Our Team - Waterhouse Lawyers

Our Team

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.

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Tania Waterhouse LLB (Hons) LLM (Tax)

Partner - Former ATO Director

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

She then joined AusIndustry as a litigator in the old R&D scheme.

Subsequently, she was engaged as a Director at the ATO, where she worked for almost a decade, gaining in-depth knowledge of international taxation, superannuation, and tax litigation. During this time, Tania also developed close professional relationships with numerous senior staff, maintaining these connections since leaving the ATO.

Drawing on her extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Tania established her own law firm. She now leverages her specialist knowledge of taxation law to achieve excellent results for her clients. Clients consistently praise Tania for her warm, open approach to addressing their tax problems. After consulting with her, they invariably feel greatly relieved to have Tania on their side.

In addition to her legal career, Tania is also a professional florist. Having owned her own florist for several years, she understands firsthand the challenges small business owners face in balancing their tax obligations with running a successful enterprise. While she no longer operates her own florist, she continues to create arrangements for friends’ weddings.

Michael Cranston Former ATO Deputy Commissioner

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.

Bernie Kerr

Counsel

Bernie has been practising law for over 30 years.

He commenced his legal career as a NSW police prosecutor. This was followed by working as a criminal barrister at the NSW Bar.

He then started practising as a lawyer specialising in criminal (including tax prosecutions) and family law.

Bernie is a keen sailor. He can occasionally be spotted foiling on Sydney Harbour.

Lamees

Lamees Mchawrab LLB BSSc

Senior Associate | Manager

Lamees is an integral part of our team, serving as our trusted team manager overseeing day-to-day operations. In this capacity, she leads our efforts in tax debt resolution, achieving remarkable success in obtaining payment plans, securing GIC remissions, and skillfully navigating through DPNs, Statements of Claims, and Statutory Demands.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Science from Western Sydney University. Lamees has always harbored a passion for tax, as evidenced by her receipt of the Dean’s Award in Tax Law at university.

Fluent in Arabic, Lamees brings a diverse perspective to our practice.

Beyond her professional achievements, Lamees finds joy in spending time with her nieces and nephew and shares a passion for international travel.

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Jamie Gu (CPA) JD MCom MPAcc PGDipBA BEngSc

Senior Associate

Jamie holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales and is also a certified practising accountant.

With an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, a graduate diploma in Business Administration, a Master of Commerce, and a Master of Professional Accounting, Jamie boasts a diverse educational background. Additionally, he is a member of CPA Australia.

Before joining Waterhouse Lawyers, Jamie served as a legal adviser at a corporate and criminal law firm. Prior to transitioning to law, he served as the finance director for an international logistics company and held senior finance positions in both public listed and private FMCG firms.

In his current capacity, Jamie specializes in providing tax advice, with a focus on residency matters.

Proficient in Mandarin Chinese, Jamie can speak, read, and write fluently.

Outside of work, Jamie is a devoted family man.  His young kids think he tells awesome bedtime stories.

Abraham Chan LLB(Hons) BActuSt

Lawyer

Abraham graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies.

Abraham enjoys working on objections, audits and matters involving litigation.

Abraham can speak Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

Outside of work, Abraham enjoys archery, bouldering and hiking. He also enjoys going on food adventures with his sister.

 

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Miranda Smith, BCMPH-COMA JD

Paralegal

Miranda, from Canada, graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Computing with a specialisation in Computing and Mathematics. In addition, Miranda just completed her Juris Doctor from The University of Sydney.

In her role as a paralegal, Miranda is the friendly voice handling inquiries about a range of tax matters and provides support to all our lawyers in different capacities.

Miranda enjoys adventures out in the wilderness but refuses to live in the wild. She is a high maintenance girly and requires a life of luxury. Miranda is also a home body who loves a good book and cosy blanket with freshly baked cookies and a cup of tea. 

 

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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.

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Recognition

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