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Fiona Bucknall

Law Graduate

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Fiona Bucknall

Fiona is an energetic self-starter who thrives on problem-solving.

About

Fiona lives and breathes litigation. Having recently completed her double degree in Law and Arts at Monash University, Fiona is an energetic self-starter with a passion for anticipating and solving problems. She primarily assists our litigation and employment law teams in drafting correspondence, research and advice. Fiona is also a planner at heart and is always planning her next adventure, whether it’s to Bosnia or Bright.

Outside of the office, you’ll find Fiona enjoying Melbourne’s live music scene with a cocktail or craft beer in hand. She also has a passion for expanding access to the justice system and has provided volunteer paralegal assistance to Refugee Legal and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

Experience

  • Drafting and filing pleadings and affidavits in Victorian and Federal jurisdictions.
  • Drafting detailed advice and correspondence in relation to litigious matters.
  • Drafting employment policies such as a tailored Drug & Alcohol Policy, Equal Opportunity Policy and Leave Policy.
  • Drafting complex tax objections and private ruling applications.
  • Preparing seminars on topics such as “Redundancy in a COVID-19 World” and “NSW Transfer Duty Changes”.

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Working from home during a COVID-19 lockdown: can you claim a tax deduction for rent?

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Working from home during a COVID-19 lockdown: can you claim a tax deduction for rent?

The ATO has long held firm on the principle that rent payments (being a form of occupancy costs) are generally outgoings ‘of a private or domestic nature’ and therefore not deductible, even where part of the rented home is used as a home office. However, it has been accepted that in some circumstances, a rent deduction may be claimed.