William Thompson
|Managing Partner Brisbane

Managing Partner of the firm's Brisbane office, Bill Thompson is recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia's leading corporate tax advisors and tax disputes lawyers. In his broad tax practice, Bill works with publicly listed and unlisted corporations, industry associations, government departments and government owned corporations, large not for profit organisations including universities and scientific research organisations, and large industry and retail superannuation funds, as well as high-wealth private clients.

He primarily advises on the tax implications of business and corporate acquisitions, corporate structures and restructures, and financing arrangements. He regularly advises on corporate taxation, international tax relating to inbound investments, capital gains tax, goods and services tax (GST), stamp duty, customs duty, land tax, and employment taxes.

Bill has extensive project experience in the Property, Infrastructure, Energy & Resources and Financial Services (Superannuation) industries Australia-wide. He advises peak bodies in the Australian Energy & Resources industries.

Bill is experienced in negotiating major disputes with Federal and State revenue authorities and handling audits by them. He has acted in many taxation disputes, including litigation to appellate level in a number of landmark tax cases.

In addition, Bill is a leader of our Private Client Wealth Practice. His clients have included some of Australia's wealthiest families.

Bill is a frequent speaker and author on taxation issues and has presented papers at conferences of the International Bar Association Taxation Committee, the American Bar Association Taxation Committee (foreign lawyers subcommittee), and the Taxation Academy of Singapore.

Updated 11 August 2014

The Australian financial services industry is undergoing significant reform aimed at improving the trust and confidence of Australian retail investors in the financial planning sector. The reforms are the Australian Government's response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services' Inquiry into financial products and services in Australia.

19 June 2014

The Full Federal Court decision in Hunger Project Australia has confirmed that an entity can be a 'public benevolent institution' without directly providing relief from poverty, sickness, disability, destitution, helplessness or other distress.

Updated October 2013

Minter Ellison's popular Guide to the fundamentals of doing business in Australia outlines Australia's business rules, from foreign investment guidelines to taxation, consumer protection, intellectual property and the employment law system. It is essential reading for anyone considering investing in Australia or starting up a business in this country.

22 May 2014

Minter Ellison has created a simple resource to help organisations keep track of the major developments in the OECD's Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

2 May 2014

On 28 April 2014, Australia entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States of America to improve international tax compliance and implement the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Exposure draft legislation has also been released by the Australian Treasury which will give domestic effect to our obligations under the IGA.