Local barristers advise in High Court case

Two Brisbane barristers have provided counsel in a landmark High Court challenge against a controversial tax on electric vehicles in Victoria.

Level Twenty Seven Chambers barristers Sarah Spottiswood and Michael Maynard appeared as junior counsel for the Queensland Attorney-General and Commonwealth Attorney-General respectively in the case, which was decided on Wednesday.

In Vanderstock v Victoria [2023] HCA 30, electric car owners Christopher Vanderstock and Kathleen Davies argued the tax was illegal because it was an excise, which only the Commonwealth could impose. The High Court agreed, finding the tax was unconstitutional.

Sarah and Michael will soon present a seminar on the judgment and its implications.

Read the full judgment here.

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