Ms Blakelock (pictured) is joining KPMG from law firm McCullough Robertson, and previously Ashurst’s Sydney dispute resolution practice.
She has experience managing and resolving risk reviews and audits for high wealth individuals, SMEs and international taxpayers. She has also run tax litigation in the Federal Court, AAT and State courts for both taxpayers and the Commissioner of Taxation.
She joins KPMG's tax controversy practice leader, Angela Wood, and partners Sarah Dunn and Angelina Lagana to become the fourth partner in KPMG Law’s national tax controversy practice.
Ms Wood said: “This is a rapidly growing area for KPMG globally and in the region, and external developments such as the introduction of Australia’s Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law and the ATO’s ever-increasing focus on Transfer Pricing disputes have driven the need to recruit more specialist tax controversy expertise into KPMG Law.”
She continued: “We are delighted to appoint someone of Sarah’s experience to our national tax controversy practice. As a Harvard-trained negotiator, Sarah brings a unique approach to dispute engagement and resolution.”
KPMG began growing its legal arm beyond tax last year, posing a new threat to law firms.
A recent survey found that Australian graduates are now more attracted to major accounting firms than to big-name law firms.