Two long-serving tax partners from Corrs Chambers Westgarth have defected to Johnson Winter & Slattery (JWS).
Reynah Tang (pictured) and Stewart Grieve, who have both worked at Corrs for over two decades, have joined JWS’s transactional and advisory practice in Melbourne.
Tang has advised on major tax disputes, such as the Full Federal Court appeal in Commissioner of Taxation v Ashwick (Qld).
He is also the immediate past president of the Law Institute of Victoria and a director of the Law Council of Australia.
Grieve was the partner-in-charge of Corrs’ tax disputes practice and specialises in advising major listed public companies on taxation investigations, dispute resolution and litigation.
Corrs’ Melbourne office dropped additional partners following a recent practice restructure. The firm’s corporate, finance and tax groups have merged, prompting the departure of corporate partner Peter Ickeringill to Baker & McKenzie.
Robert Regan, a partner and corporate divisional leader at Corrs, commented on the restructure: “We are changing our internal structure to match the way our clients see us and like to work with us.
“When they are conducting a deal, they want to work with a single team.”
Corrs partner Clare Corke, a banking and finance specialist, has also recently relocated from Melbourne to Brisbane.
This isn't the first time JWS has raided Corrs' partnership; the firm poached three M&A partners in March 2013.
Earlier this year, Corrs' headcount took another hit when the firm laid off four Sydney-based corporate lawyers.
Corrs has hired seven new partners this year with former Ashurst partner Rebecca Field being the firm’s latest appointment.