find the latest legal job
Part Time Risk & Compliance Officer
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Brisbane City · Flexible Part Time Hours
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
In-House Legal Counsel (Mid to Senior)| Regulated Markets (Energy and Gas)
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Full PD on Request · Exciting High Impact Role
View details
Family Lawyer
Category: Family Law | Location: Eastern Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Boutique Firm · Great Reputation
View details
Infrastructure Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Perth WA
· We'd be particularly interested to hear from you if you were a lawyer who knows your way around the infrastructure and energy sectors.
View details
AGS special counsel takes out tax prize

AGS special counsel takes out tax prize

On Tuesday 31 March Australian Government Solicitor tax litigation special counsel Catherine Leslie became the third recipient of the Graham Hill Annual Award at a ceremony held the Federal…

On Tuesday 31 March Australian Government Solicitor tax litigation special counsel Catherine Leslie became the third recipient of the Graham Hill Annual Award at a ceremony held the Federal Court in Sydney.

The award, established in 2007 by chairman and founder of Speed and Stracey Lawyers Robin Speed, is presented each year to a person considered to have made a significant contribution to improving revenue law in Australia.

The award's namesake - former Federal Court Justice Graham Hill, who passed away in 2005 - was a recognised expert in taxation law. He made a broad and outstanding contribution to this area of the law through his work as a teacher, author, solicitor, advocate and judge.

Announcing Leslie as the winner for 2009, Federal Court Justice Richard Edmonds described her as a "titan in the field".

"Catherine's acumen, judgment, balance, industry and integrity make her a role model for all legal representatives of tax litigation," he said.

Also speaking at the ceremony was John Durack SC, who said that what impressed those consulted as part of the award selection process was the balance Leslie brings to her role.

"What impressed [them] ... was the quietly formidable way she performs, and has for many years performed, her often difficult role," he said. "She knows not just what could be argued, but what would be sensible, just and equitable to argue."

In accepting the award, Leslie her selection came as a great surprise. "I've always seen myself as just a litigator, not as a specialist and certainly not a tax specialist," she said.

Leslie explained that she never intended to specialise in tax law, and she fell into the area when she took up a part time, fill-in role at the AGS many years ago. "It ended up being a bit longer than that... it's disconcerting to think I've now been at the AGS for almost half my life," she joked.

However she said that since she's become comfortable with the area, she's never felt tempted to work anywhere else, and that she was honoured to accept the award.

- By Zoe Lyon

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

AGS special counsel takes out tax prize
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Law Council of Australia
Nov 21 2017
LCA calls for urgent adoption of ‘game-changing’ recommendation
The Law Council of Australia has urged for the immediate adoption of a key recommendation put forwar...
Sally Wheeler
Nov 20 2017
ANU College of Law appoints new dean
A distinguished legal academic and the former head of law of a higher education institution in Irela...
Violence
Nov 17 2017
It's time for politicians to commit to eradicating domestic violence
The national shame of domestic violence cannot be left unaddressed, writes Christine Smyth. ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...