LLB (Hons) (Bond); MTax (Melb)
Admitted to Practice:
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
7 September 2015
21 October 2021
0400 356 266
(03) 9225 7777 (Clerk)
Nick is experienced in every stage of engagement with revenue authorities, from initial risk review and audit to tribunal and court proceedings. He has a Master of Tax from the University of Melbourne, and, in 2020, Nick was listed in Doyle's Guide as a rising star in tax in Australia.
Since coming to the Bar, Nick has been engaged in both litigious and advisory matters involving transfer pricing, the consolidation rules, the employee-contractor distinction, capital gains tax, State duties, GST and Division 7A. His clients have included listed and multinational groups, small and medium enterprises, high net worth individuals, and the Commissioner of Taxation.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Nick was a senior associate in the tax team at Thomson Geer, specialising in federal and State tax advice and disputes. Examples of matters in which Nick was involved as a solicitor include:
Sharpcan Pty Ltd and Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 2948, and, on appeal,  FCAFC 163, regarding ss 8-1 and 40-880 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997;
acting for a large multinational group in respect of treaty shopping and withholding tax disputes with the ATO at audit, before the GAAR panel, and on objection;
acting for taxpayers in respect of ATO enforcement action, including garnishee notices, freezing orders and other recovery proceedings.
Nick read with Melanie Baker and his senior mentor is Eugene Wheelahan QC.