Macfarlanes has strengthened its tax offering with the hire of a partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Sophie Donnithorne-Tait joins from Akin Gump where she had been a partner for the past five years, according to a statement by Macfarlanes on Monday.
Prior to that, she also has experience working at Bingham McCutchen and Hogan Lovells, where she trained, according to her Linkedin profile.
She has particular expertise in advising on tax issues relating to the establishment of fund structures and asset management on behalf of investment fund clients. She is the second partner to leave Akin Gump’s London office in the past month, with restructuring partner Lois Deasey leaving the firm to join another U.S.-headquartered firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Meanwhile Macfarlanes recently lost a regulatory partner to Goodwin Procter.
The moves come as some recruiters and partners predict a slowdown in lateral hiring in certain areas, following a busy hiring period.
Firms continue to try to hold onto talent at all levels of seniority. Akin Gump itself now offers the highest newly qualified lawyer salary in the city, paying £179,000.
Akin Gump did not provide comment at the time of publication.