Tax Barrister Tessa Lorimer joins GSC Solicitors from CPS Central Fraud Unit

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London law firm, GSC Solicitors LLP, has announced the appointment of tax barrister Tessa Lorimer, who joins the firm today.

Tessa was previously at the Crown Prosecution Service’s Central Fraud Unit, where she was a Senior Specialist Tax Fraud Prosecutor, conducting high profile tax fraud investigations and prosecutions particularly multi-million pound direct tax fraud investigations, VAT and excise fraud and money laundering offences. She was previously at Revenue & Customs’ Prosecutions Office and the Inland Revenue Solicitors’ Office where she managed a large portfolio of the Revenue’s most complex tax cases. Tessa was called to the Bar in 1990.

Her appointment is part of the rapid expansion of their tax capability by GSC who, in the last 2 years, have developed a standalone Corporate Tax department with the appointment of Alastair Wilson from US law firm McDermott Will & Emery and barrister Menna Bowen, and a Tax Controversy group led by Nick Mogford, both of whom joined from Ernst & Young.

Commenting on the appointment, GSC Senior Partner Saleem Sheikh said: “We are delighted to welcome Tessa to the firm. Her extensive experience at the highest levels of tax investigation and prosecution will provide an invaluable resource to our private and corporate clients as the tax authorities increase their levels of activity. She will work closely with our Tax Advisory and Controversy teams providing a fully integrated service to our clients.”

Tessa Lorimer added: “I am looking forward to joining GSC at a time of growth for the firm’s tax department. As maximising tax revenue is a central tenet of government’s fiscal policy, with a particular focus on individuals and owner-managed businesses as well as offshore banks and assets, GSC will be able to offer clients a sophisticated capability in all areas of tax advice, investigation and dispute in the UK and overseas”.

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