Areas of expertise.
Brendan specialises in corporate and international taxation. He has represented clients in respect of some of New Zealand’s most significant commercial transactions and tax disputes.
He has spent his over 20 years in legal practice helping clients with a wide range of taxation matters and is well known as a leading tax lawyer in New Zealand.
Brendan’s clients have included Westpac, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), Spark, Cheung Kong Infrastructure, ExxonMobil and Deutsche Bank. Brendan’s experience includes advising on transactions, obtaining binding rulings from Inland Revenue and representing clients in tax audits, disputes and litigation.
He is a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Practice Council of the New York University International Tax Program and the New Zealand Branch Committee of the International Fiscal Association. He has previously lectured part-time in tax and commercial law subjects at the Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago.
Brendan is recognised as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers and Partners (ranked Band 1, 2023), Asia Pacific Legal 500 (ranked in the ‘Hall of Fame’ for New Zealand tax law (2023)) and Best Lawyers® 2021 (‘Lawyer of the Year’, NZ). He has been recognised as a Leading Adviser by Tax Controversy Leaders since 2017 and was named in Australian Lawyer magazine’s 2016 ‘Hot List’ as one of the top private practice lawyers working in the Australasian legal market.