Dr. Holger Sorensen

Dr. Holger Sorensen

A specialist taxation advocate and advisor, with a particular interest in state taxes, Dr Sorensen's expertise includes stamp duties, land tax, payroll tax, income tax, capital gains tax and goods and services tax.

With extensive experience advising and appearing for both revenue authorities and taxpayers, Dr Sorensen possesses in-depth knowledge of administrative law, commercial law, conveyancing, equity and trusts, including charity law. His practice also includes planning, valuation, and compulsory acquisition compensation and Crown land law matters.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Dr Sorensen was the Senior Solicitor (Investigations) at the Special Prosecutor's Office, Sydney, where he was responsible for directing and managing investigations into "bottom of the harbour" tax schemes. Earlier experience includes practise as Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office in New Zealand and Solicitor at the Inland Revenue department in Wellington.

Dr Sorensen is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia. He has lectured part-time at the University of Sydney Law School post-graduate programme, in stamp duties law and land tax, and at University of Technology, Sydney, Law School post-graduate programme, in taxation law subjects and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame, School of Law, Sydney Campus. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws and a PhD (in Law) – the PhD thesis is entitled "Tax Administration – The Assessment".

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Cadia Holdings Pty Ltd v State of New South Wales (2010) 242 CLR 195

Halloran v Minister Administering National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (2006) 229 CLR 545

Chief Commissioner of State Revenue v Dick Smith Electronic Holdings Pty Ltd (2005) 221 CLR 496

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