Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has strengthened its national tax practice with prominent tax adviser and former KPMG partner Peter Murray joining the firm. Peter will take on the role of Head of the firm’s tax practice.
Mr Murray’s appointment will add to the existing strength of the firm’s market-leading tax practice, in particular in corporate tax including tax consolidation, corporate restructures, M&A, tax dispute management and resolution and international tax.
Mr Murray was previously President of The Tax Institute, and is a current member of the Australian Taxation Office’s General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) Panel.
Hall & Wilcox Managing Partner, Tony Macvean, said the firm would continue to invest in its highly regarded tax practice, which also includes prominent partners Andrew O’Bryan, Anthony Bradica and Michael Parker and consultant, Keith James. “We are famous for our tax practice, and wish to consolidate the firm’s private/mid-market tax strength as well as increase the breadth and depth of the firm’s corporate tax practice.
“Peter is a leader of the tax profession and we think he will be a valuable addition as the firm continues to grow its presence nationally.”
Mr Murray said Hall & Wilcox was a logical choice due to its ambition and the fact big business is favouring firms with a more flexible approach over the traditional large firms. “Hall & Wilcox is a progressive firm, and well-placed in this current period of disruption and innovation.
“There is a strong trend of large corporates looking for firms such as Hall & Wilcox, which can move faster and don’t have the same red tape as the larger firms.”
Mr Murray’s appointment is part of a recent round of acquisitions, internal appointments and lateral hires by Hall & Wilcox, the largest being a team from Sparke Helmore, including six partners, which recently joined the firm’s insurance practice. Peter brings with him senior associate John Boyagi.