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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

Latest News

Making a difference: Maddocks senior associate wins Australian Young Lawyer of the Year October 22, 2018

Monday 22 October 2018 Maddocks senior associate Tamsin Webster has been awarded the 2018 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia. Tamsin, a member of the firm’s Employment, Safety and … Continued

Latest Article

Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (Cth) expands scope for challenges to Commonwealth procurement decisions October 18, 2018

On 18 October 2018, the Senate passed the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill) without amendment. The Bill received Royal Assent on 19 October 2018. The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (Cth) … Continued

Michael Taylor-Sands Partner

Background

Michael is a commercial lawyer with a strong background in tax and transaction structuring and implementation.

Michael has extensive experience in both broadacre and strata form property development.  His understanding of the residential and commercial markets, and the transaction and tax risks affecting both, enables him to provide cutting-edge commercial, tax and structuring advice to some of the best known names in the Australian development industry.  As both a designer and implementer of development structures, Michael can not only advise on front-end commercial and tax issues affecting landowners and developers, but prepare relevant relationship and implementation documentation.

In addition to property development, Michael advises a wide range of corporate, SME and private clients in relation to unregulated M&A, business sales and acquisitions, cross-border transactions and commercial projects.  He has substantial experience in negotiating and drafting share and business sale agreements, shareholder/unitholder & partnership agreements, and ancillary relationship and commercial agreements.

Michael is one of the best known advisers on Growth Areas Infrastructure Charge (GAIC) in Australia, having acted for the peak property industry groups in negotiating with government on the new regime.

Michael is a current member of the UDIA’s Tax & Revenue Committee, a former PCA committee member and Treasurer of the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre Inc.  He has qualifications in both accounting and law.

Legal Expertise

  • Property development agreements & joint ventures (greenfields, infill & strata form)
  • Structuring asset acquisitions and enterprise establishment  (domestic & international)
  • Relationship agreements (shareholder, unitholder & partnership agreements)
  • Income tax (incl.CGT)
  • GST
  • Stamp Duty, Land Tax & GAIC
  • International tax and structuring (including Double Tax Agreements)

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for developers and financiers in relation to property acquisitions, divestments and development projects
  • Advising individuals, corporates and family groups in relation to structuring and relationship issues
  • Advising non-resident investors in relation to establishment and maintenance of Australian projects and investments
  • Dealing regularly with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Office of State Revenue in relation to audits, rulings and conflict matters