Pinsent Masons appoints Head of Indirect Tax Advisory
08 Mar, 2013
International law firm Pinsent Masons has strengthened its City tax practice with the appointment of Darren Mellor-Clark, who becomes the fourth senior appointment into the litigation and compliance group in 2013.
Darren, who joins as a Partner* and will be appointed as Head of Indirect Tax Advisory, is one of the UK’s leading indirect tax practitioners operating within the Financial Services sector. He will take on responsibility for growing Pinsent Masons’ overall VAT advisory practice.
Darren joins from KPMG, where he was an Associate Partner within the Indirect Tax Team, heading up their Banking and Funds team. Prior to this Darren was Head of VAT at UBS. He trained with HMRC and joins the growing number of senior members of the team who have an accountancy, in-house or HMRC background, bolstering the firm’s multi-disciplinary Tax practice’s position as the largest in a UK law firm.
Commenting on the appointment James Bullock, Head of Litigation & Compliance at Pinsent Masons, said: “Darren’s arrival demonstrates Pinsent Masons’ commitment to being a “one stop shop” for all tax services. We are delighted that Darren shares our vision for the delivery of tax advisory services from a law firm – and he brings the extra dimension of having held a senior in-house role, something which our clients really value. Darren will help us to build on our excellent tax reputation and our strength as an emerging force in the Financial Services sector.”
Commenting on his appointment Darren said: “I am delighted to be joining Pinsent Masons’ award-winning tax team and to help build a market leading VAT advisory practice in a law firm. Pinsent Masons has shown an incredible commitment to tax and the Financial Services sector generally. I have instructed the firm as a client before and I am delighted now to be one of the team.”
Darren’s arrival follows the appointment of financial services disputes specialist Michael Isaacs from Addleshaw Goddard, energy disputes expert John Gilbert from BP, and infrastructure disputes Partner Frederic Gillion from Fenwick Elliot.