Catherine Pierce Portrait

Catherine Pierce

Bar roll 2011 Admitted 2004
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Catherine Pierce practises principally in taxation and commercial law

Catherine practices in taxation, commercial and public law. Catherine has also appeared in both international and domestic commercial arbitration. 

Before joining the Bar, Catherine worked as a solicitor at Walkers Hong Kong and on secondment to King & Wood, where she advised in respect of international financial instruments and corporate and financial restructuring.

Liability limited by a scheme approvd under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Chancery Chambers
Level 25

200 Queen Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Taxation
Tort Law
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Freedom of Information
  • Taxation



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia




Recent Cases

Recent Federal Tax Cases

Catherine has acted for both taxpayers and the Commissioner of Taxation in the High Court and Federal Court in the following cases: 

Federal Commissioner of Taxation v Thomas [2018] HCA 31 (led by Justin Gleeson SC and Philip Looney QC)

Federal Commissioner of Taxation ats Racing Queensland Board and Federal Commissioner of Taxation ats Scone Race Club Ltd (2018, Federal Court of Australia, led by Philip Looney QC; decision reserved)

Orica Ltd v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCA 1399 (Federal Court of Australia, led by Simon Steward QC, with Lisa Hespe).

Ongoing Federal Tax Matters

Advising a multinational company in relation to the application of anti-avoidance and transfer pricing provisions to certain debt instruments and currency swaps.

Federal Commissioner of Taxation ats Bell Group Limited (led by Neil Williams SC)

Federal Commissioner of Taxation ats ACN 153 530 199 Pty Ltd (led by Greg Davies QC).

Federal Commissioner of Taxation ats Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd (led by Stephen Sharpley QC)

Auctus Resources Pty Ltd v Innovation and Science Australia (not led)

Federal Commissioner of Taxation ats Focus Metals Australia Pty Ltd (not led)

Commercial Cases

Australia Wales Financial Management Pty Ltd ats Flash Lighting Company Inc. (2018, Victorian Supreme Court; decision reserved)

Court v Spotless Limited ((2018, Federal Court; ongoing)


Member of the Board of Directors of List G Barristers

Victorian Bar - News Editorial Committee

Victorian Bar - Commercial Bar Association