McGrigors boosts tax team with double barrister hire

McGrigors has made a second barrister hire for its tax team in less than a month as senior Government lawyer Dennis Dixon joins the firm.

Dixon’s appointment comes just weeks after The Lawyer revealed that McGrigors was hiring 18 Red Lion Court’s Jonathan Fisher QC for a push into regulatory and white-collar crime work.

McGrigors head of tax litigation James Bullock said McGrigors had always handled all of its own advocacy in procedural matters, but that Dixon’s and Fisher’s arrivals would not reduce the firm’s relationship with the tax bar. Dixon is moving into private practice after eight years at HM Revenue & Customs, where he worked with the anti-avoidance group. He has advised on a number of high-profile cases, including information powers relating to banks.

Bullock said the hire of Dixon will strengthen the firm’s expertise in anti-avoidance work in particular, which he sees as a growing area.

Dixon said: “In terms of the market in tax litigation, McGrigors are the leading team. There’s an excellent opportunity to carry on advising in the anti-avoidance areas, but from a different perspective.”

Dixon starts work at McGrigors today (14 August), while Fisher is set to arrive in September.