Lachlan practices in commercial and administrative law, and specialises in taxation.
He frequently acts for both the Commonwealth and private clients.
Lachlan has appeared in a wide range of disputes in the High Court, Full Federal Court, Federal Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as the Banking Royal Commission, Police Informants Royal Commission and the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry.
He advises on commercial and corporations law matters, including financial services, ASIC regulatory disputes (frequently acting for ASIC), directors duties, misleading and deceptive conduct, insolvency and foreign investment (FIRB) matters.
He advises on federal and state tax disputes, including income tax, Part IVA, transfer pricing, capital/revenue, consolidation, controlled foreign companies, CGT, GST, stamp duty, payroll tax, R&D and international matters, frequently acting for the Commissioner of Taxation.
Before coming to the Bar, Lachlan was in the Commonwealth Treasury Portfolio and held the role as the legal adviser to the Federal Treasurer of Australia, covering taxation, foreign investment and financial services. He oversaw the development and introduction of significant Commonwealth legislative reforms.
Prior to that Lachlan was a Managing Solicitor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he practised in taxation litigation and advised on some of Australia’s largest and most complex taxation matters, after gaining experience at White & Case LLP.
He graduated with a Masters with Distinction from the University of Oxford, and Bachelors in Laws and Engineering from the University of Melbourne.
He is a board director of the Law Council of Australia and is a member of the Victorian Bar Council.
He is a director of various not-for-profit and commercial organisations. He is Deputy Chairman of the National Trust of Australia, Australia's most important conservation and heritage oganisation, as well as a director of the National Trust of Victoria Foundation, Bromleigh Capital and FIA Australia.
Lachlan read with Eugene Wheelahan QC and Allan Myers AC QC.
From 03 May 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.