Last Updated: 06 June 2019
is a specialist set of barristers’ chambers in Auckland, New Zealand, dealing with all aspects of tax controversy. Its team represents clients against Inland Revenue in tax investigations, disputes and litigation. It has particular expertise in international tax controversy, including managing ... cross-border investigations and inter-jurisdictional requests for information, and the interpretation and application of double tax treaties, having litigated these matters in the superior Courts of New Zealand and the Cook Islands. It is also highly experienced in managing complex domestic tax investigations with offshore components and defending serious tax fraud. The OSBC team routinely works with tax specialists in other professions to add an advocacy edge to their dealings with Revenue. Outside NZ, it is skilled in the tax, international company and trust regimes of the Cook Islands. The OSBC team is the largest specialist tax team at the NZ Bar and is headed by senior barrister Geoffrey Clews.