The challenging and ever-changing nature of taxation law is an area populated by the legal industry’s elite who are eagerly sought after for their specialist knowledge. Among these, few can say they sit in the same class as John Tucker — one of the best and most experienced tax experts in South Australia.

As the DW Fox Tucker tax team leader, John is widely regarded as a pre-eminent tax specialist, as evidenced by his recognition in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession (Pre-eminent Since 2012) and Best Lawyers Australia (Lawyer of the Year, 2014 & 2015).

With experience spanning more than four decades, John is regularly engaged to act for clients in the most demanding of tax-related matters. Together with his extraordinary knowledge of tax law, his years of expertise also extend to most areas of commercial law, particularly major commercial transactions.

Often called upon by Australian and foreign businesses, John’s areas of expertise include advising on tax-effective business structures, acquisitions and disposals, restructures, mergers, demergers, buy-backs and share cancellations, structured finance packaging, and superannuation fund advice, to name just a few.

John also represents clients in taxation disputes through negotiation, documentation of submissions, objections and appeals, litigation and mediation.

Other areas where John’s commercial nous shines and his valuable tax advice is sought include joint venture arrangements, legal structuring of supporting documentation for new business and property ventures, major acquisitions and disposals, significant residential land developments, new residential and commercial home unit projects, retirement villages, shopping centres and urban renewal developments, plus estate planning and family succession.

John is a life member and Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute and has served as its National President.

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December 20, 2023 Discretionary Trust Deed Issues
April 27, 2022 Another DW Fox Tucker “Best Lawyer” Joins the List & Two More Are “Ones to Watch”
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April 19, 2021 Best Lawyers Australia: Celebrating Excellence
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December 16, 2020 No Thanks! Effective Disclaimer of a Trust Entitlement
December 16, 2020 Onus of Proof in Tax Disputes
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency Tax
May 22, 2020 RevenueSA Online Land Tax Portal – Responding to Land Tax Letters
April 27, 2020 COVID-19: Business Succession Planning
Wills & Estate Planning
April 22, 2020 Best Lawyers Recognises Nine of DW Fox Tuckers Finest
Firm News
April 10, 2020 Residence Issues for Trust Estates With Foreign Corporate Trustees
April 10, 2020 Land Tax Reform – What Does it All Mean?
April 10, 2020 On the Hook: Directors in the Tax Firing Line
April 06, 2020 COVID-19: Payroll Tax and Land Tax Measures
September 16, 2019 Draft Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019
August 23, 2019 Land Tax Reform for Trusts
August 13, 2019 Aggregation of Land Held on Trust for Land Tax Purposes
June 21, 2019 Offloading Tax Liabilities Between Spouses
Tax Family Law
June 21, 2019 Succession Planning
Tax Wills & Estate Planning
April 02, 2019 DW Fox Tucker’s “Best Lawyer” Awards List Grows, New Additions & Another “Lawyer of the Year”
Firm News
November 07, 2018 Trust Splitting


Law Council of Australia

 – Deputy Chair, Business Law Section, National Taxation Committee

The Tax Institute

 – Life Member, Past National President and Chartered Tax Adviser


Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listing:

Best Lawyers in Australia Listings:

  • Adelaide Tax Law Lawyer of the Year - 2014 & 2015
  • Commercial Law - Since 2021
  • Tax Law - Since 2012
  • Trusts and Estates - Since 2021
  • Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice - Since 2017