Actu monde – AU – ‘He’s the smartest lawyer I’ve ever met’


Simon Steward was the first graduate of his University of Melbourne law class to become Senior or Queen’s Advocate He will now be the first to join the High Court

The tax lawyer has been a Federal Court judge for two years and nine months His promotion was aided by the government’s desire to replace Judge Geoffrey Nettle with one from the Victorian era and by support from legal circles Melbourne curators

Judge Steward became a lawyer after Mallesons University Stephen Jacques, where he received the nickname « Your Honor » Tash Sorensen

The son of a Melbourne lawyer, Edwin, and a graduate of Xavier College, a private Catholic school in Melbourne, Judge Steward became a lawyer after college at Mallesons Stephen Jacques, where he received the nickname « your honor « 

He wrote an MA thesis on Constitutional Limitation of Tax Powers in 2000 He was Senior Professor in Tax Litigation for the Masters Course in Taxation at the University of Melbourne and Chairman of the Tax Bar Association

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In 2011, he defeated the Federal Court tax office on behalf of GE Capital, which had received a large tax bill for how he created Genworth, a mortgage insurer

« The ATO didn’t even appeal, » said Chris Vanderkley, then CFO of GE Capital Australia. « He’s the most impressive QC I’ve ever worked with »

Melbourne lawyer Lisa Hespe, who worked under Judge Steward, said he would be a collegiate member of the tribunal, which this year decided to apologize to young female lawyers who complained about the harassment of former judge Dyson Heydon

« He doesn’t want to sow discord – after everything the High Court has been through – he’s a top notch person, » Ms Hespe said on Wednesday « He’s the smartest lawyer I’ve ever met »

Judge Steward said he decided to pursue tax law while a clerk or trainee lawyer at Mallesons As a lawyer he worked on important tax cases involving AusNet and Chevron

« I had to – I did not volunteer – spend time in his tax group, » he said when he became a judge

« There I met a group of very great jurists including Michael Clough and David Wood who I am happy are here in court

« Through their dedication to professional excellence, I realized that tax lawyers have the best and most intellectually stimulating They converted me I thank them for that « 

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