax, property tax, VAT and employee share options schemes. Mishcons says that Slater held a “senior position” in the practice and has been there for 10 years. He will join Finers Stephens next month.

The firm has also appointed a new head of corporate and commercial after the existing head, Anthony Barling, was made managing partner last month (The Lawyer, 24 April). Paul Millett has been a partner in the firm's corporate finance group for three years, after he also joined from Mishcons.

Millett says: “We did have a corporate tax person who left recently to go into industry so we have been looking to fill the hole for some time. Brian was available and we were very pleased to get him. He will give tremendous support to the property department, where issues of VAT and property taxes are always coming up, as well as to this department.”

While Slater is not a lawyer, Millett says that his approach is exactly the same as that of a tax partner.