• Peter Wood has been listed in the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Construction/Infrastructure Law and Litigation categories in Best Lawyers Australia (2019 Edition).

  • 5 Selborne associate member Philip Crutchfield QC has been listed in the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation categories in Best Lawyers Australia (2019 Edition). He has also been named Lawyer of the Year in Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

  • 5 Selborne associate member Shane Doyle QC has been listed in the Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Law, Competition Law, Construction/Infrastructure Law, Litigation and Oil & Gas Law categories in Best Lawyers Australia (2019 Edition). He has also been named Lawyer of the Year in Commercial Law.

  • 5 Selborne associate member Philip Crutchfield QC is appearing for Herbert Smith Freehills in its dispute against United Petroleum in the Victorian Supreme Court.

  • Sheila Kaur-Bains and Michelle Hirschhorn have presented on the employment agency provisions in the Payroll Tax Act 2007 as part of Toongabbie Legal Centre’s Tax and Equity CLE at Ashurst.

  • Nishad Kulkarni has presented to Ashurst on Liquidation of Corporate Trustees. The presentation addressed key issues against the background of the recent judgments in Amerind ([2018] VSCA 41) and Killarnee ([2018] FCAFC 40).

  • 5 Selborne associate member Christopher Hodgekiss SC’s annual Competition Law Conference is taking place in Sydney on Saturday 5 May 2018. This year’s speakers include distinguished Federal Court Judge The Honourable Justice Lindsay Foster and leading competition law practitioners.

  • Nishad Kulkarni has presented to Arnold Bloch Leibler on the topic Key Issues in the Liquidation of Corporate Trustees. The presentation addressed new developments, including the recent Amerind appeal ([2018] VSCA 41).

  • 5 Selborne associate member Philip Crutchfield QC is appearing for AMP in the Financial Services Royal Commission.

  • Peter Wood has been listed in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2018.

  • 5 Selborne associate member Philip Crutchfield QC has been listed as a leading silk for Dispute Resolution and Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1) in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2018.

  • 5 Selborne associate member Shane Doyle QC has been listed as a leading silk for Dispute Resolution (Band 1), Construction & Infrastructure (Band 1) and Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1) in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2018.

  • Christopher Barry QC is appearing for families in the Federal Court class action against Malaysian Airlines in relation to the aircraft shot down over Ukraine.

  • 5 Selborne associate member Philip Crutchfield QC is appearing for ASIC in the Federal Court bank bill swap rate proceedings against Westpac.

  • Gregory Drew is appearing for customers in the recently commenced class action against Westpac in the Federal Court, which concerns insurance products obtained in connection with financial advisers at Westpac, St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and BT Advice.

  • 5 Selborne hosted an Open Chambers Event for delegates of the International Bar Association conference in Sydney, with presentations on recent developments in international tax law and financial services class actions in Australia.

  • Sheila Kaur-Bains has been listed in Women in Tax Leaders (3rd edition) in the International Tax Review.

  • Michelle Hirschhorn has been listed in Leading Tax Barristers – NSW in Doyle’s Guide for 2017.

  • John Hyde Page has been listed in Leading Tax Barristers – NSW in Doyle’s Guide for 2017.

  • Peter Fraser has presented to the Gunn Club on the topic “Has the High Court decision in Bywater Investments Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation changed the law regarding corporate tax residency?”. The presentation addressed how auditors might now approach the issue of corporate residency, especially in relation to foreign subsidiaries of Australian multinationals.

  • 5 Selborne associate member Shane Doyle QC has been shortlisted as a finalist for Barrister of the Year in Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2017.

  • 5 Selborne welcomes John Maconachie QC to chambers. John is a recognised leader of the Australian Bar. He has appeared in the Privy Council and at all other levels of the Australian court system. John’s considerable common law and commissions of inquiry expertise will add to 5 Selborne’s substantial strength in those areas.

  • Michelle Hirschhorn and Fiona McNeil were among the external presenters at the Australian Taxation Office and spoke on the topic “Is there really a loan?”, discussing recent cases including Commissioner of Taxation v Normandy Finance and Investments Asia Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC 180 and Millar v Commissioner of Taxation [2016] FCAFC 94.

  • Sheila Kaur-Bains’ article “Primary production exemption for land tax” has been published in the March edition of the Tax Institute journal, Taxation in Australia. It discusses Chief Commissioner of State Revenue v Metricon Qld Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 11 and propounds an alternative construction of “land” for the purposes of applying the exemption.

  • Michelle Hirschhorn has presented to a Women in Tax discussion group hosted by Minter Ellison on the topic “Is your tax position based on rock or sand – proving the facts and assumptions of a tax position”. The presentation focused on the practical aspects that arise in cases relating to ordinary income/capital, statutory income provisions, Part IVA and valuation.

  • The Honourable Ian Vitaly Gzell, a former Justice of the NSW Supreme Court, Queen’s Counsel and 5 Selborne Head of Chambers, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the judiciary, to estate and trust law, to the advancement of professional development and to the performing arts.

  • Benjamin Zipser has co-authored the leading practitioner text, Professional Liability in Australia (3rd edition).

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