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EVERSHEDS' head of tax Reg Nock has left after just eight months, branding his appointment "a mistake".The revelation is accompanied by mounting speculation that the firm is planning to merge with a Scottish firm.Nock joined Eversheds in June, having previously written legal tax publications at Deloitte & Touche. He left abruptly on 23 February.Nock is also a qualified barrister.Peter Scott, managing partner at Eversheds, ref-used to comment on the reasons why Nock left, or whether he served a notice period.Nock says he resigned and left on the same day. "It was a big mistake on both our parts. Both sides decided to cut their losses and end it."Meanwhile, a number of sources have named both Burness and McClure Naismith as possible merger partners.A source says Eversheds has approached a number of medium-sized Scottish firms. "I would question the economics of a move. It is an expensive exercise to open an office without a client basis."Burness would be a big bite to swallow."Twenty-five partner Burness is recognised as a strong corporate firm. It opened offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow last year, changing its name from W&J Burness WS to Burness.Kenneth Ross, managing partner at Burness, dismissed a merger with the national firm. "We are not in merger discussions with Eversheds - we deal with them in joint ventures."However, Ross would not rule out the possibility of a merger in the future. "We would consider anything. We are pleased with the way things are going at the moment, and we are not complacent."A spokeswoman for Eversheds says: "We have no current plans to merge with a Scottish firm."McClure Naismith was unavailable for comment.
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