Matthew Williams is a partner and practices in the firm’s Toronto office.
Matthew’s practice focuses on all aspects of taxpayer representation including civil and criminal tax litigation. He has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court and the Supreme Court of Canada on a wide range of issues including tax appeals, tax evasion matters, CPP/EI appeals, Charter applications and rectification orders.
Recently, Matthew appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case involving the residence of a trust for tax purposes and the possible application of Canada’s general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) to deny benefits obtained under Canada’s tax treaties. Matthew is currently working on a number of tax appeals dealing with a wide range of international, domestic and provincial tax issues.
Matthew has spoken at a number of conferences including the annual Ontario Tax Conference on the topic of ‘advisor penalties’ and on the application of the ‘general anti-avoidance rule’; and has authored a number of articles including a paper on ‘taxpayer’s rights’ published by the Canadian Tax Journal.
A member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Advocates Society and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Matthew is also an editor of Tax Litigation Quarterly.
Matthew has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert as a consistently recommended corporate tax litigator. Matthew has been recognized as a leading tax dispute resolution lawyer by the International Tax Review, was recently named among the “Best Lawyers in Canada” by Best Lawyers International, has been peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Lawyer, and is recognized by Chambers and Partners in its 2017 Chambers Canada Guide.
Matthew received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.