Mr Nicholas Augustinos

Senior Lecturer
B.Ec. (Hons) (Syd); LLB (Hons) (Syd); LLM (Syd/UCL); GradDipLP (UTS)

Phone: (02) 8204 4222

  • Biography

    Nicholas is an experienced commercial lawyer, having practised for a number of years with leading law firms in Sydney and London, including Allens, Cameron McKenna, Allen & Overy and Dibbs Barker. He was a partner with Dibbs Barker for four years. Whilst in London he gained international experience working on financing and construction transactions covering a variety of jurisdictions in Europe and the Middle East. His Sydney experience has focused on the more complex types of financing matters, particularly structured and project financings involving stamp duty and taxation issues. He has provided extensive advice to clients on the regulatory and taxation laws affecting the financial transactions they are engaged in.

    Nicholas is also a recognised legal academic and scholar, having been published in leading, refereed publications. He completed postgraduate studies in law at the University of Sydney and at University College London (University of London). Before joining UNDA in 2010, Nicholas was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Law.

  • Teaching areas

    Taxation Law
    Commercial Law
    Construction and Building Contract Law

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Taxation Law
    Cultural Property Law

  • Book chapters

    “The Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Event of Armed Conflict: the Cyprus Experience” in N. Palmer (ed) The Recovery of Stolen Art (Kluwer Law International, London, 1998).

  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • (with Webster, K). “Tackling Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Through Enhanced Information Exchange”, (2014) Volume 16 Journal of Australian Taxation (forthcoming).
    • “The Meaning of ‘Market Value’ in Australia’s Income Tax Assessment Act 1997” (2014) Volume 9, No.1 Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association 103.
    • “Apportionment of Dual-Purpose Expenses”, (2013) Revenue Law Journal Vol 23: Iss.1, Article 2, available at:
    • “Blackhole Expenditures and the Operation of Section 40-880”, (2009) 38(2) Australian Tax Review 100.
    • “NSW Mortgage Duty: Credit for Duty Paid in Another State on Collateral Securities”, Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, September 2003.
    • “Duty Paid on Collateral Securities”, Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, March 2003.
    • “Tax Benefits Derived Under Financing Transactions”, Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, September 2001.
    • “Sale and Leasebacks”, Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, March 2000.
    • “Partnerships and Capital Gains Tax – A Comparative International Analysis”, Taxation in Australia (Red Edition), February 1993.
    • “Partnerships and Capital Gains Tax”, CCH Journal of Australian Taxation, October 1992.
    • “Remuneration Packaging”, Volume 9 Australian Tax Forum, 1992.
  • Conference papers

    • "An International Comparative Analysis of the Depreciation of Wasting Intangibles - Implications for Australia's Income Tax Assessment Act 1997", 27th Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference, Adelaide University, Adelaide January 2015.
    • "The Meaning of 'Market Value' in Australia's Income Tax Assessment Act 1997", 26th Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane January 2014.
  • Professional affiliations

    Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales
    Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales
    Fellow, Tax Institute (forthcoming)
    Member, Australasian Tax Teachers Association

  • Community engagement

    Over twenty years' service as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Fellowship Leader and Bible Study Group Leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. 
    Establishment of All Saints Grammar (an independent Greek Orthodox school)
    Lay Pastoral Care Visitor, Concord Repatriation General Hospital

  • Awards

    Spanos Melrose Memorial Scholarship, University of Sydney, 1992