John Hyde Page appeared for the successful taxpayer in Addy v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1768, in which the Australian Federal Court held that the working holiday maker tax contravened a non-discrimination clause in the Australia-UK tax treaty. The “landmark ruling” on the “backpacker tax” has been reported in the media in eight countries and reportedly may affect around 75,000 working holiday makers.
Christopher Barry QC appeared for the successful horse owners in the Full Federal Court’s refusal of leave to appeal (Zoetis Australia Pty Ltd v Abbott  FCAFC 153) from the Federal Court decision not to order security for costs in the Hendra vaccine class action ( FCA 462). The decisions are the latest word on security for costs in class actions.
Michelle Hirschhorn appeared for the successful Commissioner in Stallion (NSW) Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1306, which concerned entitlement to decreasing luxury car tax adjustments and input tax credits in respect of a purchase of luxury cars.
Christopher Palmer appeared for the successful applicants in Crupe Pte Ltd v Robertson  NSWSC 2056, which concerned worldwide asset freezing (over USD 120 million) and disclosure orders. Christopher also appeared as sole counsel for the successful applicants on the initial urgent ex-parte application.
Gregory Drew appeared for debenture holders in Smith v Australian Executor Trustees  NSWSC 1584, in which the Court approved settlement of their class action related to the collapse of Provident Capital Ltd. The Court observed that there is “no reason to think that the case could have been settled for any greater sum”. Gregory appeared for the debenture holders throughout the litigation.
Benjamin Zipser appeared for the appellant in Hossain v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 34, the latest High Court authority on jurisdictional error in administrative decisions.