In brief: Tax man packs briefcase for Allen & Overy

Tax specialist Miles Walton is set to move from Wilde Sapte, where he has been a partner since 1984, to join Allen & Overy later this year. Walton, who helped establish the tax department at Wilde Sapte in 1983, will be the fourth tax partner at Allen & Overy which has a relatively small tax department for a City firm. Patrick Mears, head of corporate tax at Allen & Overy, said the firm wanted to expand the department and, after interviewing several people, chose Walton. Steven Blakely, managing partner at Wilde Sapte said he was sorry to see Walton go but added Wilde Sapte “has a very strong tax department, unlike Allen & Overy”.