Duncan is recognised as one of Queensland’s pre-eminent tax lawyers. His practical understanding of business and transactions means his solutions on taxation revenue issues provide the best outcome for his clients.
Duncan is an expert in business and transaction structuring, taxation and foreign investment with a solid foundation in general commercial law which ensures his advice and solutions deliver value to clients.
He designs and implements effective structures for transactions and asset ownership, always seeking to secure his clients cost-effective tax and stamp duty outcomes. This includes advising on stamp duty exceptions, assessments, private rulings and objections. Additionally he advises on corporate reconstructions, demergers, holding company interpositions and rollovers and general commercial matters.
Duncan is also recognised for his expertise in managing matters before the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). He focuses on identifying and managing restrictions on foreign investment and advising on appropriate structures and processes for foreign companies, governments and individuals proposing to invest in Australia.
Duncan has provided advice to clients across a range of industries and leads our Food and Agribusiness team.
Sojitz Coal Resources
Lead the successful appeal to the
Supreme Court of Queensland
against a decision by the OSR to
assess land rich duty on the value
of mining leases.
Leading Australian resources company
Complex mineral royalty dispute
Consolidated Pastoral Company
Ongoing FIRB approval and
compliance work for one of the largest
landholders in Australia.
Global Student Accommodation
FIRB advice and approvals (including fee waivers), duty and tax advice and transaction structuring on the acquisition of a portfolio of student accommodation assets.
Advising on duty and transaction structuring in relation to the acquisition of an Australian cinema chain.
Advising on the nationwide corporate restructure involving duty exemptions for transfers of business assets in six jurisdictions.