Eugene practises principally in tax law. He has acted for both taxpayers and the Commissioner of Taxation in leading cases in the High Court and Federal Court including: BHP Billiton Limited v FCT (High Court "associates" case); Watson v FCT (Full Federal Court capital/revenue case); Caltex Petroleum Australia Pty Ltd v FCT (Product Stewardship Oil benefits case); Moreton Resources Ltd v FCT (Full Federal Court R&D case); Orica Ltd v FCT (Part IVA case); AusNet Transmission Group Pty Ltd v FCT (High Court capital/revenue case); FCT v Macquarie Bank Limited (Mongoose Case); Gashi v FCT; SPI Powernet Pty Ltd v FCT; Australian Pipeline Ltd v FCT; Financial Synergy Holdings Pty Ltd v FCT; and FCT v Seven Network Limited.
Eugene advises and acts in disputes involving issues such as consolidation, transfer pricing, the CFC rules, thin capitalisation, double tax treaties, capital gains tax, the debt/equity rules, capital/revenue distinctions, losses, taxation of trusts and Part IVA. He acts for clients in the mining, infrastructure, telecommunications and financial services industries, among others, providing opinions and assisting them in their dealings with the Commissioner during reviews, audits, objections and litigation.
Eugene has a Master of Tax from the University of Melbourne where he is a Senior Fellow of the Law Faculty lecturing in the subjects Tax Litigation and Tax Avoidance and Planning. He is also a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia, Vice President of the Tax Bar Association and Deputy Chair of the Readers' Course Committee.
Eugene is consistently recognised in peer review publications such as Doyles Guide, Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers.
From 24/07/2008, Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.