Neil is highly acclaimed in the fields of tax litigation and commodity taxation, including goods and services tax and harmonized sales tax (GST/HST), provincial sales tax (PST), and international customs duties, and is the leader of Dentons' National Tax Group. He has extensive experience in dealing with various taxation authorities and has represented clients before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, as well as before Provincial Courts. Neil served on the CBA/CICA Joint Legislation Review Committee that reviewed the draft legislation which amended the Canadian Excise Tax Act.
Neil has authored numerous articles and conference papers on the GST/HST and was a co-editor of Canadian GST and Commodity Tax Cases published by CCH Canada Limited. Neil has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of commodity tax in prominent legal and other professional directories including, most recently, International Tax Review.
Neil continues to address audiences on a variety of commodity tax matters and is a past presenter at the CICA Commodity Tax Symposium and the Canadian Tax Foundation Conference. Neil was also awarded the 1999 Normand Guerin Award for his ''outstanding contribution to the study of commodity taxation''.
- Counsel to Sprott Resource Lending Partnership with respect to $72 million senior secured notes financing for North American Palladium Ltd.
- Counsel to Providence Service Corporation on their entry into the Canadian workforce initiatives market through their acquisition of WCG International Consultants
- Consistently recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Commodity Tax/Customs
- Repeatedly recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011-2013 as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Commodity Tax/Customs
- Recognized by The Legal 500 Canada 2013 in the area of Tax
- Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished BV Peer Review Rating
- Recognized as a leading lawyer in International Tax Review Tax Controversy Leaders (Canada) 2012 and 2013
- Recommended by The 2011 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Commodity Tax
- Co-author, "Recent Developments of Importance in Litigation - Corporate Tax", The 2010/2011 Lexpert CCCA/ACCJE Corporate Counsel Directory and Yearbook
- "Recent Developments of Importance in Litigation - Corporate Tax", The 2010 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- Ontario Announces Sales Tax Harmonization
Activities and Affiliations
- Chair, Dentons Canada LLP National Tax Group
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, Commodity Tax Customs and Trade Section
- Member, The GST/HST Leaders Forum, a group established by the Canadian Institute of Charter Accountants of recognized GST/HST accounting and legal service professionals from across Canada
- Here We Go Again: Revisiting Financial Services, Joint Ventures, and Nominees/Bare Trusts”, CPA Commodity Tax Symposium, September 30, 2013
- Neil speaks extensively on the GST/HST and a variety of commodity tax matters
- Speaker, "The 2012 Case Law Update", CICA Commodity Tax Symposium, Ottawa, October 2, 2012
- Speaker, "Tax and Privilege: A Primer", Continuing Professional Development Bootcamp, Toronto, November 30, 2011