Madgwicks Lawyers offers exceptional taxation law expertise to private family and corporate groups, accounting firms and not-for-profit organisations. Our Practice is structured so that clients can work with a Partner or senior Lawyer directly, delivering to them faster and more cost-efficient, practical advice that incorporates the legal and accounting treatment of a matter.

Drawing on backgrounds of over 30 years in Taxation Law, including managing tax restructuring and dispute roles within a ‘Big 4’ firm, our Lawyers are exceptionally knowledgeable in advising property developers, superannuation trustees (board of trustees and SMSF individual or corporate trustees), large employer groups and other commercial and NFP concerns considering or carrying out complex transactions or restructures.

When required, clients can also draw upon our advisory and representation services in matters involving the Australian Tax Office (ATO), the State Revenue Office (SRO) or cross-border taxation regimes in disputes, audits, private ruling or appeals.


  • Advice on major transactions and restructuring
    • Consideration of revenue and capital issues
    • Optimised timing of income, capital gains and trust distributions/derivations
    • Off-market share buy back advice and planning
    • Guidance in change of structure from partnership to private company
  • International taxation matters
    • Matters where ownership is in foreign tax regime
    • Residency determination and advice for individuals, investment vehicles and organisations
    • Investment structure and establishment advice for inbound entities undertaking large infrastructure investments
    • Transfer pricing advice
    • Cross border acquisition, mergers and demerger advice
    • Acting for Australian-based entities in matters involving foreign tax authorities
  • Employee share schemes and incentives
  • Taxation planning for trusts, estates and succession planning
  • Taxation audits and disputes
    • Preparation of objections to assessments and mediations
    • Acting on potential negligence claims
    • Challenging the application of law by the ATO
  • Property-related taxation matters
    • Stamp duty
    • Windfall gains tax
    • GST
    • Acquisition and/or transfer of property within a group
    • Build-to-rent development funding and holding structure
  • State tax matters
    • Responding to payroll tax audits for employer groups
    • Preparation of objections to assessments and mediations
    • Land tax valuation disputes including seeking exemption for primary-producers
    • Challenging the application of law by the SRO

Our Experts

Philip Diviny

Philip is a highly regarded tax lawyer with a broad-based tax advisory, tax controversy and international tax practice.

Tom May OAM

Head of Tax
Tom has more than 30 years experience advising on tax disputes and litigation (including tax audits), tax planning, and complex trust and estate planning issues.

Thought Leadership & Past Experiences

Unyielding tax obligations: Understanding tax debt write-offs

John Miller provides clarity around when a tax debt is considered "uneconomical to pursue," and the potential future implications for taxpayers with historical tax debts.
18 March, 2024

Victorian tax changes to impact property owners

The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2023 contains several significant changes
23 June, 2023