Mallesons top tax man quits law

One of Australia’s leading tax practitioners is quitting Mallesons Stephen Jaques after 22 years because he hates tax.

Partner Michael Wiley heads the Sydney tax practice and is regarded as one of the country’s most senior practitioners.

Mallesons is one of the country’s leading tax firms, acting for clients such as Orica, Unilever and Lion Nathan.

But after 22 years with the firm, 15 as a partner, Wiley has decided to quit both the firm and the law.

He says that his decision to leave is based solely on his dislike for tax law and not out of any dissatisfaction with the firm. “[Tax] has ceased to be enjoyable. I do not think that there are a lot of senior lawyers who would honestly say that they are enjoying their work,” he says.

As yet, the 44-year-old has not made a decision concerning his future professional life. But he confirms that he will have “an absolute and complete change of career”.

The firm has not decided who will replace Wiley when he leaves at the end of August.