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The firm’s tax advisory group is headed by Robin Speed and Daniel Appleby. They are assisted by Associates Richard Lie, Adam Russoniello and Stephen Rostankovski. Robin Speed is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading corporate taxation lawyers. Robin and Daniel act for Australian public companies, publicly listed trusts, private groups, high wealth individuals and family offices. Daniel has worked with Robin for over ten years and has established his own reputation. They provide advice on a full range of domestic and international taxation issues including tax planning, and structuring commercial and financial transactions to minimise tax risks. The group contributes to the development of taxation law in Australia by seeking changes to the tax laws through Treasury, making submissions to and appearing before Federal Parliamentary Committees on proposed tax amendments, and obtaining Class Rulings and Private Tax Rulings from the ATO on new areas of tax law.
Grae McKenzie is recognised by many of his peers for his ability to reduce complex commercial issues to practical solutions. He is the Managing Director of Speed and Stracey and undertakes a significant leadership role. Bruce Stracey has extensive corporate experience and is a highly respected lawyer. He is the co-founder of Speed and Stracey. Each has over 35 years experience in corporate and financial matters. Grae and Bruce are assisted by Associate Andrew Mock. The firm acts for a range of Australian and overseas based commercial clients including stockbrokers, underwriters, fund managers, property developers and family offices. The group advises on, among other things, listings, securities transactions, corporate restructuring, corporate taxation, commercial agreements and M&A.
The firm is regularly asked to advise and assist in a range of tax audits and tax litigation concerning both domestic and international transactions. The firm acts for major corporations, private groups, high wealth individuals, and family offices. Robin Speed, Daniel Appleby, Malcolm Stewart, Peter Speed, and Senior Associate Charles Suttie, and Associates Richard Lie, Adam Russoniello and Stephen Rostankovski provide strategic advice in managing tax audits and inquiries, and conducting tax litigation. The firm’s Tax Advisory, Corporate and Financial Services, and Tax Audit and Litigation groups meet weekly to discuss current tax issues.
Hugh Scott and Peter Speed head the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Securities practice. Working with Senior Associates Ben Giles and Charles Suttie and, Associate Kate Sambrook, the team has been involved in some of the most complex commercial cases in Australia. Hugh and Peter have represented clients in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the High Court. The firm is also regularly asked to conduct cases in the superior courts of other states.
Peter Speed provides advice on a full range of trade practices issues including Part IV Restrictive Trade Practices and Part V Consumer Protection. He has been involved in a number of litigation and tribunal matters for corporate clients and regularly makes submissions to the ACCC on compliance programs and seeking authorisations for clients.
Hugh Scott and Malcolm Stewart head the firm’s White Collar Regulatory Enforcement group. They are assisted by Senior Associate Ben Giles and Associate Kate Sambrook. The group represent clients in regulatory investigations, jury trials and appeals. The firm also advises on all aspects of investigative techniques by regulators and represents clients at formal examinations including by the ATO, ASIC, ACC and ICAC.
Grae McKenzie and Bruce Stracey, assisted by Andrew Mock, provide advice to high wealth individuals, and family offices. Their expertise includes restructuring trusts and private companies, transferring assets, and minimising tax, tax risks and stamp duty. The group has advised on and implemented a variety of succession plans including over assets in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars in value located in Australia and overseas.