Tax Lawyers Sydney & Melbourne - Help with tax objections, tax debt, tax disputes and foreign residency

Our Team

Principal Director

Tania Waterhouse    LLB (Hons) LLM (Tax)
Former ATO Director   

Tania began her legal career with Mallesons Stephen Jacques where she specialised in tax and superannuation.

She then joined 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 this relationship 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 arranges does weddings for friends

Tax Consultant

Michael Cranston   
Former ATO Deputy Commissioner   

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 and a beer with mates.

Senior Consultant

Aris Zafiriou       

Aris was the ATO Director for Significant Debt. In this role he represented the Commissioner in large tax debt recovery proceedings. Aris always strived to achieve a fair result for both the Commissioner and the taxpayer. As a result he is held in high regard by both his former ATO colleagues and taxpayers and their representatives.

Aris brings to Waterhouse Lawyers a wealth of debt and insolvency experience as well as in-depth knowledge of ATO debt policies and procedures.

As part of the Waterhouse team Aris will achieve the near impossible by saving our clients from bankruptcy or being woundup.

Aris is from Melbourne and a Tigers’ tragic (this commentary written by a Demons supporter). Aris’ battle cry:

Oh we’re from Tigerland
A fighting fury
We’re from Tigerland
In any weather you will see us with a grin
Risking head and shin
If we’re behind then never mind
We’ll fight and fight and win
For we’re from Tigerland
We never weaken til the final siren’s gone
Like the Tiger of old
We’re strong and we’re bold
For we’re from Tiger
Yellow and Black
We’re from Tigerland.