A law firm has acquired the services of a former big four director as it commits to the growth of its tax controversy practice across the east coast.
Former EY director joins law firm’s tax controversy team
Holding Redlich has welcomed Megan Bishop to its tax controversy practice in its Melbourne office.
Ms Bishop joins from EY, where she specialised in tax disputes and assisted clients through all stages of the tax life cycle, acting for both individual and corporate clients across a broad spectrum of tax issues including R&D, state taxes, employment taxes and income tax.
In addition to her legal qualifications, Ms Bishop holds a bachelor of chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne.
Her appointment comes after two recent hires in Holding Redlich’s tax controversy practice, with former MinterEllison partner Chris Kinsella and senior tax litigator Stephen Jones both joining the firm’s Sydney office in July.
Holding Redlich national managing partner Ian Robertson said the firm first committed to developing its tax controversy practice three years ago by appointing Damien Bourke as a partner in its Brisbane office.
“That proved to be smart decision and we are very pleased with the progress of the practice,” Mr Robertson said. “We are delighted that Megan has joined Holding Redlich. Her expertise and experience will add great depth to our team.”
Melbourne-based tax controversy partner Sue Williamson, who joined from EY last September, said the growth of her team stemmed from growing disputes with the Tax Office.
“The ATO does a great job in the administration of the system. However, there will always be room for disagreement,” said Ms Williamson.
“Either because policy gives unfair outcomes or the ATO interpretation is harsh and needs to be challenged.
“This team takes on the fight to ensure fairness for all: large listed clients, high wealth individuals, small business and individuals.”