A national law firm has hired a former big four accounting firm lawyer to head its new consulting arm.
Sparke Helmore Lawyers has launched Sparke Helmore Consulting Pty Ltd (SHC) as it attempts to “spearhead” into allied services.
According to a statement from Sparkes, SHC will offer a seamless integration between legal and non-legal services. Its initial focus will centre on providing tax advisory and strategic business consulting “to complement the core legal services currently provided to clients”.
Transactions advisory and tax controversy work will form the core of the tax service, it added.
Sydney-based Jonathan Doy has taken up the top job as CEO of SHC. He joins Sparkes from Crowe Horwath Australia where he was a partner. Prior to this he was a partner at PwC and principal of taxation services at Ernst & Young.
“Creating a new business entity made sense as the next step in the evolution of allied services at Sparke Helmore,” Mr Doy said on his new gig.
"I’m thrilled to be the CEO of this young business, providing exceptional service to a growing list of clients, working alongside outstanding legal colleagues."
Sparkes national managing partner Phillip Salem said the launch of the new consulting arm is in recognition of the increasing level of scrutiny around tax strategies, governance and risk management.
“Sparke Helmore Consulting is an exciting addition to our business and will open up many opportunities for our clients to work with us on a full-service capacity,” he said.
“Launching this business has been a priority on the firm’s strategic agenda and is an important milestone in our growth trajectory.”