Leading Barrister Joins Tax Litigation & Regulatory Team at McGrigors

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McGrigors has announced the appointment of renowned white collar and corporate crime barrister Jonathan Fisher, QC. Jonathan joins the market-leading tax litigation and regulatory team in September and will become a partner on his admission as a dual qualified barrister and solicitor. He joins from 18 Red Lion Court, one of the largest and specialised crime chambers in the country.

Fisher, who specialises in cases involving fraud, tax, money laundering, serious organised crime, confiscation, financial markets, corporate crime, and health and safety, is listed as a leading silk and for 12 years was Standing Counsel to the Inland Revenue at the Old Bailey and London Crown Courts.

McGrigors tax litigation and regulatory team is the only such team in the City to have a Leading Counsel within its ranks and the appointment positions the firm at the cutting edge of regulatory advisory work. Fisher will perform a role as Counsel and develop his own practice area within McGrigors.

The announcement follows McGrigors win of the coveted "Best Tax Team in Law Firm" category at the LexisNexis Butterworths Taxation Awards 2006, and its recent hire of David Anderson from KPMG, Tamara Solecki from the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) and Sam Davies from Deloitte.

James Bullock, Head of Tax Litigation and Regulatory at McGrigors, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to our growing tax litigation and regulatory practice. I have known and worked with Jonathan for more than 10 years and greatly respect him as a leading lawyer and advocate in the realm of tax investigations, corporate crime and regulatory enforcement.

"Jonathan’s expertise as a leading white collar barrister will greatly enhance our capability to take a market leading position in relation to civil fraud and corporate crime. Regulatory issues are increasingly important for companies and Jonathan will play a key role in developing a regulatory offering – particularly in the resolution and prevention of enforcement action and critical incidents".

Jonathan Fisher, QC, said:

“The landscape for providing legal services has shifted radically in recent years, and further changes are inevitable. This is particularly so in the rapidly developing areas of tax investigation, corporate crime and regulatory enforcement. Clients require a holistic response. This is difficult to deliver through the polarised division at the Bar between chambers which tend either to specialise in commercial or in criminal work.

“My joining McGrigors affords me the opportunity to continue providing clients with strategic advice and one stop advocacy, other than advocacy in tax cases, representation at the highest level, within the environment of a highly dynamic legal firm. I have worked with the tax litigation and regulatory partners at McGrigors over a number of years and I am truly delighted to be joining such a talented, highly committed and friendly team. This is plainly the way forward for the delivery of specialised legal services in the coming years”.

Fisher is a legal panel member of the Accountancy Investigation and Disciplinary Board. In addition, he is a visiting professor at Cass Business School where he lectures on financial services regulation and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, lecturing on corporate and financial crime. A co-author of two books, The Law of Investor Protection and Pharmacy Law & Practice, he is a leading member of the Fraud Advisory Panel and has recently been invited by the highly regarded Chartered Institute of Taxation to apply for election by Fellowship Thesis.

In his career to date, Fisher has been instructed by a wide variety of solicitors, ranging from those working in international law firms and FTSE 100 companies, to sole practitioners, as well as Government departments such as the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and CPS. He has appeared as an advocate in a number of cases involving applications for international mutual assistance, both inside and outside the United Kingdom.

Fisher will join McGrigors in mid-September, initially as a consultant. He will join the partnership on appointment as a solicitor by the Law Society of England & Wales.

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