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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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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Back to the future? Five key legal considerations for developers when dealing with industrial sites November 17, 2017

As Melbourne continues to grow with increasing density, the complexities surrounding the interface of industrial precincts with adjoining residential development sites also continue to grow. That issue was put into real context following the recent … 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