William Thompson

Managing Partner of the firm's Brisbane office, Bill is MinterEllison's Regional Markets Leader, responsible for the management and strategy of the firm's regional offices.

He is recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia's leading corporate tax advisors and tax disputes lawyers and heads the firm's Tax Division. 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 and 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 leads 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.

9 May 2017

In this MinterEllison tax bulletin, we highlight the key tax measures which have emerged in the Budget, focusing on business taxpayers and those measures which have been announced for the first time on Budget night.

December 2016

MinterEllison'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.

Updated 1 August 2016

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.

19 May 2016

The Australian Government enacted a Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law in December 2015, and the recent Federal Budget on 3 May 2016 proposed that a Diverted Profits Tax also be enacted. Both provisions impact upon large multinationals and their potential impact should be risk assessed by Boards.

5 May 2016

On 3 May 2016, the Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2016/17 Federal Budget. On 3 May 2016, the Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2016/17 Federal Budget. The tax announcements in the Budget reflect a continuation of the major themes on taxation from the 2015/16 Budget, focussing on small business as a way to grow the economy, and on multinational tax avoidance.