Don is a tax lawyer, with more than 20 years’ experience gained both in leading multinational corporates and private practice.
He advises clients on all areas of tax including transfer pricing, tax policy and transparency, transactions, tax disputes and engagement with regulators.
Don has deep knowledge of the resources sector, having spent more than a decade working at BHP, where he was accountable for a broad range of tax matters. Don not only provides high quality technical advice but has extensive practical experience in relation to applying that advice in a business context. Don can support clients to achieve increased certainty in relation to their tax positions with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution processes, including negotiating tax audit settlements and advance pricing arrangements, and in litigation.
Advised and represented Foster's Group from 2000 to 2011 in relation to ATO audits/enquiries.
Advised and represented BHP Group from 2011 to 2023 in relation to audits/enquiries by various Australian and foreign tax authorities.
Acted in proceedings against the Commissioner of Taxation in the Federal Court (Ashwick (Qld) No 127 Pty Ltd & Ors v FCT  FCA 1388) and the Full Federal Court (FCT v Ashwick (Qld) No 127 Pty Ltd & Ors  FCAFC 49) concerning taxation deductions of approximately $2.8 billion.
Acted in transfer pricing dispute in relation to the BHP Group’s Singapore based Marketing Organisation concerning amended assessments in excess of $1 billion.
Negotiated Bilateral Advance Pricing Arrangement between ATO and HMRC.
Negotiated Mutual Agreement Procedure between ATO and Inland Revenue in New Zealand.
Negotiated Bilateral Advance Pricing Arrangements between the ATO and each of HMRC and the US IRS in relation to intra-group services.
Advised in relation to aspects of the 2011 demerger of the Treasury Wine Estates wine business.
Responsible for the UK and South African tax and stamp duty implications of the 2022 unification of BHP’s dual listed corporate structure.
Responsible for certain Australian, UK and South African tax implications of the 2022 merger of BHP’s Petroleum business with Woodside (transaction value circa US$20 billion).
Responsible for the tax implications of the 2022 disposal of BHP’s 80% interest in BHP Mitsui Coal Pty Ltd (transaction value circa US$1 billion).
Responsible for the tax implications of all transactions involving various subsidiaries in Australia, Asia, the UK, Europe and Africa. This included internal restructures as well as implementation of new business initiatives.
Responsible for the preparation and publication of the BHP Economic Contribution Report (BHP’s global tax transparency publication) including associated internal and external stakeholder management.
Responsible for preparation and publication of BHP’s inaugural public Country by Country Report including associated internal and external stakeholder management.
Responsible for tax compliance obligations of all mining operations subsidiaries in Australia as well as subsidiaries in Asia, the UK, Europe and Africa.
Responsible for project to centralise the preparation of BHP’s transfer pricing documentation globally.
Responsible for implementing compliance with various new regulatory regimes including Master File, Local File and Country by Country Report obligations.
Multinational groups who use intangible assets as part of their operations should be aware of two new guidance documents published by the ATO.
The Federal Court has held in Pepsi Inc v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1490 that international arrangements involving the licence of trademarks and other intellectual property (IP) should be...
On 23 June 2023, Treasury released further draft legislation to deny deductions for payments by Significant Global Entities (SGEs) relating to intangible assets connected with low corporate tax...