Called to the Bar - 2006
Admitted as a Legal Practitioner - 1999
Ms Deards has an extensive taxation practice and appears for taxpayers and the Commissioner of Taxation in income tax and GST cases in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. She has appeared in a large range of tax cases, led and unled, from complex Part IVA and transfer pricing cases, to disputes concerning CGT, the consolidation regime, international tax, superannuation, insurance, trusts and charities. Recent matters include Part IVA cases for BHP Billiton and for James Hardie (RCI), Bamford (taxation of trusts), Bargwanna (charitable trusts), and SNF (transfer pricing). An income tax practitioner for fifteen years, Ms Deards has an extensive opinion practice advising corporate taxpayers and high wealth individuals, and she regularly advises taxpayers on the conduct of audits undertaken by the Commissioner of Taxation. She has been involved in advising Treasury on legislative reform and is a member of the advisory panel to the Board of Taxation. She presents papers and gives presentations on a range of tax issues. She has appeared in the taxation section of the AFR Best Lawyers list for the last two years.
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Core Practice Areas
- Taxation and Revenue
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