Simon Rooke is a legal partner who leads PwC’s Melbourne tax controversy practice. He specialises in working with clients to collaboratively resolve complex disputes with revenue authorities.
Simon has over 25 years of taxation experience, including 15 years in international tax and M&A tax. For the past 10 years, Simon has managed significant revenue investigations on behalf of clients, up to and including litigation. His experience includes acting as instructing solicitor for litigation in state and federal courts involving controversies over income tax and transaction taxes, as well as cases about charitable status.
Simon’s approach is to take a respectful and educative approach to revenue investigations, while rigorously protecting a client’s right (both at law and under revenue authority practice and policy). He believes being prepared for litigation allows a taxpayer to best understand their negotiating position, thus allowing the greatest opportunity to resolve a matter prior to litigation.
Simon holds bachelor’s degrees in commerce and law. He is a chartered accountant in Australia and New Zealand, a chartered tax adviser, holds a graduate diploma in applied finance and a graduate diploma in legal practice. He is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He holds an unrestricted practicing certificate. Simon is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s business law section and its taxation committee.