As a partner in our commercial team, Fletch is responsible for managing a significant volume of tax and customs disputes, as well as providing tax advice across a range of commercial issues.
Fletch’s technical specialisations include income tax (including international tax and residency issues), GST, payroll tax, land tax, stamp duty and customs duties. His experience includes drafting notices of objection, private ruling applications, AAT appeals and litigation in the Federal Court.
In recent years, Fletch successfully acted for the taxpayers in Dempsey v Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 335 (a residency case) and Dominic B Fishing Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 205 (an employee/contractor case), and has settled numerous disputes before the matter proceeded to hearing. Fletch has also presented sessions for Television Education Network, CPA Australia, the ATO and the Tax Institute.
Before joining Cooper Grace Ward, Fletch was a tax lawyer in Baker & McKenzie’s Sydney office. Prior to that, Fletch worked for a Big 4 accounting firm in the UK and then China.
Fletch has been listed in Best Lawyers Australia for customs and excise law in 2014 and 2015. Fletch was one of four finalists in Australia in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year 2016 awards in the taxation category.