BLP turns to Freshfields for tax boost

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued with its strategy of bulking up its tax practice by picking ­former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer director Alan Sinyor to join its strategic tax team.

Sinyor will head the VAT practice at BLP and will focus on contentious and non-contentious VAT and indirect tax work.

A BLP spokesperson said: “We’re one of the very few teams in the City that can provide full-service tax advice and that wants to be known for its tax ­capability.”

BLP decided to emphasise tax as a standalone ­practice area in 2007 and bagged Clifford Chance’s Michael Wistow to run the department. Since then it has grown the practice to a total of 22 partners.

Freshfields’ VAT practice is run by partner Robert Kent.