Richard Snowden

Richard Snowden

Richard Snowden is a tax partner in the Sydney Office and has over 25 years experience in the application of taxation law in the areas of federal income tax, goods and services tax and state taxes.

Richard is the adviser to a number of major domestic and foreign corporations in a range of different industries on domestic and international tax issues and has been involved in many large M&A transactions.

Richard is a well known specialist in the financial services and funds management sectors where he regularly advises on range of issues including debt and capital raisings, structured and financial products, leasing and hybrid securities.

Recent presentations

Richard has presented at the following recent seminars:

  • Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax - 28 October 2009
  • IFSA - Investment Management Regime - 15 September 2009
  • Current tax issues for funds - 8 September 2009.

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In 2003 Richard was appointed a joint adviser along with NSW Treasury and the University of NSW to the People's Republic of China on international tax reform.
Richard has also lectured in tax and commerce at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University and is the author of numerous technical articles on taxation. Recently he was the contributing author to "Corporate Taxation - International" (Lexis Nexis 2007) and "Tax on Inbound Investment" (Law Business Research 2007). He has been recognised for a number of years as a leading Australian tax adviser by Euromoney's International Tax Review.

Recent matters

Richard has worked closely with numerous major listed companies, investment banks and fund managers. He has been a key adviser in a number of significant recent deals such as the acquisition of the Four Seasons and Intercontinental Hotel Groups in Australia. He has also been a key tax adviser to Federal and State Treasuries on tax reform and liaised extensively with Government on behalf of industry and professional associations.


  • Admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in the High Court of Australia
  • Business Law Committee and Taxation Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Challis and TIA No.1 tax discussion groups
  • Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales.


  • 1983: Bachelor of Commerce (Merit) and Laws, University of New South Wales
  • 1987: Master of Laws (Honours), University of Sydney
  • 1983 - 2004: Ernst & Young including 15 years as a partner, 10 years as a practice leader for the banking and finance tax group and a member of the E&Y Global Financial Services Committee
  • 2004 - 2008: Henry Davis York - Partner in Charge of Taxation.


Legal insights

On 21 September 2018, the Victorian Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner) in Commissioner of State Revenue v The Optical Superstore Pty Ltd [2018] VSC...

28 September 2018

The Federal Government released an exposure draft of technical amendments to the Attribution Managed Investment Trusts (AMIT) scheme.

20 June 2018

Analysis of the 2018-19 Australian Federal Budget: significant reforms for corporates, small business and personal tax.

08 May 2018

Analysis of the 2018-19 Australian Federal Budget: key tax changes for corporates and business.

08 May 2018