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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

Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

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Maddocks signs on for Luminance AI platform May 24, 2018

Thursday 24 May 2018 Maddocks has adopted an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to assist in streamlining due diligence processes. The firm has signed on to use the market-leading Luminance AI platform to provide due diligence … Continued

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Strategic use of regulatory action policies: an example in the context of Freedom of Information May 23, 2018

Regulatory action policies (including strategies and statements issued by regulators) are a useful tool for regulators to signal the importance of a particular regulatory area to the regulated sector and to the public at large. … 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