Pinsent Masons Tax Duo quits to join DLA Piper
DLA Piper has hired two tax associates from Pinsent Masons in London, including its head of tax litigation.
Partners Stuart Walsh and Clara Boyd will join the firm’s tax practice on August 8, leaving Pinsent Masons after more than a decade with the firm.
Walsh had been a partner at Pinsent Masons since 2012 and led the firm’s tax litigation arm. He has extensive experience in advising large corporations on VAT and excise matters, including the VAT and customs implications of the cross-border movement of goods to and from the UK.
Walsh will be joined by colleague Clara Boyd who has worked at the firm since 2005, according to her Linkedin. Boyd also advises major corporations on tax matters alongside Walsh and has acted in numerous major VAT cases before the courts. Boyd will join DLA as chief legal officer, according to a release regarding the moves.
International Tax Manager at DLA Piper, Jacques Wantz said: “Stuart and Clara have exceptional experience in indirect tax litigation.
These appointments will give us the strength to establish ourselves as a leader in tax litigation and we look forward to them joining us.
DLA Piper has gradually strengthened its tax team in London. Walsh and Boyd follow in the footsteps of their former colleague Jason Collins, who left Pinsent Masons in August 2021 to become Head of International Tax Litigation. More recently, the company added a BCLP partner Richard Harbot to the team.
Pinsent Masons had not provided comment at the time of publication.