Michael has spent over 25 years working solely in taxation law – he is a true specialist in his field. His deep experience in tax law means he can provide advice that considers each client’s unique situation and suggest tax-effective options and solutions to help clients achieve their commercial goals.
Michael’s expertise at state, federal and international levels includes income tax, capital gains tax, GST, WET, fuel tax credits and carbon tax, as well as stamp duty, payroll tax and land tax. Also experienced in international taxation, Michael has assisted a number of Australian and foreign companies with the implementation of international transfer pricing methodologies and advised on the tax and GST implications of operating in Australia.Send a Message
His special interests include property and mining taxation, estate and business succession planning, international tax matters and tax dispute resolution. He has advised a range of clients on the tax and GST implications of property subdivisions and developments, and mining operations and joint ventures, and also helped private clients to deal with the difficult tax and family issues that arise during asset division.
Michael has established a truly international tax and revenue practice from his base in Adelaide, servicing clients throughout Australia and all over the world. He provides clear, concise and commercially-focused advice and a high value and responsive service.
Michael’s expertise in tax law is acknowledged in
- Best Lawyers of Australia 2020 for Superannuation & Tax Law and Trusts, Estates, Wealth Management and Succession Planning Practice
- Best Lawyers of Australia 2019 for Tax & Superannuation Law & Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice
- Doyles 2018 Guide as a Preeminent SA Tax Lawyer, with Finlaysons listed as First Tier SA Tax Law Firm
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