Stewarts is expanding its Tax Litigation and Investigations team with three new lateral hires; James Le Gallais, Sarah Stenton and Lisa Vanderheide.

The department will shortly have seven partners or equivalent, making it one of the largest specialist tax disputes teams in London.

James Le Gallais has joined the department as a partner from Peters & Peters. He was previously a barrister at Five Paper Buildings. James will be helping to develop opportunities in commercial tax litigation, adding to the departments already significant instructions in this area (which includes multi-million pound group actions, e.g. the Ingenious case).

Lisa Vanderheide and Sarah Stenton join the department as Tax Directors to develop opportunities in tax investigations, complex and high value enquires, “COP 9” and other pre-litigation issues.

James, Lisa and Sarah will join existing partners David Pickstone, and Victor Cramer.  In addition, the department is appointing Lee Ellis (who joined from HMRC in 2015) and Darren Kidd (who joined from HSF in 2015) as partners from 1 May 2019. 

Head of Tax Litigation, David Pickstone comments:

“The arrival of James, Lisa and Sarah marks further evolution for the tax litigation capability at Stewarts. We now have four distinct areas under the contentious tax umbrella; direct tax litigation, indirect tax litigation, tax investigations and commercial tax litigation.

“The addition of tax investigations means we will be able to offer advice to clients at an earlier stage in any dispute with HMRC, in addition to seeing cases through to Tribunal if necessary.”



The team expansion has been covered in The Lawyer – to read their article please click here – Stewarts adds firepower in tax disputes with partner hire



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