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Implications of Australian High Court judgment in Glencore International v Commissioner of Taxation for in-house counsel

Wolters Kluwer


13:00 – 14:00 AEDT

There has been considerable focus on legal professional privilege (LPP) in the tax world in 2019, culminating in the High Court’s 14 August 2019 decision in Glencore International v Commissioner of Taxation. This decision confirms that although LPP won’t stop leaked or hacked documents being used by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to assess tax liability, the underlying principles of LPP are still solid.

This webinar will explore the following topics:

  • Is there now a gap in the law?
  • Do only practising lawyers gain legal professional privilege?
  • Is it only legal advice that is privileged and what does that look like in a corporate environment?


Chris Kinsella
Partner (Tax Controversy), Minter Ellison

Chris Kinsella is a partner at MinterEllison and a tax specialist with more than 30 years' experience helping large businesses and high-wealth individuals to manage their tax obligations and risks.

This ranges from general tax advice, ATO reviews and audits through to litigation. He has also represented the ATO in tax appeals before the Federal Court of Australia and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.


Caitlin Murray
Partner (Dispute Resolution), Minter Ellison
Caitlin Murray’s client base includes financial institutions, lenders, creditors, insolvency practitioners and corporations. She has been described by clients as “a tenacious and knowledgeable litigator” (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific).

Ms Murray’s practice spans workouts and reorganisations; secured and unsecured recoveries; commercial, corporate and contractual disputes; Australian Securities and Investments Commission regulatory investigations; and matters involving the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). She has appeared before the Australian High Court, the Australian Federal Court and various state courts, as well as before administrative tribunals and alternative dispute resolution settings.

Anthony Lloyd
Partner (Cybersecurity + Technology), Minter Ellison

Anthony Lloyd, partner (cybersecurity and technology) is an internationally recognised technology and telecoms expert with a wealth of experience in commercial law, particularly in the financial services and communications industries. He leads MinterEllison's technology practice.

Mr Lloyd aims to provide complete solutions that meet clients’ technology requirements – ranging from strategy, execution and implementation to ongoing management. He has advised senior leadership teams on complex, critical technology and communications solutions and on technology disputes.

Michael Bowan
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Essential Energy

Michael Bowan is general counsel and company secretary of Essential Energy, a distribution network service provider servicing rural and regional New South Wales.

Prior to joining Essential Energy in 2017, Mr Bowan worked in a Sydney law firm and a number of Australian banks.


19 November 2019
02:00 - 02:55 UTC
55 min