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Forsyth/Pose Scholarship

The Forsyth/Pose Scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS) for papers on a topic in the field of taxation law. It was offered for the first time in 2013 to commemorate leading taxation law practitioners Neil Forsyth QC and Kevin Pose. Both were long-standing members of the BLS specialist Taxation Committee.

Neil Forsyth QC was one of Australia’s foremost tax advisers from the 1980s until his untimely death in 1997. He was immensely learned, personally charming and incredibly generous to his colleagues. He was graced with a powerful intellect, strong work ethic, commitment to justice and a profound knowledge of all aspects of taxation and commercial law. Neil had an incisive sense of humour and not surprisingly he was one of the Bar’s most esteemed and liked members. He was a founding member of the BLS Taxation Committee.

Kevin Pose was a well established tax academic at University of Melbourne before reading with Neil Forsyth at the Bar. Kevin left the Bar to establish the tax team at Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks (now Allens) and became one of Australia’s foremost tax practitioners and scholars. Kevin was one of the subscribers in support of the memorandum advocating the creation of the BLS and one of the founding members of the BLS Taxation Committee. He was gentle, honest, unassuming and diplomatic. The tax community suffered a sad loss with his untimely death in 2010.

This scholarship recognises that Neil and Kevin played a central role in developing and mentoring the careers of many young lawyers and were always concerned to ensure that they gave younger lawyers the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their talents.

Forsyth/Pose Scholarship 2018 round

Entries for the Scholarship are now open. Scholarship entries close 5pm, 30 August 2018, AEST. For more information and for conditions of entry, see here.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted on an official application form. Please submit applications to BLS Administrator, Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick, via email: Jane.Bacot-Kilpatrick@lawcouncil.asn.au or phone:(02) 6246 3737.

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