Macfarlanes hires tax partner Akin Gump

Macfarlanes has bolstered its tax offering with the hiring of a Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Sophie Donnithorne-Tait joined from Akin Gump where she had been a partner for five years, according to a statement from Macfarlanes on Monday.

Prior to that, she also worked at Bingham McCutchen and Hogan Lovells, where she trained, according to her Linkedin profile.

She has particular expertise in advising on tax issues related to setting up fund structures and managing assets on behalf of investment fund clients. She is the second partner to leave Akin Gump’s London office in the past month, along with a restructuring partner Lois Deasey leave the company to join another company headquartered in the United States, Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Meanwhile, Macfarlanes recently lost a regulator partner to Goodwin Procter.

These changes come as some recruiters and partners predict a slowdown in lateral hiring in some areas, after a busy hiring period.

Companies continue to try to retain talent at all seniority levels. Akin Gump himself is now offering the highest newly qualified barrister salary in town, paying £179,000.

Akin Gump did not provide comment at the time of publication.

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