Meet the team
Our tax team come from diverse backgrounds – from a former Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, to a former Mallesons solicitor. This enables us to provide comprehensive tax advice that considers tax issues from every angle and ensures that we achieve the best possible outcomes for you.
Tania Waterhouse LLB (Hons) LLM (Tax)
Partner - Former ATO Director
Tania began her legal career with Mallesons Stephen Jacques where she specialised in tax and superannuation.
She then joined AusIndustry as a litigator in the old R&D scheme.
She was then engaged as a Director at the ATO where she worked for almost a decade as a Director. During this time she acquired in-depth knowledge of international taxation, superannuation and tax litigation. Tania also developed close professional relationships with numerous senior staff and has maintained these relationships since leaving the ATO.
Tania used all of private and public sector legal experience to establish her own law firm. She now uses her specialist knowledge of taxation law to gain great results for most of her clients.
Clients are always impressed by Tania’s warm, open approach to their tax problems. After talking through their issues with her they always depart feeling greatly relieved to have Tania on their side.
Tania is also a professional florist. She owned her own florist for several years so she knows from personal experience the difficulties small business owners face trying to keep up with their tax obligations while trying to run a successful business. These days she only does arrangements for friends’ weddings.
Michael Cranston BCom (Accounting), MTax
Partner - Former ATO Deputy Commissioner
Michael has a Masters of Taxation from University of Sydney. In addition, he completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting. He is also a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.
With over 40 years experience with the ATO, the last ten as Deputy Commissioner for Private Groups and Individuals, Michael understands the difficulties facing taxpayers with complex structures.
Michael’s strong mediation skills allow him to negotiate and achieve the best result possible for taxpayers.
In addition, Michael’s forensic accounting skills enable him to analyse complex accounting records in order to determine whether the ATO has made an error in their analysis of a taxpayer’s assessable income.
Waterhouse Lawyers has engaged Michael to provide accounting assistance and to assist in negotiations with the ATO. He is not a lawyer and does not provide legal advice which is provided by Tania Waterhouse.
Michael loves fishing, golf and a beer with mates.
Jamie Gu (CPA) JD, MCom, MPAcc, PGDipBA, BEngSc
Jamie holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales. He is also a certified practising accountant.
Jamie has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, a graduate diploma in business administration, a Master of Commerce, and a Master of Professional Accounting. He is also a member of CPA Australia.
Prior to joining Waterhouse Lawyers, Jamie worked for a corporate and criminal al law firm as a legal adviser.
Before pursuing his career in law, he worked as finance director for an international logistics company. He has also held senior finance positions in public listed and private FMCG firms.
In his current role, Jamie provides tax advice and specializes in residency.
Jamie can speak, read, and write in Mandarin Chinese.
Jamie is a devoted family man. His young kids think he tells awesome bedtime stories.
Dario Sabljak LLB, BBus
Dario has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business from Western Sydney University. Dario has completed his Practical Legal Training, and is currently awaiting formal admission as a lawyer in NSW.
Prior to joining Waterhouse Lawyers, Dario worked for a reputable barrister’s chambers as an assistant law clerk. Prior to that, he spent a year in Italy playing football at a high level across the country.
Since joining our team, he has become a key member providing a high level of support to both our legal team and clients. He is passionate about the law and is dedicated to supporting our solicitors achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Dario specialises in providing residency advice.
Dario can speak, read and write in Croatian. He is also a member of the Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
Dario has a broad range of interests outside of work. He is passionate about football (soccer), whether it is playing it, watching it or reading about it. He also loves travelling and continues to tick new places off his list. He also loves reading and studying various parts of history.
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How we can help
We can liaise with the ATO if you are being audited; obtain a payment plan for a tax debt; and represent you in a tax court case.