Judith Choate




I am a corporate and commercial lawyer with 25 years' experience in private practice in Australia. I have specialized in tax and revenue law throughout my career and am highly skilled in transaction and advisory work. In addition, I have significant litigation and dispute resolution experience. I was a finalist for the Tax Institute of Australia Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year Award in 2015.

My core transaction work has involved the tax-effective structuring, restructuring, financing, acquisition and disposal of assets and projects. My core advisory and opinion work has focused on corporate law, including corporate governance, federal and State tax, strategic positioning and conflict resolution. 

Throughout my career I have: 
* Acted for a range of private sector, non-profit and government clients across a wide variety of industries including exporting, manufacturing, mining and energy, commercial property and agribusiness
* Specialised in obtaining and preserving charitable and/or income tax exempt status and
deduction endorsement for non-profit clients, including universities, biotech start-ups and
medical research institutes.
* Developed in-depth knowledge of the critical aspects of listed and unlisted trusts across the
investment and property sectors and generally through the use of unitised, hybrid trusts and
discretionary trusts in commerce and investment.
* Acted in designing and implementing employee share and option schemes, balancing the
competing interests of stakeholders.
* Negotiated and resolved disputes with federal and State revenue authorities and secured
private tax and GST rulings.
* Specialized in business succession planning since 1993.

Author of:
  • Jurisdictional guide—Australia
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    Areas of Practice

    Private Client

    Year Qualified



    Family Business Australia, Accredited Adviser
    Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member
    Tax Institute of Australia, Chartered Tax Adviser
    Law Council of Australia, Tax Subcommittee
    Law Institute of Victoria, Member


    Master of Laws (LL.M)