Transitioning to Partnership

Accounting, Tax & Financial Services for Lawyers

As with any professional career trajectory, the needs of a lawyer will change over time.  What may commence as a simple annual tax return can swiftly progress into a much more complex undertaking.  There may be tax effective structures such as trusts, companies and super funds to be established for investment and asset protection purposes.

To this end, tax and cash flow planning is crucial.  Tax planning is vital to reduce the amount of tax that would otherwise be payable, which can be safely strategised using a variety of techniques.  We have put together some of the key accounting and financial areas that need to be considered when transitioning to partnership.

Key Accounting & Financial Steps to
Transitioning to Partnership

Nominate a Person or
Entity for the Service Trust

Nominate a person or an entity such as a discretionary trust to be the unit holder of the service trust, giving you the flexibility to distribute some of your income and save on tax.

Ensure you and your Family
are Financially Secure

You should consider risk insurances such as income protection and life insurance, particularly if you have young children or starting a family, to ensure you and your family are financially secure.

Prepare for your
Tax Liabilities

In the first year you will receive gross income, which means you will need to calculate your likely tax liabilities and put this aside. Timely tax preparation will ensure you make the correct distributions annually and remain compliant.

Manage and Plan
your Cash Flow

Cash flow planning is critical to ensure that you have set aside enough cash to pay your tax. A common strategy is to leave cash in an offset account if you have a home loan to reduce the yearly interest.

Manage your
Super Payments

You are now responsible for paying your own super payments and will need to consider how much you would like to put into your super fund. It could give you tax deductions of 47%, provided you are on the highest marginal tax rate.

Setup Investment and Tax
Strategies to Minimise Tax

Build financial security through investing in asset classes that suit your risk profile. Setup the appropriate investment and tax structures to help with tax minimisation.


Emma Warren, Partner and Projects and Development Practice Group Leader at Allens, shares her story on her transition to Partnership with Mark Forte from Wilson Pateras.

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Wilson Pateras Specialise in Accounting, Tax &
Financial Advice 
for Lawyers

A proactive, strategic financial plan specific to your career trajectory within the legal category:
one that looks beyond mere taxation compliance with a focus on wealth management.

Mark Forte

Nick Street

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Financial Adviser

Wilson Pateras recommend that legal professionals seek expert guidance from accountants who understand their professional category and take time to appreciate their personal circumstances. Having this dual-faceted knowledge is key to creating premium outcomes for lawyers – that’s why Wilson Pateras’ accountants and advisors familiarize ourselves with our legal client’s career goals and financial aspirations. The legal career path is a unique one: any tax or wealth management strategy you might put in place should match with your professional objectives.

Engaging an expert lawyer-focused accountant advisor to review and discuss these matters ensures you’ll be making the correct distributions annually and remaining compliant with ATO guidelines. Doing so sooner than later allows your financial strategy to mirror that of your career progression.

Having worked with legal professionals at various stages of their career trajectory, Wilson Pateras know that consulting with expert accountants will only ever be to a lawyer’s benefit. Knowledge means the power of better decision-making, leaving you to progress your career with confidence – the aim of every lawyer!

Wilson Pateras can:

  Plan your tax payments
  Plan your cash flow
  Prepare and lodge your tax returns
  Manage all ATO correspondence
  Ensure you meet compliance obligations
  Recommend appropriate investment and tax structures
  Setup and manage your super fund
  Advise on investment classes that suit your risk profile
  Advise on appropriate insurance
  Provide you with bookkeeping services
  Reduce the burden placed on your time