Moore Stephens loses high-profile tax specialist

Moore Stephens loses high-profile tax specialist

A highly-regarded tax specialist has left Moore Stephens for a rival mid-tier accounting firm.

Andrew Lam has recently been appointed a director of Hill Rogers Spencer Steer where he will head the firm’s tax advisory and compliance practice.

Mr Lam is a chartered tax adviser and a solicitor, having worked within leading taxation advisory teams, including at Deloitte, and at top-tier law firm Minter Ellison.

He has advised clients on the application of direct and indirect taxation laws across a range of industry sectors, including technology, education, publishing, financial services, property development, charities and associations.

Hill Rogers Spencer Steer managing director John Wilcox welcomed Mr Lam back to the firm at which he started his career as a graduate.

“We are thrilled that Andrew has returned to the firm," Mr Wilcox said. "His skill nicely complements our already strong SMEs and high-net-worth individuals tax practice and adds to it through his deep tax experience advising large private and public companies and not-for-profits.”

Speaking to AccountantsDaily, Mr Lam said he was excited to be back in a smaller firm environment.

“You have a closer relationship to the owners of a business [in the small firm environment], which I really enjoy. When you’re in a larger firm environment you’re generally dealing with in-house tax teams or in-house finance teams and they run the show, but at the end of the day they’re not really the decision-makers so it’s nice to be able to build relationships with the owners and the decision-makers in the businesses," Mr Lam said.

“Having started my professional career as a graduate with the firm, it was the genuine client care focus of Hill Rogers Spencer Steer that motivated my move back to the firm. I believe my practice will fit well within a supportive and growing accounting firm."

Mr Lam’s defection from Moore Stephens is one in a series of unfortunate events for the mid-tier network, which has lost its Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney offices in the last 12 months. However, the network has recently found a replacement firm in Melbourne as well as boosting its presence in Perth through a merger with UHY.

Moore Stephens loses high-profile tax specialist
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