Eversheds Named Tax Practice Group of The Year

Eversheds is pleased to announce that its Tax Practice Group has been selected as Practice Group of the Year for the third consecutive year, and for the sixth time in the last seven years.

A tax is a compulsory financial charge or some other type of levy imposed on a taxpayer by a governmental organisation in order to fund government spending and various public expenditures, and tax compliance refers to policy actions and individual behaviour aimed at ensuring that taxpayers are paying the right amount of tax at the right time and securing the correct tax allowances and tax reliefs.

The group has been recognised for its role in helping clients succeed in high-stakes litigation and critical business challenges in Federal, International, and State and Local tax.

The Law360 Practice Group of the Year award honours law firms that have worked on the biggest deals or have achieved the biggest wins in the most important cases throughout the legal industry in the past year.

Eversheds Sutherland serves as tax counsel to many of the world’s most prominent corporations – including more than 35 of the Fortune 100 – in every area of federal, international, state and local tax law. Our prominence in legal tax services dates back to the firm’s founding nearly a century ago.

More than 100 tax attorneys represent taxpayers in federal, international, employee benefits, insurance, tax exempt, and state and local tax matters.

By virtue of the size of our tax practice and our varied client base, we are active in every area of taxation – from planning the most complex corporate tax transactions to representing taxpayers in administrative and judicial tax controversies.

Pinsent Masons Law Firm Realigns its Professional Services Offering

Professional services are occupations in the service sector requiring special training in the arts or sciences. Some professional services, such as architects, accountants, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and teachers, require the practitioner to hold professional degrees or licenses and possess specific skills.

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has brought together a range of skill set offerings to launch a professional services practice group as it further embeds its strategy to become a purpose-led professional services business with law at the core.

Pinsent Masons Vario, will become a practice group and sit alongside the firm’s traditional legal practice service lines, and will combine the firm’s flexible resourcing division, diversity and inclusion consultancy Brook Graham, technology and consulting group, legal project management and managed legal services capabilities in response to client demand for commercial expertise alongside legal capabilities.

Over the past three financial years, Pinsent Masons Vario has achieved average year-on-year growth in excess of 30% and has opened in four new jurisdictions. In addition to this, it has grown its global client base to 250 clients in the past year.

Pinsent Masons Overview

Pinsent Masons was born out of a merger between Birmingham firm Pinsent & Co and Leeds firm Simpson Curtis in 1995. A London presence came in 2001 via a merger with City boutique Biddle with the rescue of the Midlands part of collapsing firm Garretts a year later.

The final piece of the jigsaw came in 2004, when Pinsents merged with Masons – a firm with a stellar reputation in the fields of construction, engineering, projects, energy and tech, with offices in London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The early years were not entirely carefree: there were problems integrating the two legacy Manchester offices, a stream of partner departures included insurance dispute practice head James Crabtree and Bristol commercial property group head Rosemary Pike, and staff satisfaction was not all it could be; however, partner profits rocketed an unheard-of 70 per cent, from £234,000 to £400,000, in 2005/06.

Michael Davison to Become Hogan Lovells Deputy Chief Executive

Hogan Lovells Chief Executive Miguel Zaldivar has nominated, with the Board’s full support and unanimous approval, London-based litigation partner Michael Davison as the firm’s proposed Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 1 July 2020.

Hogan Lovells is an American-British law firm co-headquartered in London and Washington, D.C. It was formed in 2010 by the merger of the American law firm Hogan & Hartson and the British law firm Lovells.

An international arbitration lawyer by background, Michael is qualified in England, France and the Republic of Ireland. He currently heads our Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice and is involved in the TMT and ENRG industry groups.

His clients include AES, Koch and Transocean.

Michael has been described by The Legal 500 as “undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe” and by Chambers and Partners as “absolutely brilliant.”

Michael has been a member of the International Management Committee since 2013 and, alongside his client and management commitments, he has been a major supporter of and contributor to the firm’s pro bono work and diversity and inclusion commitments.

He has a strong interest in the use of technology including AI to support our clients and is leading a number of projects in this area.

The recommendation of Zaldivar to become the firm’s CEO is subject to a confirmation vote by partners, the results of which are expected to be announced later in December.

His appointment would make him the only current Amlaw 50 law firm leader of Hispanic American origin. Michael Davison’s appointment as Deputy CEO is conditional on Miguel Zaldivar’s appointment being agreed by the partnership.