Kathryn Bertram Partner

Kathryn is a tax lawyer specialising in state taxes (stamp duty, land tax) and tax audits and litigation (income tax, stamp duty, payroll tax and land tax).

She advises corporations on the implications of various state taxes including transfer duty, landholder duty, payroll tax and land tax as well as on all aspects of a dispute including reviews, audits, ADR and litigation.

Kathryn has managed small teams, and worked as part of larger teams on significant taxation litigation matters in the Federal Court of Australia. She has also acted for clients in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal including appearing in ADR and instructing counsel in ADR and at hearings.


Tax audits and litigation

Major global information technology group

Acting for the Australian subsidiary of a major global information technology group in relation to an Australian Taxation Office audit of the subsidiary’s Australian operations.

Major global manufacturing group

Acting for an Australian subsidiary of a major global manufacturing group in relation to an Australian Taxation Office Large Business Audit.

Large Australian accommodation provider

Acted in valuation dispute with the Valuer-General in SACAT.

Law Institute of Victoria

In 2014, acted for the Law Institute of Victoria in relation to Supreme Court proceedings concerning the LIV’s payroll tax status.

Stamp duty

Large Australian accommodation group

Acted in the takeover of a listed trust holding significant land assets in five Australian jurisdictions in relation to stamp duty.

Major global manufacturing group

Advised on stamp duty implications of a major internal restructure, including applying for corporate reconstruction relief.


Recognised as a leading lawyer in tax
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Special counsel of the year (finalist)
Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, 2020
Recognised in tax law
Best Lawyers, since 2019

Career & qualifications


  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, La Trobe University


  • Member of the SRO/LIV Liaison Committee

International experience

  • Advised a large a mining company in a dispute with the Timor-Leste government over various tax assessments

Insights Read more insight

Victoria’s newest property tax - Windfall Gains Tax

In May this year, the Victorian government announced it would be introducing a Windfall Gains Tax (WGT) in order to tax the value of gains made by landowners as a result of certain rezoning...

State and Territory budget snap shot – key business announcements

Following last year’s federal and state government budget deferrals, 2021 has seen a return to a more “normal” timetable for the states and territories releasing their budgets, with most...

High Court refuses taxpayer special leave to appeal R&D case

On 2 September 2021, the High Court of Australia refused Coal of Queensland Pty Ltd (COQ) leave to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in Coal of Queensland Pty Ltd v Innovation and...



External publications

  • ‘Australia’ in David W.Chodikoff (ed), Transfer Pricing and Tax Avoidance (2014), 11 – Stewart Grieve, Reynah Tang, Kathryn Bertram, Bridie Andriske, Cate Smith
  • ‘GST going concern changes may result in increased stamp duty’, (2014) 12(4) Tax Planning International: Indirect Taxes 18
  • ‘Australia’ in David W.Chodikoff (ed),Taxation Litigation (2013), 1 – Stewart Grieve, Kathryn Bertram, Bridie Andriske, Shinasa Wasimi, Daniel Davids
  • ‘Confession time on tax?’, Australian Financial Review – CFO, (Sydney) 14 February 2013, online publication – Stewart Grieve, Kathryn Bertram, Cate Smith
  • ‘Land grab beware of Victoria’s new landholder duty provisions’, (2012) 86(11), Law Institute Journal 40
  • 'Diverted Profits Tax: U.K., Australian, and New Zealand Approaches', (2017), Tax Notes - Shinasa Wasimi, Jai Nario, Kathryn Bertram


  • Submission to South Australian State Taxes Review