Ms Fiona J Alpins

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Practise in revenue law (federal and state), commercial law and administrative law, at trial and appellate level.

A former Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (2012-2017).

A member of the International Association of Tax Judges.

Cases include:

National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Ltd v Commissioner of State Taxation [2010] SASC 261 (leading counsel for NMLA); on appeal (2011) 110 SASR 536 (sole counsel for NMLA); special leave application AMP Life Ltd, ANZ Life Assurance Ltd, ING Life Ltd, NMLA v Commissioner of State Taxation [2013] HCA Trans 074 (junior counsel for the applicants) - stamp duty - insurance business – characterisation of premiums and policies;

 Tasman Group Services Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2008] FCA 23 (junior counsel for Tasman); on appeal FCT v Tasman Group Services Pty Ltd (2009) 180 FCR 128; special leave application [2010] HCA Trans 107 - commercial debt forgiveness provisions of Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 - connection of debts held by non-resident corporation with Australia;

 Crown Melbourne Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (settled in 2009) (junior counsel for Crown) - deductibility of payments of tax made to State of Victoria - Pt IVA of Income Tax Assessment Act 1936;

 Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (2008) 173 FCR 359 (junior counsel for Caltex) - excise duty - petroleum products - including technical and constitutional aspects;

 Commissioner of State Revenue v Challenger Property Nominees Pty Ltd [2006] VSC 203 (junior counsel for Challenger) - duty – subscription for and redemption of units in unit trust – exemption for change in trustees - dutiable value of transferred property.

Academic appointments include:

Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne - Superannuation Law, Graduate Program (2002, 2004-05).

Publications include:

'Hart's Case - What Kind of Hand Has the High Court Dealt?' (2004) 39 Taxation in Australia 23, co-written with J W de Wijn QC;

'Part IV A - Twenty - Two Years On .... In a State of Maturity?' (Pt 1) (2003) 38 Taxation in Australia 310; (Pt 2) (2004) 38 Taxation in Australia 372, co-written with J W de Wijn QC;

'Why the Superannuation Guarantee Scheme is Unconstitutional' (1999) 28 Australian Tax Review 13; (2000) 3 Tax Specialist 254.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    03 April 1995
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    23 May 1996
  • Qualifications
    B Com, LLB (Hons) (Melb)

Areas of Speciality

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition & Consumer Law
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Insolvency Law
  • Insurance & Professional Negligence
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • Public Law
  • Superannuation