Alain Musikanth SC
Alain Musikanth SC


Admitted to Practice:

Signed Victorian Bar Roll:

Appointed as QC/SC:

2 August 2002

1 August 2020

13 November 2018


Francis Burt Chambers

(08) 9220 0503

0403 825 651

Alain Musikanth is a commercial and tax silk who has spent most of his over 27-year career practising at the independent bar.

Listed in Doyle’s Guide, Leading Tax Barristers, and in The Best Lawyers in Australia for litigation, Alain appears regularly at first instance and appellate level before Commonwealth and State courts and tribunals.

In the tax jurisdiction Alain is frequently instructed in Part IVC and other contentious proceedings which have involved areas including CGT, demerger rollover relief, director penalties, foreign tax offset and international tax treaty issues, fraud and evasion opinions, fuel tax, GST, judicial review (s 39B), R&D offsets, residency, superannuation and trusts. Cases in which he has appeared as sole or leading counsel include Healy v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2015] WASCA 44; Bosanac v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCA 946 and [2019] FCAFC 116 (special leave refused); Burton v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCA 1857 and [2019] FCAFC 141 (special leave refused); Auctus Resources Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2020] FCA 1096 and Commissioner of Taxation v Auctus Resources Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 39 (special leave refused); Shell Energy Holdings Australia Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2021] FCA 496; Commissioner of Taxation v Bosanac (No 7)[2021] FCA 249 and Commissioner of Taxation v Bosanac & Another (WAD 82 of 2021, FCAFC, judgment reserved).

Alain has a Masters of Law in Public Law from the University of Cape Town, is a Fellow of the Tax Institute (FTI) and an Adjunct Professor within the University of Western Australia Law School.

Before joining the Western Australian Bar in early 2007, Alain was special counsel in the commercial litigation division of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Prior to joining Corrs in 2001, he practised as a barrister in Cape Town, South Africa, for seven years.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

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