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Client testimonials

I had a Court summons for failing to lodge tax returns. It was a complex problem, one that I could no longer avoid. What I desperately needed was a specialist in taxation, a legal firm that did not treat me as another number.

I found Hartigan Law on the internet and the website told me exactly what I wanted to read. I met with Catriona and we had a lengthy discussion about my situation, how it arose and what she thought was the best way to handle it. Before the hearing there were a few more meetings with Catriona.

The day of the hearing came, and that was where I saw that I had definitely made the right choice in having Catriona represent me. She confidently and purposefully explained my situation to the magistrate, her defence was strong reasonable and truthful. I had never hoped for such a great result and as low a fine, and it showed that Catriona was there to represent me, to do her best and not just go through the motions.

If ever I had to contend with the ATO again Catriona is definitely the person I want in my corner.

Matthew Beaumont | Small Business Owner

I was referred to Catriona by my accountant in Perth. I only had 7 working days notice before the court date. I thought we had a good case to get the charges withdrawn but the ATO was not listening or responding to my reasons for not having lodged 3 years tax returns and 3 years GST returns. Even though I had now completed all my lodgements, the ATO were still proceeding with the prosecution.

After giving Catriona all the relevant information, Catriona managed to lodge a submission to the ATO within 3 working days providing legal arguments as to why extenuating circumstances warranted the charges being withdrawn. This meant the ATO postponed the court date so they could properly consider the submission.

Eight working days after lodging the submission Catriona followed up the ATO to receive the welcome news that the ATO accepted the arguments put forward in the submission and would withdraw the charges.

I also appreciated that Catriona was able to give me a fixed cost to provide her services to me so there were no surprises about her fees. Even though I was in WA and Catriona was in SA she was always available on the phone and kept me up to date with what was going on. I can’t thank her enough.

Luke | Western Australia