Michael Robson

Dr Michael Robson
Barrister & Solicitor
Sole Director, Robson Legal
Perth, Western Australia

Recommended as a tax firm by Doyles Guide 2021 & 2022

Contact Michael

P: (08) 9413 0333
M: 0401 002 997
A: 154 Main Street, Osborne Park WA 6017



Dr Robson is a barrister and solicitor admitted in Western Australia since 2011. He has gained extensive knowledge and experience in tax, commercial, corporate insolvency and deceased estate disputes. Dr Robson appears and provides advice on these areas of law.

Dr Robson has held a number of senior management positions both in the Western Australian government and in private industry.

Dr Robson served as the non-executive Chairman and Director of 4 ASX listed companies. Dr Robson was also formerly a director of the Jaye Radisich Foundation for approximately 5 years.

Areas of practice

Commonwealth and State taxes & duties


Tax reviews & audits
Objections to assessments
Tax appeals
Small business tax concessions
R & D tax incentive
Voluntary disclosure
GST and income tax
Personal services income
Employee share plans
Stamp duty concessions
Tax advice
Defending tax offences
Tax residency
Payroll tax
Asset protection
Business restructures
Tax structuring

Company & commercial disputes

Corporate insolvency

Deceased estates


Letters of Administration
Inheritance claims
Probate caveats
Probate reseals
Will validity
Citation to bring in a grant
Court representation
Deed of Family Arrangement
Bankrupt estates
Missing beneficiaries
Will interpretation
Estate administration
Executor's duties
Executor renunciation
Public Trustee disputes
De facto partner disputes
Superannuation & life insurance claims

Estate planning


Enduring Powers of Attorney
Enduring Powers of Guardianship


Dr Robson has a doctoral degree from Monash University (2022) and a first class honours from Charles Darwin University (2010). Dr Robson was also awarded a Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree by Curtin University (1998).


Dr Robson has been recommended as a tax lawyer in 2019, 2021 and 2022 by Doyles Guide.

Dr Robson was a recipient of the Attorney-General’s Medal awarded by Charles Darwin University.


Dr Robson's PhD Thesis is titled "The contemporary role of shareholder ratification and authorisation of breaches of directors’ duties".

The late Professor Robert Baxt made many insightful contributions to the analysis of the doctrine of ratification and the Thesis acknowledges his work and the contributions of many other eminent academics and jurists.

The Thesis is available for downloading from Monash University's Thesis collection.

Professional associations

Dr Robson is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Recent cases

Barjeba Pty Ltd v Bogg & anor [2023] WASC 232

Richmond v Commissioner of Taxation [2023] AATA 1915

Sarros & Anor v Commissioner of State Revenue (State Administrative Tribunal, 2023)

Nguyen v Bo & anor (Supreme Court, WA, 2022 settled)

Hayes v Barham Developments Pty Ltd (District Court, WA, 2022 settled)

Miniter v Hayward (Supreme Court, WA, 2021, settled)

Other cases


Conlan-Nash v Lawton & Ors (2020, settled)

Naylor v Jansson & Ors (2020, settled)

In the Estate of Phyllis Irene Hunter (2020, succesful)

Zimmermann & Ors v Ricciardi & Ors (2020, setttled)

Fastbet Investments P/L v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (No 5) [2019] FCA 2073

Darch v Stevenson (2019, settled)

Hill and Commissioner of Taxation [2019] AATA 1723

Caratti v Commissioner of Taxation (No 2) [2018] FCA 568

Fastbet Investments P/L v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCA 1406

Finley v Fraser & Ors (2017, settled)

In the Matter of the Estate of Finning (2017, settled)

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Francis (District Court, WA, 2017)

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Mignacca (District Court, WA, 2017)

Micallef v Brown & Caine (2017, settled)

Keris Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCAFC 164

Perry v Westall & Ors (2016, settled)

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Featherby (Supreme Court, WA 2016, settled)

Keris Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCA 1381

Zimmermann & Ors v Zimmermann (2015, settled)

Commissioner of Taxation v Caratti & Ors (Successfully defended, 2014)

Commissioner of Taxation v Gucce Holdings P/L (Supreme Court, WA 2014, settled)

Commissioner of Taxation v Caratti (Supreme Court, WA 2013, successfully defended)

Healey v Commissioner of Taxation [2012] FCAFC 194

LVR (WA) Pty Ltd v Administrative Appeals Tribunal [2012] FCAFC 90 (Successfully appealed)

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Moustaka [2011] WADC 213

LVR (WA) Pty Ltd v Administrative Appeals Tribunal [2011] FCA 1146

Recent publications & presentations

Issues for trustees concerning section 100A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936

Get in contact

P: (08) 9413 0333
M: 0401 002 997
E: michael@westaustralian.lawyer
A: 154 Main Street, Osborne Park WA 6017
P: PO Box 296, Osborne Park WA 6017