Paul advises a range of clients, including (ultra) high-net-worth individuals, large private groups, public entities and not-for-profits, on Federal tax issues in reviews, audits and disputes, and in domestic and international transactions. With many years' experience in taxation law and administration, Paul has an enviable reputation for representing his clients with dedication, passion and understanding and providing technically astute, strategic, commercially sound and understandable taxation advice.
Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Paul held various positions with the ATO, the last of which was as a senior officer, in what is now the Public Groups and International division, of the Tax Office.
Paul is recognised in the area of taxation in a number of prominent international guides to law firms. He is ranked among the leading taxation lawyers in Australia by Chambers Asia Pacific where he is recognised for his “terrific tax knowledge and good commercial awareness”. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has noted that he is “highly regarded for his ‘technical strength’ and ‘commercial approach’”. Paul has been highlighted in successive editions of the Tax Directors Handbook, commenting that his “high technical standards are well balanced by his general commercial acumen”. Paul was ranked by Doyle’s Guide as ‘pre-eminent’ in the category of ‘Leading Tax Lawyers – Victoria, 2016 and 2017’. Most recently, Paul was shortlisted as one of four finalists in the Tax Institute’s prestigious 2018 Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year Award, for a tax professional who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business expertise and innovative ideas.
Paul is a sought after writer and speaker on tax issues, having written for tax publications and presented papers at conferences and seminars for tax professionals, and at in-house tax and GST seminars for clients, accounting firms and umbrella organisations. He has taught the Taxation of Trusts for Monash University’s Masters of Law program, and also makes representations to Government and the Tax Office on income tax and GST policy, legislation and rulings.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from Deakin University, where he was awarded the Supreme Court Prize.
Paul’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- audits and reviews: advising clients on, and managing, all stages of Tax Office audits and reviews of clients’ income tax and GST affairs (mainly in relation to large business and (ultra) high wealth individual audits) and negotiating resolutions of the outcomes of the audits and reviews;
- income tax advice: advising on the operation of, and the Tax Office’s practice in applying, income (and capital gains) tax laws to domestic and international transactions, and corporate and family group restructuring, including the implications of recent legislative and ATO policy initiatives;
GST advice: advising on the GST implications of transactions and dealings, in particular: investment in, and development of, property; non-resident entities investing in, or supplying, goods and services to Australia; Australian residents investing in, or providing, goods and services offshore; restructuring or sale of businesses; and settlements and litigation of disputes;
tax risk management: assessing and advising on tax risks and how those risks can be managed;
voluntary disclosures: advising and managing disclosures to the Tax Office on international and domestic matters;
income tax and GST rulings: advising on, and obtaining, private rulings from the ATO in relation to income tax and GST matters; and
alternative dispute resolution and litigation: resolving disputes with the ATO with respect to tax and administrative issues.