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Tax

7 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Full-service tax offering spanning direct, indirect, and federal and state taxes. Broad client base from global corporations to high net worth individuals and public bodies. Team consists of both tax lawyers and accountants, giving it the capabilities of a multidisciplinary practice. Large tax controversy team with experience acting on significant disputes. Has a recognised specialisation in taxation of executive and board remuneration. Additional expertise in transfer pricing issues encountered by multinational corporates. Its tax controversy team represents both the ATO and taxpayers.

Strengths

According to a client, the firm's "knowledge of how to deal with the ATO is very good."

Another client highlights the firm's "commerciality, technical ability and ability to arrive at solutions."

Work highlights

Advised the Investec Group on the tax consequences for its Australian employees of the demerger of its asset management business, Investec Asset Management.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Varrasso is a highly respected practitioner with substantial expertise in a variety of tax-related corporate transactional contexts. According to one client: "Adrian is very good and very helpful. He is strategic and technical, thinking about what the key points are for us, and has a very forensic style."

Carmen McElwain is a "highly regarded" practitioner frequently seen on significant contentious tax matters. She is regularly instructed by both the ATO and taxpayers on significant disputes, audits, and regulatory arrangements.

Chris Kinsella is active in the tax litigation space, where he frequently represents the ATO. He also provides advice to taxpayers on tax strategy and audits. One market source remarks: "I regard him as highly capable. He's good because he knows the ATO and how it works."

Nathan Deveson has a strong reputation in the market for his indirect tax knowledge, and a well-established practice advising clients on significant transactions. He also offers notable expertise concerning stamp duty matters.

Paul King is a highly reputed senior figure in the Australian tax law space, with decades of experience of advising clients, particularly in the property and finance sectors, on corporate tax issues.

Peter Poulos is a highly experienced in the tax space, frequently acting for the Commissioner on a range of disputes and significant taxpayers on audit-related issues. A client identifies him as "an excellent all-round tax adviser, strong both technically and across all aspects of tax disputes." The same source adds: "He has vast experience, and understands tax administration and tax disputes strategy."

Rhys Guild maintains an active practice in indirect tax, with particular expertise in GST. He is regularly instructed by clients in a variety of sectors, including resources, property development and social housing.

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Australia

Tax


Adrian Varrasso
Band 2
Carmen McElwain
Band 4
Chris Kinsella
Band 4
Nathan Deveson
Band 2
Paul King
Senior Statespeople
Peter Poulos
Band 4