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Federal Tax Litigation: Current Developments


Seminar Details

  • Time: 8:30am - 2:45pm
  • Venue: G.06, Moot Court, The University of Western Australia
  • Seminar Fee: $240.00

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Getting to UWA

  • Parking is available in the YELLOW student permit areas during the UWA vacation period, 23 November 2015 - 26 February 2016.
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Australian Tax ReportsHighlighting the seminar is the Hon Justice Pagone's talk on the National Court Framework and Case Management for Tax Cases. 

Esteemed speakers will be covering current topics including statutory interpretation in tax cases, the ATO’s approach to debt management, the impact of international information and international law in tax cases and the ATO’s latest practices seeking to resolve tax disputes before they reach the Courts.

This half day seminar is hosted by The University of Western Australia and the Tax Bar WA.  Many aspects of tax disputes and courts including tax appeals against adverse tax objection decisions and tax debt disputes will be discussed.


Seminar fee: $240.00 (includes morning tea and lunch)
Date: Thursday, 3 December. 8.30am-2.30pm
Venue: G.06, Moot Court, The University of Western Australia



The National Court Framework and Case Management for Tax Cases
The Hon. Justice Pagone, Federal Court of Australia

Statutory interpretation in tax cases and its role in the ‘structural break’ tax residency cases – Dempsey, Agius and The Engineering Manager
John W Fickling, Western Australian Bar

The Commissioner's Approach to Debt Recovery
Aris Zafiriou, Director, Significant Debt Management, ATO, Melbourne
  Morning Tea
Tea, coffee and danish pastries

The ATO's access to and use of offshore information
Terry Murphy QC, Western Australian Bar and Victorian Bar
  ATO RDR Early Dispute Resolution
Fiona Beckett-Cooper, A/g Principal Lawyer, Review and Dispute Resolution, ATO, Perth

Experiences in conducting tax litigation: adducing evidence, meeting client expectations, litigation pressures and briefing counsel
Panel: Heidi Armin-Grimm (Senior Manager, Deloitte Lawyers), Andrew Howell (Associate), PwC), Tony Chong (Partner, Lavan Legal), Richard Norton (Partner, Norton & Smailes). Moderator: Jonathon Leek, Western Australian Bar.
Ribbon sandwiches. Vegetarian options available.

Expert evidence in tax cases
Michael Clough, Partner and Jason Barnes, Special Counsel, King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne
  Staying an Application for Review: Taxpayers and Criminal Proceedings
Rebecca Lee, Western Australian Bar

Dealing with Chinese Tax Law in an Australian Tax Dispute: Issues of Statutory Interpretation and Translation
Winthrop Professor Nolan Sharkey, University of Western Australia and Western Australian Bar


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Full attendance at this event entitles a WA legal practitioner to 4.5 CPD points.
Competency Area 2: Professional Skills – 1
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law – 3.5
This event may attract CPD points for legal practitioners from other parts of Australia.  Check with your local Legal Practice Board.

The Federal Tax Litigation seminar is supported by

Tax Bar logoWestern Australian Bar Association