Herbert Smith Freehills London tax litigator exits for Hogan Lovells

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) tax litigation partner Rupert Shiers has quit the firm to join Hogan Lovells as head of its direct tax disputes practice.

Shiers had been a partner at HSF and legacy Herbert Smith since 2011, moving to the firm from Scottish firm McGrigors, where he was also a partner (21 March 2011).

He made partner at McGrigors – now Pinsent Masons – in 2007 (20 April 2007) after joining the firm in 2001 when it merged with KLegal, the legal arm of KPMG.

Shiers has advised on HMRC enquiries and investigations and high-value litigation and has acted for high net-worth individuals and major companies such as Philips and Legal & General. He joins Hogan Lovells next Monday (24 June).

Hogan Lovells global tax co-head Fulvia Astolfi said in a statement: “With the high level of scrutiny of tax arrangements in the UK, the demand for tax disputes advice is set to increase. In addition, the ever growing legal structure to tribunal appeals means the role played by tax disputes lawyers is increasingly significant.”

Hogan Lovells did not promote any tax lawyers to its partnership in the City as part of its latest round of new partners on 1 January but made one tax specialist up in Munich (3 January 2013).

The news also follows a string of partner exits from HSF’s London contentious practice follow Herbert Smith’s merger with Australia’s Freehills, including Ted Greeno, Simon Bushell and global arbitration co-head Charles Kaplan, while funds partner Thiha Tun recently resigned for US firm Bingham McCutchen’s London office (3 June 2013).

For more on post-merger partner exits from Herbert Smith Freehills, see Feature: Out of practice