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Holding Redlich boosts tax controversy practice with EY hire

18 October 21 - In the News

Author: Georgia Neaverson
Publication: Australasian Lawyer
Publisher: Key Media

Holding Redlich has bolstered its national tax controversy team with the appointment of a tax disputes specialist from EY as its new special counsel.

Megan Bishop has represented individuals and corporate clients through all stages of the tax lifecycle. She advises on a range of issues, including R&D, state taxes, employment taxes and income tax.

She holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne, which the firm said places her in a unique position to advise on tax disputes requiring knowledge of chemical engineering.

“We are delighted that Megan has joined Holding Redlich. Her expertise and experience will add great depth to our team,” Holding Redlich national managing partner Ian Robertson AO said.

Robertson pointed to the growth of the firm’s tax controversy practice since its introduction three years ago following the appointment of partner Damien Bourke to the Brisbane office. The launch of the national practice, Robertson said, has “proved to be a smart decision.”

Melbourne tax controversy partner Sue Williamson explained that “the fight to ensure fairness for all” drives the expansion of the firm’s tax controversy practice.

“The ATO does a great job in the administration of the system. However, there will always be room for disagreement. Either because policy gives unfair outcomes or the ATO interpretation is harsh and needs to be challenged,” she said.

Bishop will work from Holding Redlich’s Melbourne office.

Earlier this year, Holding Redlich also welcomed partner Chris Kinsella and special counsel Stephen Jones to the Sydney office.

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