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KPMG recruits to boost tax services


KPMG has announced three senior hires to enhance the firm’s tax controversy services in Australia.

By Michael Masterman 8 minute read

Angela Wood, formerly a senior tax controversy partner at Maddocks law firm will lead the enhanced team and is bringing senior tax lawyers Ross Hocking and Angelina Lagan with her.

KPMG said the move represents a significant investment by KPMG Legal and Tax Services and confirms its position as the premier practice in Australia for tax controversy services.

Nationally, KPMG Legal and Tax Services will grow to a practice of nine partners and special counsel, specialising in tax controversy services, with dedicated offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Gary Wingrove, KPMG chief executive said the hires reflect KPMG’s investment-led growth agenda, demonstrating a commitment to investing across all parts of the business.

“Companies are increasingly demanding specialist expertise and by meeting their needs we will achieve growth both for our own firm and for our clients. This recruitment will confirm KPMG’s position as the premier tax controversy practice in Australia,” he said.

Rosheen Garnon, the firm’s national managing partner – tax praised the appointment of all three recruits.

"The KPMG Legal and Tax Services practice has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months attracting leading professionals and the recruitment of renowned experts such as Angela, Ross and Angelina will give it real, further momentum.”

“Unlike other professionals in the field, who typically only act for taxpayers, Angela, Ross and Angelina offer clients a distinctive proposition and perspective, having represented the ATO for a number of years in leading tax cases. Applying this experience, they can offer clients a unique insight into how to manage their interaction with the ATO and formulate the most appropriate strategy to avert or achieve early resolution of any tax dispute,” she said.

KPMG said it has a focused growth strategy offering niche legal services focusing on tax with tax dispute resolution an area the firm has targeted for particular attention.

"A recent survey by KPMG International showed that 75 per cent of tax executives globally were involved in a tax examination or dispute with a tax authority. In Australia the firm is seeing a rise in disputes with a cross-border element, which is why we are busy recruiting specialist tax lawyers who can help companies operating both domestically and internationally. The Maddocks lawyers joining will be of tremendous assistance in this respect,” Ms Garnon said.

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