Gary Watson is the Principal Solicitor of Watson Legal Pty Ltd . Gary’s extensive legal skills with his previous financial planning knowledge*, makes for a perfect combination of experience for helping clients navigate the complexities of tax law, aged care, estate matters, conveyancing, wills and divorce. Tax law and aged care advice are of particular interest to Gary.
Gary has over 21 years of experience, as an Executive Level officer, across a range of taxation audit, taxation objections and litigation, debt litigation, technical skilling, and policy development in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Gary commenced his career with the ATO, in 2000, as part of the Northern NSW GST Management Team, responsible for the introduction and implementation of the New Tax System (GST). In this role he managed a team of tax advisers and GST auditors in the Lower and Upper Hunter Valley. He has held several technical, advisory and management roles, including Assistant Director Registrations, Senior Legal Officer in GST Review & Litigation and National Penalty Adviser.
Gary is a recipient of the ATO Senior Executive Award for performance excellence and continual professional development and academic achievement.
Gary has over 30 years’ experience across legal administration, law interpretation, dispute resolution, financial planning and business management.
- He holds a Master of Applied Law (Commercial Litigation) from the College of Law; a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Legal & Justice Studies from Southern Cross University; the Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University; the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law; and is a Graduate of the ATO Compliance Officer’s Applied Audit Program (COAAP) from the University of NSW.
- Gary was admitted as solicitor in 2011 and has held a Practicing Certificate as a Government Legal Practitioner for 10 years. He now holds a current Practicing Certificate as a Principle of a Law Practice.
- In 2015, in recognition of academic achievement at Masters Degree level, Gary was admitted as a Graduate Fellow of the College of Law.
- He is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the Hunter Valley Law Society.
Gary and his wife of over 39 years have three children and one grandchild. He enjoys spending his weekends catching up with family and renovating. Gary holds his pilot license and flies light aircraft and vintage Tiger Moth.
*Financial planning advice provided by Elliot Watson Financial Planning.