Jones Day hires 8 tax lawyers from Clayton Utz

By Jerome Doraisamy|13 May 2019

Global firm Jones Day has moved to expand its “worldwide tax capabilities” by appointing eight tax controversy lawyers, all from BigLaw firm Clayton Utz, for its Melbourne office.

A team of eight tax controversy lawyers – led by Dr Niv Tadmore – has joined Jones Day in its Melbourne office, commencing work today.

The team has come across from Clayton Utz, Jones Day noted in a statement, and includes counsels Steven Small, Simon Bowden and Benjamin Lancaster, and associates Alexandra Fraser, Kipling Milton, Richard Keys and Eloise Verbeek.

The firm’s co-leader of its tax practice, Joe Goldman, said Jones Day was “excited to add this outstanding group of lawyers” to its global team.


“Our multinational clients are facing more complex tax disputes, with increasing cooperation among revenue authorities. Niv is a widely respected and seasoned tax dispute resolution lawyer, and our new Australian tax group is routinely involved in high-stakes cross-border tax controversy for leading corporations,” he said.

“They share our client-driven focus. We look forward to working with them to offer our clients even more innovative solutions to their challenges.”

Jones Day partner-in-charge of the Melbourne office Tim L’Estrange added: “Niv Tadmore is a world-renowned tax controversy lawyer. Needless to say, in today’s global tax environment, clients need independent legal advice on how to deal with increasingly complex global tax regimes.

“In joining Jones Day, Niv and his colleagues will work with an exceptional group of tax professionals. Niv and his team bring experience and insights and will be invaluable resources for our local and global clients.”

The firm is “very fortunate to be adding Niv and his talented team of tax lawyers” to its ranks, said Jones Day’s Australian partner-in-charge, Chris Ahern.


“The abundance of skill, experience and fresh insights that this new tax team offers is sure to further the firm’s presence in Australia and beyond.”

And Dr Tadmore, who was a partner at Clayton Utz, said: “The global tax environment is more dynamic than it has ever been, becoming more harmonious in terms of rules, and yet many of these rules are fuzzy and many countries are supplementing these rules with unilateral measures. Clients seek global, coordinated and seamless advice that is multi-jurisdictional in terms of experience, knowledge, depth and execution.

“As a group with diverse skills, backgrounds and personalities, we all like what we do, we like working together, and we live and breathe international tax. Jones Day’s cross-jurisdictional approach to collaborative client service is one big reason we are here.”

He concluded: “Other reasons include, of course, the firm’s incredible reputation for client service and its formidable talent across jurisdictions and practices around the world. Jones Day is a perfect fit.”

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