Alain Musikanth SC
Alain Musikanth SC

BA, LLB, LLM, FTI

Admitted to Practice:

Signed Victorian Bar Roll:

Appointed as KC/SC:

2 August 2002

1 August 2020

13 November 2018

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Francis Burt Chambers

(08) 9220 0503

0403 825 651

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

Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia™ for litigation and in Doyle’s Guide, Leading Tax Barristers, Alain has extensive experience as appellate and trial counsel before Commonwealth and State courts and tribunals, having also sat as arbitrator and mediator.

Tax cases in which Alain has appeared 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 Ltd  v Commissioner of Taxation [2021] FCA 496;  Commissioner of Taxation v Shell Energy Australia Ltd [2022] FCAFC 2; Commissioner of Taxation v Bosanac (No 7) [2021] FCA 249; Commissioner of Taxation v Bosanac [2021] FCAFC 158 and Commissioner of Taxation v Bosanac (No 2) [2022] FCAFC 5.


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.


Alain has a Master of Laws in Public Law from the University of Cape Town. He is a Fellow of the Tax Institute (FTI), an Adjunct Professor within the University of Western Australia Law School and a member of the Australian Bar Association Taxation Committee.

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