Anthony Watson


Mills Oakley
Level 12
400 George Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Tel: +61 2 8035 7996
Fax: +61 2 8289 5800


With over 30 years’ experience in Australian and international taxation law, Tony is regarded by his clients, colleagues and peers as a trusted adviser of the highest order.

Tony leads the tax practice in our Sydney office. His in-depth knowledge, expertise and practical experience cover all areas of taxation law and practice. From transaction conception and strategy to structuring, due diligence, execution and risk management, Tony’s pragmatic advice has been delivered to some of Australia’s largest corporates, and across Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia. He is able to work on specialised, tax-only assignments directly with clients, or collaboratively with our lawyers in other areas on large, multi-faceted transactions. This is coupled with an independence which allows Tony to think laterally and speak frankly with his clients.

The Mills Oakley Tax Practice brings Tony’s personalised commitment to pragmatic advice and a commercial mindset to our tax offering. As a Chartered Accountant as well as a solicitor, Tony’s financial acumen is a welcome benefit for many clients. We cover all federal taxes, direct and indirect, and all NSW duties and taxes.

Prior to joining Mills Oakley, Tony was a senior partner with Australia’s largest specialised tax practice, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, for over 25 years.

We provide our clients with seamless, highly efficient and effective business solutions by providing tax expertise across all areas of commercial law.

Our services

We offer a full service taxation practice. Our practice areas include:

Corporate tax

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestments
  • cross-border structuring and finance
  • leveraged and cross-border leasing and other structured finance transactions
  • infrastructure and asset/project financing
  • compliance reviews and due diligence reports
  • employee reward packaging
  • capital raisings/capital management
  • funds management
  • tax litigation
  • advising and managing taxation affairs, including submissions to the Australian Taxation Office and obtaining rulings

Indirect tax

  • stamp duty and transfer taxes
  • goods and services tax
  • land tax and payroll tax
  • fringe benefits tax

Individual tax and retirement planning

  • benefits packaging/expatriate services
  • income tax preparation, lodgement and review, especially for expatriate employees working in Australia
  • structuring of personal taxation affairs
  • structuring of retirement arrangements
  • compliance reviews and due diligence
  • taxation of pension, retirement and superannuation funds
Mills Oakley is a leading national law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. With over 94 partners and more than 670 staff, we offer strong expertise across all key commercial practice areas.

From origins in Melbourne in 1864, Mills Oakley has grown to become a domestic leader in legal services with a client base of ASX-200 listed companies, mid-sized corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

We have been consistently ranked by independent media surveys, including those conducted by The Australian and The Australian Financial Review, as one of Australia’s fastest growing law firms over the past five years. In 2017, Mills Oakley was named Law Firm of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards.