Melanie specialises in taxation and administrative law. Before coming to the bar, she worked in the tax group of Allens Arthur Robinson for eight years and in the Australian Taxation Office in Canberra for two years.
Melanie has extensive experience in dealing with all stages of taxation audits and disputes across a wide range of different tax issues, including transfer pricing, consolidations, debt-equity, Part IVA, R&D, PRRT and GST.
Since coming to the bar, Melanie has appeared in taxation matters for taxpayers and the Commissioner of Taxation before the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court, AAT and VCAT. Melanie is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, and has appeared in early neutral evaluations, conciliations and mediations.
Some cases in which Melanie has appeared include:
Melanie is a Senior Fellow of the Univeristy of Melbourne where she co-lectured the post-graduate law subject, 'Tax Litigation', in 2016. In the past, she also co-lectured the subject, 'Taxation Administration, Prosecutions and Ethics'. Melanie was awarded the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Prize for the best student in the post-graduate subject ‘Taxation of Corporate Finance’ at the University of New South Wales while she was completing her Masters of Tax.
Melanie is a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Tax Institute and has been a member of two of the Tax Institute's Technical Sub-Committees. She is also a member of the International Fiscal Association and the Law Council of Australia's Taxation Committee.
Melanie is regularly asked to present on tax issues for the Tax Institute and other organisations. She has also co-authored a chapter on GST anti-avoidance measures in GST in Australia: Looking Forward from the First Decade (Christine Peacock, ed, 2011).