Des is the Special Tax Adviser at the Australian Taxation Office. Previously, he was Deputy Chief Tax Counsel for the ATO, a role he held from 1994 until 2011. His work includes advising on major public and private rulings and strategic litigation. Des has been Chair of the Public Rulings Panel and the General Anti Avoidance Rules Panel and currently chairs the International Steering Committee as well as the NTLG International Sub-committee. Current at 02 July 2012
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Peter Walmsley, began his tax career in 1977 and is one of three Deputy Chief Tax Counsels for the ATO. He has an extensive knowledge of, and experience in, litigating Part IVA matters on behalf of the Commissioner. He is also well known for his extensive knowledge of Australian taxation law. Peter's role as Deputy Chief Tax Counsel (which began in 2002) has included chairing the Public Rulings Panel and the General Anti-Avoidance Rules Panel, as well as providing technical leadership in relation to significant technical issues, including proposed law changes, audits and Federal and High Court cases.