Australia: Corporate Tax 2018

This year’s research into the Australian corporate tax market sees 45 practitioners nominated for their excellent work in the field. The research identifies the leading solicitors and barristers in the jurisdiction for their specialist insight into a broad range of areas, including transfer pricing, revenue law and audit management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Mark Richmond SC Eleven Wentworth Chambers, Sydney
2. Kristen Deards Banco Chambers, Sydney
3. John W de Wijn QC Owen Dixon Chambers West, Melbourne
4. Chloe Burnett Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers, Sydney

The “excellent” Mark Richmond of Eleven Wentworth Chambers is a pre-eminent name in the Australian corporate tax market, and an individual who commands great respect from colleagues. His practice is one of the most highly regarded by sources, thanks to his outstanding insight into matters such as transfer pricing and capital gains tax.

Banco Chambers’ Kristen Deards is “a very good lawyer” according to respondents and ranks as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research this year. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the field, she excels for her impeccable knowledge of superannuations, transfer pricing and international tax planning.

Owen Dixon Chambers West’s John de Wijn QC is praised by sources for his “standout reputation” in the market. He is an experienced and highly thought of individual, who has a wealth of knowledge of matters relating to revenue law.

Chloe Burnett of Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers is an outstanding practitioner with a well-established reputation as one of the country’s top tax lawyers. Rated by colleagues as one of the most highly regarded in the field, her practice provides insight into international tax and transfer pricing.
A “great lawyer”, James Hmelnitsky SC maintains a “very good reputation” in the Australian market. Respondents commend his in-depth understanding of revenue disputes.

Selborne & Wentworth Chambers, 10th Floor has an exceptional practitioner in Brendan Sullivan SC. He maintains a strong presence in the country’s corporate tax market, with his practice offering expertise on income tax and regulatory matters.

King & Wood Mallesons’ Jerome Tse is “a great practitioner” who applies his impressive experience to advising clients on the full spectrum of taxation issues. He is well respected by commentators, and is particularly adept when handling matters relating to transfer pricing and fund structuring.
Michael Clough is a top name at the firm, and boasts a superb reputation in the jurisdiction for his work on issues relating to employee incentives and supply chain taxation.

At Allens, Martin Fry is a highly recommended practitioner with “an excellent reputation” according to market observers. He is extremely knowledgeable on all manner of corporate tax matters, and regularly advises on taxation issues associated with international financing and corporate restructuring.
Craig Milner garners praise from respondents to our research this year. He is an excellent solicitor with specialist insight into the real estate and energy sectors and is known for his work on M&A and fund structuring.

Allan Blaikie of Clayton Utz is a well-regarded name in the market who is warmly endorsed by commentators. His focus lies in project finance, international taxation and tax disputes.

Wentworth Chambers’ Bradley Jones is “a great lawyer”, whom our research identifies as one of the top 10 individuals in the country for corporate tax matters. He has specialist insight into revenue matters and advises domestic and international clients across a range of industries.

New Chambers’ David Bloom QC is a standout practitioner with over 40 years of dedicated tax experience to his name. Sources state that he “has a phenomenal reputation” as one of the leading figures in the country for revenue law matters.

At Victorian Bar Gregory Davies QC offers clients extensive experience in the field after more than 40 years’ at the Bar. He is applauded by sources for his extensive expertise in taxation and revenue law.

Clint Harding of Arnold Bloch Leibler is a practitioner who just “keeps getting better” according to sources. He has an established reputation in the market as an expert on financial instruments and tax auditing.

Jonathon Leek at Deloitte is a well-regarded name in the field with over 25 years’ dedicated corporate tax experience. He is a renowned dispute resolution specialist, and has great insight into settlement negotiation and audit management.

PwC have a stellar practitioner in Paul McNab who commands respect from sources across the globe for his work in the TMT sector. He handles the full gambit of corporate taxation issues, from management of audits to dispute resolution.  

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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