Simon Tisher has been a barrister at the Victorian Bar since May 2003. He is well known and respected as a barrister and within the tax profession.
Simon has gained high level experience at the Bar. Most of his experience pertains to tax matters (federal and state) and matters related to taxation: superannuation, insolvency and bankruptcy (usually where the Commissioner of Taxation is involved) and professional indemnity claims (commonly involving tax advice). He also has sound experience in commercial litigation (in non-tax matters), mostly in relation to contractual or tortious disputes in the state courts and VCAT.
Being a barrister allows Simon to combine the two aspects of his professional life that he enjoys most: providing tax (or tax-related) advice, and advocating for his clients. At the Bar, Simon has acted for taxpayers and for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in disputes ranging from small individual revenue matters to large corporate tax disputes. Simon is briefed to appear independently and together with Senior/Queen's Counsel.
Simon understands that although cases often contain many facts and large amounts of material, most turn on just a few key facts and issues. Simon excels in identifying and extracting the key issues and articulating these succinctly and persuasively to a court or tribunal.
The same is true of his written skills. Simon has a busy advisory practice and has provided legal opinions and comprehensive submissions since he came to the Bar. He has also obtained a range of successful private rulings. In particular, Simon specialises in providing clear, concise documents in plain English with consistent attention to detail. His experience in assessing how revenue authorities or a court or tribunal will view a particular transaction has been invaluable to his clients and is frequently called upon.
By request, Simon regularly provides well-received presentations and seminars to organisations such as Television Education Network, the Tax Institute, Leo Cussen Institute, and Legalwise Seminars. He has published several articles in the Law Institute Journal and Taxation in Australia, and is the author of the tax chapter of de Groot’s Wills, Probate and Administration Practice (Victoria).
Simon also contributes to numerous professional organisations. He is a member of the Victorian Bar’s Tax Bar Association Committee and served as its Continuing Professional Development convener for over 5 years. He is also heavily involved with the Tax Institute, both on its Education Committee and its State Taxes Committee. He is a member of The Law Institute of Victoria.
Simon is married with two young daughters. In addition to his family, Simon’s interests include history, politics, travel and photography. He is a keen skier, trekker, tennis player and ocean swimmer. Simon's latest trekking adventure was an ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.
Non-arm's length income: How does it apply and where is it at?
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State Duties for Property Lawyers
Taxation Implications of Buying And Selling A Business
The High Court and the ATO reshape the tax landscape for Trusts
The New Small Business Landscape: Capital Gains Tax
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Natural highs at Mt Kilimanjaro (Simon Tisher)
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