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Asia Guide

Tax: The Bar (The Bar) — Australia

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Jennifer Batrouney QC

Douglas Menzies' Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jennifer Batrouney QC of List A Barristers (Douglas Menzies' Chambers) has a broad practice that encompasses significant expertise in charities, payroll tax and GST. She is especially active on public tax work, and receives instructions from a range of government entities, public foundations and industrial associations, in addition to representing corporate clients.

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New Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Unanimously hailed as a leader in the tax market, David Bloom QC of New Chambers remains a revered figure at the Sydney Bar whose expertise on transfer pricing and anti-avoidance issues is renowned. Market commentators describe him as "very high-profile and well known in the tax field," noting his "speciality in doing large cases." In a recent notable case he acted for Chevron in Chevron v Commissioner of Taxation.

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Gregory Davies QC

Chancery Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Gregory Davies QC of Greens List (Chancery Chambers) makes regular appearances in taxation and revenue matters before the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia at trial and appellate levels. He is considered an "elder statesman" of the field. He was recently involved with Commissioner of Taxation v Orica Limited, a Federal Court case regarding the application of Part IVA to intragroup lending arrangements.

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John W de Wijn QC

Owen Dixon Chambers West

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

John de Wijn QC of List A Barristers (Owen Dixon Chambers West) is consistently recognised for his wealth of experience and penchant for acting in landmark cases. In addition to his expertise in general taxation and revenue matters, he has a deep knowledge of stamp duty issues. He appeared alongside Tom Thawley for the Commissioner in Chevron v Commissioner of Taxation.

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James Hmelnitsky SC

Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Revered for the potency of his advocacy, James Hmelnitsky SC of Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers is widely regarded as one of the most proficient tax barristers at the Sydney Bar. Peers applaud his technical ability and advocacy style, describing him as "calm, patient and thorough, and incredibly popular." He acted for the Commissioner of Taxation in News Australia Holdings P/L v FCT in a case concerning the issue of whether income is derived on a cash or accruals basis, in the context of an intercompany loan at interest between an Australian parent and foreign subsidiary.

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Eleven Wentworth

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

A taxation specialist with a formidable disputes expertise, Mark Richmond SC of Eleven Wentworth frequently handles direct and indirect taxation cases, winning the praise of his peers, who describe him as "very knowledgeable about tax and a great barrister." His recent highlights include News Australia Holdings Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation, a case concerning the issue of whether a taxpayer should account for its income on a cash or accruals basis.

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Aickin Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

An acclaimed taxation specialist, Simon Steward QC of List A Barristers (Aickin Chambers) is often mandated by clients in Victoria and New South Wales. He acted for EBS against the Commissioner of Taxation in respect of notice of assessment of GST net amounts issued by the Commissioner disallowing approximately AUD220 million of input tax credits. 

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Brendan Sullivan SC

Tenth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Brendan Sullivan of Tenth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers is well known for his expertise on income tax, GST and state tax related matters, acting regularly for both the ATO and taxpayers. Market commentators praise his well-grounded style of advocacy, saying: "He's a really hard worker and well respected. He's great, a really solid performer."

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Helen M. Symon SC

Melbourne Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Helen Symon SC of Young's List (Melbourne Chambers) receives frequent instruction from the Commissioner of Taxation on cases brought before the Supreme Court of Victoria, Federal Court of Australia and High Court of Australia. Her practice extends to cover a broad range of administrative law and commercial litigation, practising in both an advisory and a disputes context. Recently she appeared for the respondent on a special leave application in Commissioner of State Revenue v ACN 005 052 349 Pty Ltd, in which it was decided that the Commissioner was not under a duty to issue amended land tax assessments and refund an excess amount of land tax that he had been paid.

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New Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tom Thawley SC of New Chambers wins acclaim as a barrister who is "incredibly popular" and can be counted among the individuals with the "bulk of the good work in Sydney tied up between them." His skills are additionally praised, with commentators noting that he is "really, really technically able." He was engaged to appear for the Commissioner of Taxation opposite David Bloom in Chevron v Commissioner of Taxation.

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Chancery Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

A former deputy commissioner of the ATO, Terry Murphy QC of List A Barristers (Chancery Chambers) is esteemed for his advisory taxation work related to significant transactions and his proficiency in alternative dispute resolution. He is regularly mandated by trusts, private groups and public companies in mediation, evaluation and facilitation proceedings.

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Mark Robertson QC

Level Twenty Seven Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mark Robertson QC of Level Twenty Seven Chambers is reputed in the New South Wales and Queensland markets, with one source describing him as "technically able" and in possession of "superior knowledge of trusts." He acted for the Whitby Land Company in Whitby Land Company Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation in a case that contested the ATO's assessments of trustees' income tax liabilities.

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Andrew Broadfoot QC

Aickin Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Although in possession of broad expertise relating to a variety of commercial matters, Andrew Broadfoot QC of Dever's List (Aickin Chambers) also has an aptitude for international taxation and revenue matters. He has recently taken silk at the Melbourne Bar and possesses considerable appellate expertise. He acted in Elecnet (Aust) Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation in a case concerning income tax, trust law principles and matters of statutory interpretation.

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Banco Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kristen Deards of Banco Chambers is a market leader for her opinion and appearance work for taxpayers and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). She is widely considered a standout junior at the Sydney Bar due to her frequent appearances in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the Federal and the High Court of Australia on income tax and GST matters. She has particular expertise in matters relating to international anti-avoidance issues, with a focus on areas such as transfer pricing and Part IVA cases. She recently acted in Uber BV v Commissioner of Taxation, in which the Federal Court found that the services supplied under the uberX service fell within the remit of the relevant legislation.

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Owen Dixon Chambers West

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Many hold Lisa Hespe of Greens List (Owen Dixon Chambers West) in high regard as the leading tax junior in Melbourne, with commentators acknowledging her as a "favourite junior of the top silks." She advises major multinational clients regarding audits and disputes, including appearing on significant taxation cases before the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.

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Owen Dixon Chambers West

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Frank O'Loughlin of Foley's List (Owen Dixon Chambers West) is a recognised tax expert, with tax matters comprising a significant portion of his broader commercial practice. He represents clients before the Supreme, Federal and High Courts, and in alternative dispute resolution. Peers across the board describe him as "very experienced" and "one of the top juniors" in the tax field.

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Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chloe Burnett of Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers is experienced acting on prominent matters and is viewed favourably by accountancy firms, solicitors and tax silks. One source considers her to be "a top tax barrister" who is "strong on the academic side of things." She is regularly engaged to advise on international taxation issues and acted for the respondent alongside James Hmelnitsky in Cable & Wireless Australia Pacific Holding BV v Commissioner of Taxation.

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Aickin Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Peers are in agreement that Andrew De Wijn of Foley's List (Aickin Chambers) is a growing force in Supreme and Federal Court disputes regarding income tax and anti-avoidance decisions.

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Owen Dixon Chambers West

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Julianne Jaques of Greens List (Owen Dixon Chambers West) is regularly instructed by the ATO, and in one recent highlight was engaged on Gould v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation. She is also well equipped to assist clients with alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediations and evaluations.

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Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bradley Jones of Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers regularly receives both contentious and non-contentious mandates from the state and Commonwealth revenue authorities, corporates in a range of sectors and high net worth individuals. He is also experienced with income tax matters and previously worked with the ATO advising on large corporate audits and disputes. He recently appeared alongside James Hmelnitsky in EBS v Commissioner of Taxation.

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Aickin Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Daniel McInerney of List A Barristers (Aickin Chambers) is highly skilled acting on tax anti-avoidance matters, including base erosion and profit-shifting cases. He is a trusted counsel for a stable of accountancy firms and is described by one market commentator as a "go-to junior for a number of silks."

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Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Michael O'Meara of Sixth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers is a seasoned junior with a consistent track record of appearing on noteworthy cases. One client describes him as a "standout junior" in the field. Recent highlights include his participation in Blank v Commissioner of Taxation, a case concerning a question of assessable income where the taxpayer participated in an employee incentive profit participation agreement.

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New Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chris Peadon of New Chambers is considered  an "excellent tax barrister" by clients and wins praise for "fighting for his clients while providing objective advice." He is frequently engaged by the ATO, and he participated in The Bell Group Ltd (in liq.) v FCT, a case concerning a 25-year AUD260 million dispute arising from settlement of litigation with banks.

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Third Floor Wentworth Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

With his tax advisory practice coming strongly recommended, Ian Stanley of Third Floor Wentworth Chambers is described by sources as a "very experienced provider of tax advice."

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Aickin Chambers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Eugene Wheelahan of Aickin Chambers devotes a significant proportion of his practice to tax matters, having appeared for both taxpayers and the Commissioner of Taxation in leading cases in the High Court and Federal Court. His peers describe him as a "pre-eminent junior for tax" and praise his "excellent paperwork" as well as his ability to advocate without needing to be led. He recently appeared in Financial Synergy Holdings Pty Ltd v Federal Commissioner of Taxation, which concerned the interaction of consolidation and capital gains tax provisions where pre-CGT assets were involved in determining allocable cost amount.

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