The quietest team move ever ? 3 tax partners move from Baker Tilly to Moore Stephens

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Moore Stephens is being surprisingly quiet about a team it has extracted from Baker Tilly. Given the calibre of the people, you would have thought this is something to shout about.

Vince Wood, Tim Fussell and Kevin Philips all joined Moore Stephens this month, having previously been tax partners at Baker Tilly in London.

Vince Wood trained with Arthur Andersen and moved to Baker Tilly in 1999, where he has been a partner ever since. He advises listed, AIM and private companies across a range of sectors and offers international as well as domestic tax planning.

Typical work would include advising owner-managed businesses on CGT planning and employee share incentives. Also, providing tax advice on property matters and investment structures including offshore funds and REITs.


Tim Fussell was Head of Corporate Tax at Baker Tilly for the London and Eastern Regions. He had worked at the firm for 17 years, having previously trained with Ernst & Young. He too focuses on OMBs and he would typically advise on: Shareholder planning for company disposals, entrepreneurs relief planning, structuring both corporate sales and acquisitions, share buy backs, demergers and reconstructions and capital allowances.


Kevin Phillips joins Moore Stephens as an International Tax Partner, a role he held at Baker Tilly for 10 years. Kevin spent 18 years at Ernst & Young before he joined Baker Tilly.

There was an article in Accountancy Age in September 2014 that made reference to Jon Randall (former COO and tax partner at Baker Tilly) joining Moore Stephens with 3 (unnamed) fellow partners.

Addendum (20.11.14):

I received a press release today from Moore Stephen’s PR chaps. Couple of quotes have been copied below:

“Moore Stephens already has a strong Business Tax team,” says Timothy Fussell, who becomes head of the firm’s Business Tax Group. “By joining them, we see great potential to build on this capability, providing additional expert resource to help meet clients needs, both in the UK and internationally.”
The tax partners plan to build contacts and raise awareness of Moore Stephens business tax services in the UK and overseas. “We also see great potential to develop opportunities for clients – as well as for the firm – by working closely with the Moore Stephens International network,” says Kevin Phillips, who has particular experience in cross-border tax issues, especially UK-US. “By building relationships with colleagues internationally, we can advise clients looking to expand overseas, and those wanting to invest in UK operations.”

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