Angela Wood

Clayton Utz
Partner Melbourne

Angela Wood at Clayton Utz is “highly skilled at managing tax disputes”, according to sources who commend her work on behalf of SME, HNWI and large-scale corporations

– Who’s Who Legal


A leading tax dispute resolution and litigation lawyer, with an exceptional track record of success over 25 years’ dedicated practice in the field. Focused on proactive, efficient and early resolution of disputes, advising multinational and large domestic corporates, private groups and high net wealth individuals. Advises at all stages of tax disputes, from early regulator engagement at transaction, through reviews, audits, independent review, GAAR panel and objections. Brings deep tax litigation experience, having run significant Federal, State and High Court matters for both the Commissioner of Tax and taxpayers. Lauded for her strategic counsel, strong ATO connections, and the ability to balance robust taxpayer representation with productive regulatory relationships, consistently delivering optimal outcomes.

Angela is the National Practice Group Leader of the Tax team.

Notable Work
  • Infrastructure Client: advised on a complex ATO audit related to stapled structures, addressing GAAR and transfer pricing.
  • Multinational Resources Client: assisted with ATO audit of internal restructures, involving GAAR, MAAL, and transfer pricing.
  • Confidential Client: provision of strategic dispute management advice in ATO audit regarding transfer pricing and treaty shopping
  • Technology Company: successfully resolved disputes related to the application of the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law
  • Multinational Commodities Business: resolved significant ATO audit issues, including Part IVA and transfer pricing matters.
  • Foreign Private Equity Fund: successfully navigated early engagement with the ATO to avoid a dispute regarding divestment in Australia.
  • Entertainment Client: provided tax advice for an entertainment client's offshore operations wind-up, addressing GAAR and CGT participation exemption.
  • Automotive Client: advised on the tax implications of a multinational automotive client's restructure, addressing GAAR and income tax issues.
  • Resources Client: advised on the FIRB process for a client's restructure and refinancing, focusing on GAAR issues.
  • Commissioner of Taxation: acted in a significant mediation for a landmark related party financing transfer pricing dispute.
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