Damien is committed to excellence and innovative thinking and is renowned for his boundless energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to achieving the best possible results for his clients. He offers his clients meticulously crafted, value-focused and highly efficient strategies and solutions.
Damien brings over 25 years of experience working in complex tax and commercial litigation and has had extensive involvement in matters involving litigating with the various Revenue authorities. He advises on all aspects of Australian and State revenue disputes, complex cross-border tax investigations, tax litigation, management of raids by revenue authorities and strategic discussions with tax authorities.
Damien has advised on a range of tax and trust law matters encompassing issues such as the misuse of administrative powers and their review by the Federal Court. He has also provided advice in cases involving malicious prosecution proceedings and instances of misfeasance in public office by taxation officers.
Damien is a member of The Tax Institute of Australia. In addition, he is an active member of the Queensland Law Society Revenue Committee, where he advises on State Revenue taxes, encompassing areas such as stamp duty and payroll tax. He is also a member of the Law Council’s Business Tax Law Committee, reviewing and advising on Federal Tax law matters to the national body and Australian Taxation Office.
Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Damien commenced his private practice, Bourke Legal which merged with Holding Redlich in 2017. Previous to this, he was a Partner at Ernest & Young, leading their Queensland tax disputes practice, and a Principal at Damien Bourke and Associates (which was also acquired by EY in 2008).