Chelsea Lyford


Chelsea Lyford is a Principal Lawyer and Team Leader in Coleman Greig’s Tax & Superannuation team. A specialist in tax law, Chelsea has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas.

Experienced in the full spectrum of commercial and personal taxation law, Chelsea advises clients on Commonwealth and state taxation laws (predominantly in New South Wales and Western Australia).

Chelsea’s clients include high net worth individuals, companies, trusts, SMSFs, not-for-profit organisations and multinationals. Chelsea also regularly advises financial institutions, accountants, financial planners and lawyers who are not tax specialists.  Chelsea has worked with many clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Prior to Coleman Greig, Chelsea worked at boutique and first tier law firms in Australia (Sydney and Perth) and New York and was a Barrister specialising in taxation and commercial law matters.

Chelsea was also a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, presiding over and making decisions on hundreds of taxation and commercial applications, case management directions hearings and alternative dispute resolution hearings.

Earlier in her career, Chelsea was the Associate to the late Justice Graham Hill in the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registry.

Chelsea draws upon her unique and broad background and experience, described above, to provide creative, practical and timely solutions for her clients.


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“Tax touches everything. Tax law issues extend to both commercial and/or personal decisions, requiring a sound knowledge of not just tax law to be solved. They often require creative thinking. This can be a cerebral exercise which is not for the faint of heart (or brain)! This is what attracted me to tax law early on in my legal career.”- Chelsea Lyford

  • Income tax (personal and corporate)
  • Goods and services tax
  • Fringe benefits tax
  • Superannuation (including superannuation guarantee charge matters)
  • International tax
  • Transfer pricing
  • Transfer duty
  • Landholder duty
  • Pay-roll tax
  • Land tax
  • Tax effective wills and some estate planning (including probate)
  • Tax litigation services including taxation objections, reviews and appeals in the Federal Court, the AAT, the Supreme Court of WA, the District Court of WA and the State Administrative Tribunal (WA)
  • Extensive experience with ATO audits, making voluntary disclosures to and in negotiating settlements with the ATO on behalf of a wide range of taxpayers

Honours (LLM), with Distinction, The University of Sydney (Taxation law focus)
Master of Laws (LLM), The University of Sydney
Law Society of NSW
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Murdoch University

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Bendel and Commissioner of Taxation [2023]
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