Neil Bass Joins Fraser Milner Casgrain Partnership to Head National Sales and Commodity Tax Group

 In FMC, GST, PwC, Tax Partner Moves, Wilson

Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, has announced that Neil Bass, a highly acclaimed practitioner in the area of sales and commodity tax, joined the firm on February 1, 2007 as National Leader of its Sales and Commodity Tax Group. Mr. Bass leaves his current position as a partner with Wilson & Partners LLP, a law firm affiliated with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, to join FMC as a partner in its Toronto office.

“As a Canadian leader in sales and commodity taxation, Neil is the ideal candidate to head up this national group,” says Michel Brunet, FMC’s Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “He will provide sage counsel to our clients and other practice groups, develop mutual synergies with our international trade group, and ensure the best commodity tax resources are in place to address our clients’ needs across the country.”

As an active member of the National Sales and Commodity Tax Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a previous member of its CICA Joint Legislation Review Committee, Mr. Bass played a strategic role in the amendment of the Canadian Excise Tax Act.

A recipient of the 1999 Normand Guerin Award for his outstanding contribution to the study of commodity taxation, Mr. Bass has been recognized by legal and other professional directories as a leading practitioner in this area. He regularly addresses audiences on various commodity tax matters, has authored numerous articles on the GST and co-edited Canadian GST and Commodity Tax Cases, published by CCH Canadian Limited.

“Neil’s depth of expertise in commodity taxation, tax litigation, and international customs duties, as well as his role as an active participant in the ongoing evolution of Canada’s tax laws will be invaluable for our clients,” explains Chris Pinnington, Managing Partner, FMC Toronto.


For more than 165 years, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP has distinguished itself as one of Canada’s leading business law firms. With more than 500 lawyers within Canadian offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and an office in New York, FMC offers the essential depth of experience and trusted legal advice to anticipate clients’ needs and help them succeed. FMC has recognized expertise in taxation, litigation and dispute resolution, financial services, mining and natural resources, public-private partnerships (P3s), real estate, energy, labour and employment, securities, and mergers and acquisitions.

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