Taylor Wessing hikes tax team with ex-Slaughters partner

Former Slaughter and May tax partner Richard Carson is poised to resurface at Taylor Wessing after ­retiring from the magic circle firm in April.

Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson

He joins a small number of Slaughters partners who have left to take roles at other City firms or with in-house teams.

Carson, who had been a partner at Slaughters since 1990, retired from the ­partnership on 30 April. He is joining Taylor Wessing as a full-time partner in ­January.

He focuses on tax advice within corporate deals, financing and restructuring, especially in the private equity and energy sectors.

He joined Slaughters in 1981, where he developed a practice acting for clients including Conoco-Phillips, Taylor Wimpey and ­Europcar.

Taylor Wessing tax and incentives head Peter ­Jackson said: “We look ­forward to strengthening our corporate tax offering through Richard’s considerable experience and expertise, acquired during his many years at Slaughter and May.

“It will benefit both our clients and the development and promotion of the ­existing members of the ­corporate tax team.”

Partner departures from Slaughters are few and far between. Corporate partner Lucy Wylde retired from the firm on 30 April to take up a role as general counsel for HM Treasury’s Asset ­Protection Agency (The Lawyer.com, 21 December 2010).

James Savory, another Slaughters tax partner, left the Bunhill Row firm in 1996 to work in-house at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, following which he became head of practice development in Allen & Overy’s tax team.