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James Hamblin
Special Counsel
I specialise in tax law and have particular expertise in stamp duty, land tax and corporate income tax matters. I provide structuring, due diligence and general tax and stamp duty advisory services to both domestic and offshore clients. My practice spans a range of sectors including commercial real estate, property development, infrastructure, student accommodation and aged care. I also assist clients in their dealings with revenue authorities when seeking rulings and exemptions, and in addressing investigations and disputes.
  • +61 3 8608 2854
  • +61 413 084 775

I enjoy working closely with clients to meet their commercial objectives. I explain complex tax and stamp duty issues in a manner that is easy to understand, and add value by assisting clients structure their investments effectively from a tax and commercial perspective.

Career highlights

  • Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust – advised on its $1.013 billion acquisition of GIC’s and Frasers Property Australia Pty Limited’s Australian logistics property portfolio
  • SB&G Hotel Group – assisted with its $500 million hotel portfolio acquisition from Eureka Funds Management, including the InterContinental Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Crowne Plaza Canberra and Holiday Inn Potts Point
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited – acted in its successful $976.1 million takeover bid for Bradken Limited
  • Federation Centres – advised on its merger with Novion Property Group, which created Vicinity Centres, Australia's leading fully diversified retail REIT
  • The University of Melbourne – advised on the development and construction of the 'Carlton Connect Initiative', a precinct comprising an innovation and industry collaboration hub for the University and a graduate student accommodation facility
  • Regularly advising insurers on M&A tax risks for the purposes of warranty and indemnity insurance policies