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Chris practices in revenue law, with a particular focus on GST.

Since being called to the Bar in 2001, Chris has developed a substantial advice practice, advising the Revenue and taxpayers from all States in Australia and overseas. Chris has appeared on behalf of taxpayers and the Revenue in numerous disputes in Federal and State jurisdictions, including as Counsel for the taxpayer in two of the first three GST cases to be heard by the High Court.

Chris also assists taxpayers in negotiating a positive resolution to their GST disputes with the Revenue, including providing assistance with risk reviews, audits and objections to assessments.

Chris left the Bar for a little over three years to head the Melbourne Tax Controversy Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers and to lead a national focus on indirect tax controversy matters.  During that time, Chris acted on behalf of clients in a wide range of taxation disputes, ranging from risk reviews and audits to litigation.

For a full list of revenue cases in which Chris has appeared or instructed, please click here.

Chris is a regular presenter at conferences and has published a number of articles. These articles can be accessed from the “My Articles” menu.

Chris is an external member of the ATO Public Advice and Guidance Panel. The panel considers and advises on the proposed interpretation of taxation law and other issues that emerge in the development of public advice and guidance by the ATO.

Chris’ contact details are as follows:

Lonsdale Chambers, Level 5, 530 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 9225 6201

Clerk: (03) 9225 8444  (www.barristers.com.au)

Mobile: 0413 854 950

Email: csievers@vicbar.com.au

Profile on Clerk website: click here

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

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