RPC appoints McGrigors’ Head of Civil Tax Litigation

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City law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has appointed McGrigors’ Head of Civil Tax Litigation, Mark Whitehouse, as a partner in its tax litigation team. Mark set up the tax litigation practice within KPMG’s law firm, Klegal, in 2000 before it merged with McGrigors. Trained at Allen & Overy, he has also worked within HMRC Solicitor’s Office and KPMG’s tax advisory practice.

Mark has wide ranging experience in EU and direct tax litigation and has acted for numerous blue chip and multinational clients, handling cases through from tribunal to House of Lords via the European Court of Justice.

RPC’s tax litigation team is headed by Fiona Walkinshaw who joined the firm in 2003 after several years at Garretts, the Andersen tied law firm. The team works closely with Deloitte and Ernst & Young and acts for clients such as Fiat, BIC and Marsh. Fiona recently acted for the Compass Group in its successful and widely reported VAT claim against HMRC. The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in June this year.

Says Walkinshaw: “I’m delighted that we have attracted one of the leading lawyers in the tax litigation field. Mark has a great track record and has been involved in some of the most important and groundbreaking cases in recent years. We have both worked actively in the EU group litigation since its inception in 2001 and I am confident that we will build a hugely successful practice going forward.”

Says Whitehouse: “RPC has a well established and highly rated tax litigation practice. I’m joining the firm at a very exciting time in its development and looking forward to working with Fiona to build a team that can rival the best in the City.”

Mark’s arrival follows closely on the appointment of his senior assistant from McGrigors, tax lawyer Guy Adams, earlier this month. The team will also be joined in early October by Claudine Raggett, a newly qualified lawyer from Dorsey & Whitney.

The appointments underline RPC’s commitment to building on its already strong tax litigation capability.

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