Full Name: Mr Simon A Tisher
Phone: +61 3 9225 7416
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0418 311 381
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1719
Date of Admission: 6 Apr 1998
Called to the Bar: 22 May 2003
Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB


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. 

Most of Simon’s experience at the Bar 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, mostly in relation to contractual or tortious disputes in the state courts and VCAT.

Simon acts for taxpayers and for the Australian Taxation Office, led and unled, in disputes ranging from small individual matters to large corporate tax disputes.  

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.

Simon has a busy advisory practice and has provided legal opinions and comprehensive submissions since he came to the Bar.  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, 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 is heavily involved with the Tax Institute and is chair of its State Taxes Committee.  Simon also served as the Continuing Professional Development convener of the Victorian Bar’s Tax Bar Association for over five years.    

Simon is married with two young daughters.  In addition to his family, Simon’s interests include history, skiing, travel and photography.


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Natural highs at Mt Kilimanjaro (Simon Tisher)

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)


  • Civil Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Superannuation

Common Law

  • Negligence

Equity & Trusts

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review

Tax Law & Revenue Law

  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Goods & Services Tax
  • Income Tax
  • International Tax Law & Revenue Law
  • Land Tax
  • Payroll Tax
  • Stamp Duty
From 21 Jul 2011, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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