Kinetic’s tax partner Ashford in law firm move

TAX INVESTIGATIONS EXPERT Gary Ashford has moved to law firm Harbottle & Lewis after a 16-month stint as tax partner with Top 50+50 firm Kinetic Partners.

Ashford has more than 25 years’ experience in tax, initially through HM Revenue & Customs, before a three-year spell in EY’s tax risk management team. He then moved to Grant Thornton, where he spent more than six years as director and head of tax investigations for the Midlands. In 2009 he left to become partner and national head of tax investigations and dispute resolution before joining Kinetic in 2013.

Ashford’s particular focus is offshore and avoidance taxation matters and developments in global transparency and the various FACTA, inter-governmental agreements. He is a CIoT council member and represents the institute on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Confédération Fiscale Européene (CFE), the umbrella body for tax advisers in Europe, and sit on the CFE General Assembly.

His client base includes ultra-high net worth individuals, trust and corporate clients.

Managing partner Glen Aitchison said: “Gary is an experienced tax specialist who has handled a number of very high profile tax enquires and investigations, building a reputation as a leading offshore tax risk and investigation expert. His extensive experience in serious tax investigations and large tax disputes will be a great asset to the firm, and especially to our clients who are facing new and ever-increasing challenges in the tax arena. Gary’s experience adds an additional dimension to our existing practice, enhancing the breadth and quality of our offering, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Ashford added: “I am delighted to join the Harbottle tax team. We are seeing huge developments in the tax world both in the UK and overseas and Harbottle and Lewis’ expertise in a very exciting sector to work in at this time”.

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