US firm Dorsey & Whitney has hired a key tax official from the European Commission to bolster its UK contentious tax team.

Paul Farmer will join Dorsey’s London office as a partner from the Commission, where he was head of analysis and co-ordination of tax policies.

Prior to working at the Commission, Farmer was a barrister with Pump Court Tax Chambers.

He will work under head of tax litigation Simon Whitehead. Dorsey has made a name for itself in contentious tax matters and the London office is currently working on the group litigation order (GLO) filed by Dorsey on behalf of corporate clients such as Marks & Spencer and Cadbury Schweppes against Inland Revenue, claiming that UK tax law is incompatible with EU law.

London managing partner Paul Klaas said: “We are delighted that Paul has joined us. His background and experience are a perfect fit with our world-class tax practice.”