Professor Richard Vann

For three decades, Richard has lent clients and colleagues his considerable expertise in international taxation in his role as a Consultant at Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills.

He is the Challis Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and has held teaching positions at some of the world’s leading law schools including Harvard University, New York University and the University of London.

Richard has extensive experience in advising public and private entities on complex tax issues. He has been a full-time legal counsel for the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, advising governments and training tax officials on tax treaties in more than 50 countries. He has also served as a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association. For the past 20 years, Richard has assisted the Australian Treasury and Australian Taxation Office with tax treaty policy and interpretation.   

A prolific writer who has published on a vast range of taxation law issues, Richard is Editor-in-Chief of an online Global Tax Treaty Commentary for the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in Amsterdam.

Richard holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland, with both First Class Honours and the University Medal. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.