Richard Raffell

Richard Raffell

Richard is regularly briefed in federal and state taxation matters. He has appeared for taxpayers, the Commissioner of Taxation and the NSW Chief Commissioner of State Revenue. He has acted for clients during tax audits, tax objections and appeared in the Federal Court, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of NSW. He also provides taxation advice to clients in non-litigious circumstances.

Richard is also regularly briefed in commercial and equity matters. This has included appearances in numerous matters in the Supreme Court of NSW (including the Court of Appeal) as well as other Courts and Tribunals. Some of the areas of commercial/equity law in which Richard commonly advises and appears, include: breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, oppression of minority interest shareholders, trusts, partnerships, real property (including leases) and misleading or deceptive conduct.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of The Tax Institute. At University, he received an award for first place in The Conceptual Framework of the Common Law, a subject devised and taught by the former President of the NSW Court of Appeal, Keith Mason. He is currently studying toward a Masters of Law at the University of Sydney.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Richard spent 10 years at PwC, where he worked on a broad range of local and multinational clients’ affairs, with a particular focus on income tax in relation to companies, trusts and partnerships.

Select Cases

Commissioner of Taxation v Fabig (2013) 215 FCR 122

Busways Blacktown Pty Limited v Westbus Region 1 Pty Limited & Ors [2018] NSWSC 1590

Gerard Cassegrain & Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v Cassegrain (2013) 305 ALR 687

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