Ross is Special Counsel in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Team. He has nearly 30 years’ experience as a lawyer practicing predominantly for private and government clients in tax controversy and dispute resolution. As a trusted advisor, he has advised and represented corporate and high wealth individual clients from a wide variety of sectors including, retail, financial, automotive, telecommunications, technology, advertising, property development, sports and leisure and State Government departments and agencies in their disputes with the ATO, AusIndustry and State revenue authorities.
He has also represented, advised and appeared on behalf of the Commissioner in tax disputes, FOI, debt recovery, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) and litigation matters. He has significant experience in commercial litigation, Royal Commissions and administrative law, with a focus on Freedom of Information and prosecution matters.
Ross has considerable experience working and liaising with colleagues, clients, regulators and counsel (including preparing numerous memoranda and briefs) and a great understanding of their needs. He brings dedication, practical thinking, sound judgement and strong legal and evidential skills to matters on which he works. He has led teams and mentored numerous junior staff. He has provided training internally, to clients, regulators and externally.
Ross’ experience involves representing large corporate taxpayers and high wealth individuals in reviews and disputes with the ATO in relation to all Commonwealth taxes and AusIndustry (Research and Development (R&D)) in the context of early engagement, information requests, formal notices, reviews (including SARS, NARS and CARS) and audits, drafting submissions and objections to tax, interest and penalty assessments (ATO) and submissions and internal reviews to AusIndustry.
His recent experience includes matters involving the:
14 December 2023 - Knowledge
The Commissioner of Taxation is appealing the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s decision in Bendel and Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 3074 which conflicts with the ATO’s ruling on unpaid trust entitlements and loans.
21 Feb 24 - Melbourne
The Victorian construction industry is highly regulated with directors and officers of construction companies facing general and specific risks of personal liability for the acts of their companies. In this in-person seminar, partners Ben Marshall, Chris Brodrick and Lachlan Ingram will explore three key areas of concern for directors and officers in the construction industry.
21 Feb 24
In the first instalment of our 2024 Construction & Infrastructure webinar series, partner Christine Jones will round up the significant decisions from 2023 concerning the NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act and forecast what's to come in the new year. The one-hour online session will review last year's key changes to the Act, delve into the latest adjudication statistics and explore potential trends for 2024.
22 Feb 24 - Sydney
One of the few things we can rely on is change. Our annual NSW Government lawyers CLE intensive returns as an in-person CLE day, offering a range of topics and CPD core units. This year’s program invites us to filter through the noise and refresh key concepts and skills necessary for the year ahead.