I am an experienced taxation lawyer with over twenty years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors.
I advise clients on all aspects of direct and indirect taxes (including customs and excise) in both a domestic and international context, including the provision of legal opinions, management of disputes and tax risk, and applications to Inland Revenue for binding rulings. I am regarded as extremely pragmatic and responsive, and as an advisor that maintains perspective regarding the role of taxation advice within the context of commercial transactions.
My public sector (Inland Revenue) experience gives me a unique insight into how the Department operates, and enables me to add significant value for clients by dealing with tax issues in a targeted and strategic manner.
Examples of my recent experience include:
- advising various businesses to manage tax risk and to ensure their restructuring was optimal from both a taxation and commercial perspective,
- obtaining binding rulings to provide certainty for clients in regard to the tax treatment of complex and high-value transactions,
- representing clients involved in tax investigations and disputes, and
- advising clients on the New Zealand tax treatment of both inbound and outbound investment.