Australia: Corporate Tax 2017

Recommended in our first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Australia are 42 leading corporate tax lawyers. Their expertise includes national and international taxation matters and capital gains tax, income tax, audits and taxation relating to transactions and capital and debt markets. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. John W de Wijn QC Owen Dixon Chambers West, Melbourne
2. Kristen Deards Banco Chambers, Sydney
3. Allan Blaikie Clayton Utz, Sydney
4. Tony Frost Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
5. Tony Slater QC Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers, Sydney

VICTORIAN BAR is the leading set in this year’s research with five barristers listed for their expertise.
Simon Steward QC is “the preeminent barrister in Victoria” and is recognised for his taxation and revenue skills, particularly in relation to administrative matters.
Gregory Davies QC has a renowned practice and is a noted specialist in the field.
The highly revered Frank O'Loughlin has extensive corporate experience alongside matters relating to trusts and has been engaged in tax decisions at appellate level in the Australian courts.
Helen Symons QC is a superb barrister who is well regarded for her advocacy skills as well as her administrative and commercial tax experience.
Terry Murphy QC is a distinguished figure who is recognised for his corporate and commercial tax expertise.

KING & WOOD MALLESONS emerges as the leading law firm our listings with four practitioners.
David Wood has over three decades of experience advising corporate entities on tax matters including international taxation and tax audits. He is also an experienced tax litigator.
Michael Clough specialises in income tax matters arising in both national and international capital and debt markets and transactions, where he is highly esteemed.
Michael Perez has expertise in income tax, stamp duty and goods and services taxation. He advises a range of multinational clients with a particular emphasis on natural resources.
Andrew Clements is highly regarded in the fields of capital gains tax consolidation, imputation and international taxation.

CLAYTON UTZ sees three lawyers recognised.
The “incredibly well-regarded and respected” Allan Blaikie is one of the highest-scoring practitioners in our research. He has over four decades of experience advising corporations on tax issues including major tax litigation and government investigations.
Niv Tadmore is noted for his wide-ranging tax expertise with a particular emphasis on cross-border matters, transfer pricing and and resolving disputes with the Australian Tax Office.
Mark Friezer is highly respected in the field and specialises in taxation of financial instruments and transactions, trusts, capital gains tax and treaties.

ALLENS achieves three listings this year.
Market leader Charles Armitage has almost three decades of experience advising multinational corporations on all aspects of taxation.
Martin Fry advises numerous national and international clients on a broad range of taxation issues including cross-border matters.
Lawrence Magid specialises in corporate income tax on both a national and international level and is recognised as one of Australia’s eminent corporate tax practitioners.

JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY sees three of its lawyers recommended in our research.
The superb Reynah Tang is noted for his international corporate tax practice which includes taxation implications from transactions and tax audits.
Richard Gelski has over four decades of expertise and is a leading figure in cross-border tax matters and tax-effective financing.
Prashanth Kainthaje is a specialist in federal and state Australian tax law and is recognised as a highly respected adviser in the corporate sphere.

James Hmelnitsky SC is highly regarded in national taxation matters and has appeared for a range of clients at appellate level. One respondent says, “He is one of the leaders and an excellent advocate.”
The “well-regarded” Chloe Burnett is a tax specialist with a respected alternative dispute resolution practice.
David Thomas has expertise in complex corporate tax and revenue matters including litigation. He is a recognised leader in the field.

Two individuals are recognised at GROUND FLOOR WENTWORTH CHAMBERS.
Tony Slater QC is one of the most nominated practitioners in our research and is known for his extensive tax practice. One peer says, “He is head and shoulders above the rest, the preeminent silk in tax law.”

MINTERELLISON sees two lawyers listed.
Adrian Varrasso is recommended for his expertise in tax matters related to commercial transactions where he has advised multinational corporate entities.
Peter Poulos is recognised as a tax controversy specialist, and has over 25 years’ experience.

One silk and one senior counsel are listed at NEW CHAMBERS.
David Bloom QC is “a senior statesman” in the field of corporate taxation and revenue matters, according to commentators.
Tom Thawley SC has vast experience in cross-border taxation matters and has also appeared at appellate level. He is recognised for his established and well-regarded practice.

OWEN DIXON CHAMBERS WEST sees John de Wijn QC recognised as one of the leading practitioners in our research. He has over 30 years’ experience at the Australian bar, during which time he has specialised in taxation and revenue law.

Kristen Deards at BANCO CHAMBERS is a leading figure in corporate tax law in Australia. She has appeared in the gamut of tax cases including GST and transfer pricing disputes at the highest levels of court.

GREENWOODS & HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ managing director Tony Frost specialises in tax law relating to financial services transactions and is esteemed for his experience handling cross-border taxation matters.

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