John Toohey Chambers


John Toohey Chambers

Contact Information

Level 3, Citibank House
37 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
(08) 6315 3356
0449 982 464
(08) 6315 3399

Professional Information


John Fickling is a barrister at the Western Australian Bar, specialising in taxation law and taxation law matters also involving contractual, corporations, constitutional and administrative law issues. John appears in matters both for and against the Australian Taxation Office and Office of State Revenue, provides taxation law advice, drafts correspondence and submissions and negotiates settlements for and against the revenue authorities.

John has practised in taxation law for 14 years, four of which were spent in London providing time-sensitive and commercially driven taxation advice to US and European global investment banks on cross-border acquisitions, financing, restructures and capital raisings.

John regularly advises on the potential application of and taxpayer defence strategies for Part IVA including regularly working with Queen's Counsel and Senior Counsel to provide opinions and appear before the courts.

John's practice includes drafting submissions and negotiating with the ATO in respect of the issue of rulings for complex financial products and corporate restructures.

John holds a Master of Laws with first class honours, in corporate and international taxation law, and is a recipient of the Advanced Taxation Law prize from Melbourne Law School. John has lectured and tutored in taxation law at Melbourne Law School and has presented at seminars on cross-border tax structuring in Australia, London and NY.

Ongoing representative matters include:
* Representation of parties in tax disputes involving Australian Taxation Office ("ATO") including Part IVC issues (substantive taxation law) and Taxation Administration Act issues (tax debt collection legal issues)
* Representation in tax disputes involving the WA Office of State Revenue ("OSR")

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Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Taxation Committee, Law Society WA
  • Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Western Australian Bar Association

Areas of Practice

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of NSW
  • High Court of Australia


  • B.Com (Hons)
  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM (Hons 1st Class)
  • CTA

Elected to WA Bar Association