Jason Collins to join DLA Piper as Head of International Tax Disputes
DLA Piper has announced the appointment of Jason Collins, a market-leading contentious tax lawyer, as Head of its International Tax Disputes practice, based in London.
Jason will join the firm in August from Pinsent Masons, where he has worked for over 20 years and was head of their Litigation, Regulatory & Tax teams. His practice focuses on the resolution of complex disputes. He represents corporate and individual clients who are the subject of a tax audit in all aspects of direct tax and VAT, as well as tax treaty and State aid disputes involving multiple jurisdictions. He has helped corporates engaged by HMRC in its High Risk Corporates Programme and, where necessary, handles litigation before the Tax Courts. Jason also represents individuals and companies under criminal investigation, regularly securing that no charges are pressed. Jason will be joined by senior associate Lauren Redhead, who also has extensive experience in corporate tax disputes.
Commenting, Global co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Tax practice, Jacques Wantz, said: “Jason is a strategic addition to our global Tax team and his appointment reflects our continued commitment to deepening our Tax Controversy and Disputes offering. He is an excellent practitioner and has a stellar reputation with a unique background in tax dispute resolution. The current tax environment is becoming ever more complex for large multinational companies as they face greater amounts of legislation. As a result we are seeing increasing demand from clients for advice and help on resolving their tax disputes and we expect this area will continue to grow in the coming years.”
DLA Piper’s UK Head of Tax, Ben Brown, added: “We have ambitious plans to grow our Tax Disputes practice in the UK and Jason’s appointment is a further step in pursuit of that strategy. Jason’s skills and experience in conducting tax disputes speak for themselves and he will make a significant contribution to our Tax team, as we continue to build out our offering to ensure we provide the highest quality advice to our clients globally. He has strong client relationships in the UK and Europe, and will work closely with our existing team to capitalise further on market opportunities that we are seeing across our practice.”