Areas of Practice
Alistair practises exclusively in the areas of tax litigation and tax dispute resolution.
Alistair represents corporations, individuals and other entities with respect to audits and other enforcement action conducted by the Canada Revenue Agency including offshore compliance audits and complex business audits. Alistair frequently represents and advises clients with respect to CRA requirements and demands for information. Additionally, Alistair represents clients with audits and administrative appeals with provincial revenue authorities.
Alistair conducts litigation on behalf of clients in a broad range of income tax, GST and related disputes both in administrative objections with the CRA and in actions in the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal. Alistair also conducts appeals to the superior and appellate courts of Alberta and British Columbia.
Alistair articled at the Tax Court of Canada before practising in Calgary, Alberta prior to moving to Vancouver. He has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Course. He has authored a number of articles on tax litigation and tax dispute resolution and presents on tax dispute topics at forums such as Canadian Tax Foundation conferences and Canadian Bar Association section meetings.
Alistair is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Alberta, and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1998
Admitted to the Alberta Bar, 1998
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar, 2002
University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, 1996, LL.B.
University of Toronto, 1993, B.A.
CBA Tax Law for Lawyers, 1998
CICA In-Depth Tax Course (Parts I and II), 1998 to 2000
Professional Memberships and Associations
Member, Canadian Tax Foundation (1998-present)
Publications and Presentations
“Best Practices When Representing Taxpayers In The CRA’s New Audit Regime”, co-presented Shane Onufrechuk (KPMG) to Canadian Tax Foundation’s Young Practitioners Group meeting on January 24, 2020.
“Best Practices When Dealing With a CRA Audit”, presented to the CBA B.C. Branch, Taxation Subsection on December 5, 2018
“Best practices when representing taxpayers in the CRA’s new audit regime”, co-presented with Michelle Moriartey and Shane Onufrechuk (KPMG), 2018 British Columbia Tax Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation
“The Taxation of Medical Marihuana: Goods and Services Tax and Provincial Sales Tax (British Columbia)”, 2015 Medical Marihuana conference by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
“Voluntary Disclosures Program – Selected Current Issues”, presented to the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Young Practitioners Group meeting on February 7, 2013
“Taxpayers Relief Provisions – Voluntary Disclosure and Request for Cancellation or Waiver of Penalties and Interest,” 2009 British Columbia Tax Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation
“Current Tax Cases: 2007 – 2008,” co-presented with Ron D.F. Wilhelm, 2008 British Columbia Tax Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation